Research Study Proves Effectiveness of Health Workers
Faculty and students from the Master of Social Work program under the Center for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, conducted a research study on the effectiveness of community health workers spreading health awareness in Dunda and Udalka villages in Uttarakhand. A neighbouring village Jagdumga was taken as a control group were there is no trained health worker.
The study showed that women residing in a village with an active Amrita SeRVe-trained community health worker give more correct responses to a health-knowledge test than women residing in a village where no such Amrita SeRVe-trained community health worker is active. This means that the Amrita SeRVe-trained community health workers effectively spread health awareness to women in their catchment area.
The health workers do this by giving health awareness classes to women’s self-help groups. However, the results have shown that inside the health worker’s catchment area, even women who are not members of such self-help groups have more health knowledge than women residing outside the health worker’s catchment area.
von Lieres, J. S., Abraham, A. K., & Raveendran, R. (2020). How effectively do community health workers spread health awareness via women’s self-help groups in rural India?. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 20 (Special1), 299-304.