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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 171-174

National rural health mision ; opportunity for Indian public health association

Professor and Head, Community Medicine, Calcutta Medical College, Kolkatta And Secretary General IPHA

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Sandip Kumar Ray
Professor and Head, Community Medicine, Calcutta Medical College, Kolkatta And Secretary General IPHA

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National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) launched by Government of India holds great hopes and promises to serve the deprived and underserved communities of rural areas. The backbone of the programme is Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA), which will play major role in the implementation of the programme. The invariable existence of socio-cultural clusters in the community has always been a major challenge to the health care efforts made by the government. Though ASHA is a novel concept to melt the ice in the culture of silence among the various cluster community groups, it is important to emphasize that inter-cluster communication may still pose a problem, which ASHA may be unable to address. Considering the constraints of ASHA and success of cluster community approach in Unicef supported community based Maternal Child Health & Nutrition (MCHN) Project, it is quite reasonable to state that inclusion of community mobilisers (Bal Parivar Mitra) from within the cluster community group might well be an asset to the programme, who may actually bring about the task of spreading the spirit of NRHM. These set of functionaries may work in coordination to bring about the desired behaviour changes and decrease the social delays responsible for maternal and childhood mortality. It will also bring about the feeling of community participation and ownership. The programme is in its initial phase but has years ahead of it to bring visible changes at community level to make it a reality..

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