This blog was originally published in December by ASSIST India staff member Enisha Sarin. This blog is being reposted today to commemorate World Health Worker Week (April 5-11).
The USAID ASSIST India Project is working in 27 high priority districts along the RMNCH+A continuum. As we moved from facility to community-based quality improvement, we wanted to understand the challenges faced by ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activist), a cadre of community health workers with whom we would closely engage in improvement work and resources they have in their health promotion work. We decided to undertake a qualitative investigation, interviewing 49 ASHAs and their family members (34 spouses, 13 mothers-in-law, one sister-in-law and one son) in two districts from June to July 2014.