Workshop with ASHA Workers
A one day workshop was held with ASHAs on violence against women, equality and health on October 26, 2017, at Disha Training Centre. In all 37 people participated in it.
Disha Director KN Tiwari welcomed all the participants and congratulated the ASHAs and health department for their dedicated work for betterment of health. He further stated that Asha workers played a vital role between health department and women in the society to disseminate all information and health benefits.
P Ram, programme coordinator, informed about selection and responsibilities of ASHAs. ASHAs are local women trained to act as health educators and promoters in their communities and create awareness on health and its social determinants and mobilise the community towards health planning and increased utilisation and accountability of the existing health services. Their tasks include motivating women to give birth in hospitals, bringing children to immunisation clinics, encouraging family planning (e.g., surgical sterilisation), treating basic illness and injury with first aid, keeping demographic records, and improving village sanitation. ASHAs are also meant to serve as a key communication mechanism between the healthcare system and rural populations. They act as a depot holder for essential provisions made available to all habitations like Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORS), Iron Folic Acid Tablet(IFA), chloroquine, Disposable Delivery Kits (DDK), Oral Pills and Condoms, etc.
Coordinator Tasneem shared information about gender. She said gender issues did not allow women to progress in life, created discrimination between men and women and hurt all the women rights. She lamented that gender discrimination developed such atmosphere, which made women less competent, did not allow them to go out of house and did not permit them to participate in any socio-political decisions. She further said that girls faced lots discriminations in respect of birth, equality, food, lack of play, harassment by father, brother and husband during her life, physical abuse at work place. Women were all the time harassed socially, economically, religiously and politically. The time has to come to put an end to all this and in this ASHA workers can play important role, she concluded.