Abstract of Dissertation

Keyword : Health Urban Poor (HUP), Urban Health Nutrition Day (UHND), Mahila Arogya Samiti (MAS),

Background : The Health of urban poor project (HUP) envisages the development of a responsive, functional and sustainable urban health system that provides need-based, affordable and accessible quality healthcare and improved sanitation and hygiene for the urban poor. Urban Health Nutrition Day (UHND) serve as a common platform to deliver maternal, child health care and nutrition services to the urban poor population with the help of the Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM), the Anganwadi Worker (AWW) and HUP frontline workers and Mahila Arogya Samiti (MAS) members. MAS is expected to take collective action on issues related to Health, Nutrition,Water, Sanitation and social determinants at the slum level. The present study made an attempt to understand the role of MAS in delivering maternal, child health care and nutrition services in HUP slums.

Methodology : The study was a post intervention situation analysis. It was conducted in urban slums of Jaipur. Study is conducted in two groups of slums, that is; 1. Slums where HUP project is running and mahila arogya samiti is working. 2. Slums where HUP project is not running and mahila arogya samiti is not working In all 96 women of age group 15-49 years in 3 HUP and Non-HUP slums. Equal number of respondents (48) was covered from both the group of slums. ASHA, ANM, MAS members were interviewed under the present study.

Findings : Awareness level of residents about UHND in both HUP and Non HUP slums was 100 percent. In HUP slum 100 percent benefecieries received information about UHND from MAS worker and out of them 32 percent were also informed by ASHA. Awareness among beneficiaries’ in HUP sums about family planning methods are much better then beneficiaries’ of Non HUP slums. About pregnancy care in HUP slums 82.7 percent women took ANC services from anganwadi centre whereas in Non HUP slums only 62 percent women availed services of ANC. In both the group of slums awareness about UHND session was there but beneficiary who attend UHND session was high in HUP slums where MAS was working. There is a visible role of MAS in conduct of UHND and delivery of services regarding MNCHN.