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Dedicated Services by AWWs beyond Unresolved Problems: A Cross Sectional Study in a Tribal Area of East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh, India

Author:Vijaya Venkata KSR Ponnada, Lavanya KM Rao, Sushant Kumar Mishra

Keywords:Anganwadi workers, services, tribal areas, unresolved problems, Andhra Pradesh

Type:Original Article

Abstract:"Introduction: Anganwadi workers form a key functionary under ICDS scheme with a vital role in the delivery of health services at the village level.. In spite of some unresolved problems, especially in tribal areas, the Anganwadi workers are rendering dedicated services. Hence this study was conducted with the objectives to assess the Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of AWWs about their job responsibilities and the problems faced by them. Methods: A cross sectional study among 252 AWWs in tribal areas of East Godavari District A.P. Results: Mean knowledge score is 22.8 and mean practice score is 19.7. In all aspects the knowledge was above 80%. Majority were found to have good attitude, not less than 80% in any of the aspects and practice above 75% in all aspects. AWWs also revealed some of the problems while delivering their job responsibilities. Conclusion: Most of the AWWs had adequate knowledge, good attitude and adequate practice about their job responsibilities. Most of them expressed some problems during delivery of their job responsibilities which need to be resolved. Beyond some of their unresolved problems experienced, the AWWs are rendering dedicated services."