"'I'm a Health Worker' - Abduaraman Gidi" made by IntraHealth International.
Globally, there is increasing interest in community health worker’s (CHW) performance; however, there are gaps in the evidence with respect to CHWs’ role in community participation and empowerment. Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs), whose roles include social activism, are the key cadre in India’s CHW programme which is designed to improve maternal and child health. In a diverse country like India, there is a need to understand how the ASHA programme operates in different underserved Indian contexts, such as rural Manipur.
Therefore, this qualitative study was undertaken in rural Manipur to explore the perceptions of stakeholders on the ASHA programme and to understand the opportunities and challenges faced by ASHAs in achieving their multiple roles within this particular context and to discuss the implications of this within and beyond India.