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Community health workers are a key communication mechanism between the healthcare system and the population, however they face several challenges, Analyse the statement in the backdrop of recent attacks ASHA worker conducting COVID-19 survey.

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

4. Community health workers are a key communication mechanism between the healthcare system and the population, however they face several challenges, Analyse the statement in the backdrop of recent attacks ASHA worker conducting COVID-19 survey.(250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why this question:

The question is amidst the recent attack on an ASHA worker conducting a COVID-19 survey, due to an alleged suspicion that she was a government National Register of Citizens agent betrays the faltering of our community health worker programmes in a way.

Key demand of the question:

Explain Community health workers are a key communication mechanism between the healthcare system and the population and the challenges they face in delivering their responsibilities to the society.

Directive:

AnalyzeWhen asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Explain in short who community health workers are.

Body:

To start with, explain how community health worker schemes begin to play an important role; It was realised that a cadre of health workers recruited by and from within the community, and also accountable to the community, would have greater affinity with people, thus ensuring greater community participation in care delivery.

Discuss in detail the challenges faced by them.

Present the example of ASHA workers; their role, importance and challenges before them.

Suggest solutions to address the issue.

 Conclusion:

Conclude with what needs to be done and suggest way forward.

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