Background

ASHA TRAINING PROGRAMME

ASHA TRAINING

SEWAK is the Mother NGO of the district to promote RCH-II objectives in designated un-served and underserved areas together with its four partner Field NGOs. The accreditation also obliges it to deliver necessary assistance in the organization of modular trainings for the ASHAs of the district.

There are 2263 female Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) working in every nooks and corners of the district. Created under NRHM, they are purported to promote universal immunization, referral and escort services under RCH-II, and other health care delivery programs. Their involvement is also sought in the preparation and implementation of the village health plan together with other functionaries. As most of these activists hail from remote areas with low level of education and little knowledge of the health sector, NRHM makes provision for their induction training and series modular trainings so that they would be able to perform their role effectively.

Since April 2007, SEWAK has been organizing modular training for ASHA at the organization’s two campuses at Sundargarh. It is also utilizing the campus of network partner, VikashPratistan, Bonaigarh to accommodate trainees from Bonai subdivision and Lathikata Block of the district.

The modular trainings are residential, usually spread over five days, during which the ASHAs board at SEWAK’s women hostels located within the campuses. Empanelled resource persons of NRHM conduct training as per the specific curriculums of the module. Usually a module treats a number of subjects categorized under a single theme. The classes are usually demonstrative and interactive. There is an evening session when the trainees are presented with educative video shows. Four of the regular staffs of SEWAK have been empanelled as resource persons for conducting ASHA trainings.

Since November 2011, SEWAK has been conducting 6th Module Training program focusing on the theme of Home based Care. The ASHA workers of Hemgir, Lephripara, Tangarpali, Sadar, Subdega, and Kutra block are taking training at SEWAK’s head office and RRC premises at Sundargarh.