Assessment of Functioning of Village Health and Sanitation Committees (VHSCs) of Indore District

Malviya, A and Dixit, S and Bhagwat, AK and Bansal, SB and Khatri, AK (2014) Assessment of Functioning of Village Health and Sanitation Committees (VHSCs) of Indore District. [Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)]

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Background: The NRHM framework of implementation mentions provision of Village Health and Sanitation Committee (VHSC) in each revenue village that has to be formed within the overall framework of Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI). Objective: To review the current status of formation, training and functioning of VHSCs in Indore district and mechanism of utilization of united funds in these VHSCs. Materials and Methods: A cross sectional study was carried out in 32 villages, of four blocks of Indore district. Different stakeholders of VHSCs of these 32 villages were included purposively as study subjects. Data was collected using predesigned, pretested semi structured questionnaires and checklist. Total of 133 interviews of different stakeholders and 32 record reviews were carried out. The quantitative data collected by interviews and record reviews was analyzed by SPSS software and qualitative data was analyzed manually using qualifier. Results: Significant association between knowledge and awareness about any aspect of VHSC and type of stakeholder has been observed. PRI members and Self Help Group (SHG) members have been found to be totally ignorant about many aspects of VHSC. No formal training has ever been imparted to the members of VHSCs regarding functioning of VHSC at village level. None of the functionaries were found to be aware of village health plan. Conclusion: The efficiency and impact of VHSCs have been found to be very limited.

Item Type:Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)
Keywords:Village Health and Sanitation Committee; Accredited Social Health Activists; Panchayati Raj Institution; Self Help Group
JOURNALS > Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
ID Code:9708
Deposited By: Kakkilaya Bevinje, Dr. Srinivas
Deposited On:21 Feb 2015 14:35
Last Modified:20 Apr 2015 11:44

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