Knowledge of Anganwadi Worker about Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS): A Study of Urban Blocks in Sundargarh District of Odisha

Jena, Prasanti (2013) Knowledge of Anganwadi Worker about Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS): A Study of Urban Blocks in Sundargarh District of Odisha. MA thesis.



Today Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) represents one of the world's largest programmes for early childhood development. The main objective of this programme is to cater to the needs of the development of children in the age group of 0-6 years. Most of the evaluation study concentrated on the nutritional and health status of the beneficiaries of ICDS. Less focus has been shifted over to assess the knowledge and awareness among AWW regarding recommended ICDS programmes, who are actually the main resource person. The key objective of the present study is to assess the correct knowledge among Anganwadi Worker about Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS). The sample for the present study comprises of 30 Anganwadi workers belonging to three Urban Blocks of Sundargarh Districts. Twenty six knowledge indicators are considered to estimate the mean knowledge score related to six domains of ICDS services. If the response is correct then it is coded as 1 or else equal to 0. Total knowledge score is estimated by adding the individual scores of each response. Results from the analysis suggest that most of the Anganwadi workers are trained; but it was found that performance as well as awareness among Anganwadi workers regarding the importance of growth charts and growth monitoring was not satisfactory. The mean knowledge score about various ICDS services is about 12.83, and the individual score ranging from minimum of 7 to maximum of 19. Hence, there is a strong and intense need for improving the training quality provided to Anganwadi workers before letting them go into the field jobs. Frequent interactions among Anganwadi workers and supervisors should be introduced for imparting information and awareness. Though Government of India putting lot of money to enhance the health status of both mother and children through AWCs, the results suggest to relook the operational aspects of AWCs at the grass root level.

Item Type:Thesis ( MA)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Anganwadi Centre; Anganwadi worker; ICDS; Children; Awareness; Knowledge; Training.
Subjects:Humanities & Social Sciences > Health economics
Divisions: Social Sciences > Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
ID Code:5194
Deposited By:Hemanta Biswal
Deposited On:12 Dec 2013 09:37
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 09:37
Supervisor(s):Pradhan, J

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