The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will interact with lakhs of ASHA, ANM, Anganwadi workers, and health beneficiaries, via video conference, as part of “PoshanMaah”.
About Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA):
- Accredited social health activists (ASHAs) are community health workers instituted by the government of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) as a part of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
- ASHAs are local women trained to act as health educators and promoters in their communities.
- ASHAs must primarily be female residents of the village that they have been selected to serve, who are likely to remain in that village for the foreseeable future. Married, widowed or divorced women are preferred over women who have yet to marry since Indian cultural norms dictate that upon marriage a woman leaves her village
and migrates to that of her husband.
About Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM):
- Auxiliary nurse midwife, commonly known as ANM, is a village-level female health worker in India who is known as the first contact person between the community and the health services.
- ANMs are regarded as the grass-roots workers in the health organisation pyramid.
- Their services are considered important to provide safe and effective care to village communities.
- ANMs works at health sub-centres. The sub-centre is a small village-level institution that provides primary health care to the community.
- Each ANM is supported by four or five ASHAs.