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Indian Journal of Forensic and Community Medicine

Knowledge and Utilization of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme among women in an urban slum- a community based study

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Author Details : Kartik Sudhakar Patil, Meenal V. Kulkarni

Volume : 3, Issue : 4, Year : 2016

Article Page : 267-271

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Background: ICDS is the largest government run health program for children with its foot spread across complete Indian Territory.
Objective: Study was aimed to obtain information about the knowledge, level of awareness and utilization of the services provided under ICDS among women living in the urban slum.
Methods: Study was a community based cross-sectional study, conducted through a preformed questionnaire and house interview of women of 151 households in a slum.
Results: The awareness level about Anganwadi and various services provided by ICDS through Anganwadi among women was 91.39%. Immunization, Supplementary Nutrition(SN) and Health checkup were the known services in contrast to Referral services, Nutrition and Health Education (NHE), and Preschool Non-formal Education(PNFE) which were lesser known. Utilization of these services was 77.48%. In our study 37.5%, 31.25% and 18.75% pregnant women respectively utilized facility of Take Home Rations THR), health checkup and immunization & 38.46%, 30.77% nursing mothers respectively took regular THR, regular checkup. Among children beneficiaries, the group of 6-36 month consisted of 80 children among whom 41.25% took irregular SN, 70% were completely immunized, 60% had regular health checkups. In the group of 3-6 years out of 67 children, only 22.39% took regular SN, 71.64% were completely immunized, 62.69 had regular health checkups and meager 9% attended PNFE.
Conclusion: Level of awareness was found to be good. Utilization was found to be better among children as compared to women.

ICDS, Utilization of ICDS, Awareness of ICDS, Slum women, Anganwadi

How to cite : Patil K S, Kulkarni M V, Knowledge and Utilization of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme among women in an urban slum- a community based study. Indian J Forensic Community Med 2016;3(4):267-271

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