International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 1, Issue 9, Part F (2015)
Women health security through ICDS in rural Punjab
Sarbjit Singh Kular
Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme, which has been operating in the all districts of Punjab for decades. Under the present study women health security had been evaluated through Supplementary Nutrition ration component of ICDS, in the light of the objectives, to assess the availability of regular Supplementary Nutrition ration for women in Anganwadi centres, number of days for distributing supplementary nutrition from 1st January to 31st December, 2012 and percentage of the enrolled pregnant and nursing women coming to receive supplementary nutrition. For the study, three rural ICDS projects; namely Barnala ICDS project, Sehna ICDS project and Mehal Kalan ICDS project were selected from Barnala district of Punjab. The study was conducted during August to December 2013. A total of 30 Anganwadis (10 from each ICDS project) were selected on the basis of random, which was working at least the last 20 years. It was found that only 33.33% AWWs were getting SN ration in time. It was shocking to note that a high majority (83.34%) of AWWs did not distribute SN ration for 300 days in a year as they were supposed to under the rules. All the projects put together, 44.47% nursing mothers and 48.19% pregnant women did not regularly receive SN ration from the AWCs. Thus, In Punjab the women health security through ICDS programm was unsatisfactory.
How to cite this article:
Sarbjit Singh Kular. Women health security through ICDS in rural Punjab. Int J Appl Res 2015;1(9):364-368.