(Accredited Social Health Activist) Programme
Since inception of NRHM in 2005, ASHA (known as ASHA Sahyogini
in Rajasthan) has played an important and critical role in implementation
of health activities under NRHM. The ASHA programme was introduced
as a key component of the community process intervention and
now it has emerged as the largest community health worker programme
in the world and is considered a critical contribution to enabling
people's participation in health.
ASHA is a community level worker whose role is to function as
a health care facilitator, a service provider and to generate
awareness on health issues. Besides delivering key services
to maternal child health and family planning, she also renders
important services under National Disease Control Programme.
• Ensuring 4 antenatal checkups, institutional delivery
and post natal checkups.
• Identifying the risk and referring the mother &
child to the health institution.
• Promoting attendance of children at anganwadi on village
health and nutrition day for immunization.
• Holding monthly meetings of Village Health and Sanitation
• Counselling couples for family planning and distributing
contraceptives to eligible couples.
• Counselling mothers fo immunization of child at every
• Interface between community and health services to control
diseases such as Malaria, Tuberculosis, Blindness etc.
Current scenario - A woman hired by Women & Child Department
but works for Medical & health also, she gets fixed Rs.
2700 from WCD and M&H pays incentives. Currently around
53000 ASHA Sahyogini are working in the State. They are given
a small village or a cluster of houses for ensuring better awareness
about health, RCH activities and family welfare services in
Why ASHA Soft - To ensure timely and transparent online payment
to ASHAs; To improve the system for effective monitoring their
performance on 39 parameters.
Main activities - Verification of ASHA Claim Form; Online data
entry of ASHA Claim Form and its verification on ASHA Soft;
Release of sanction or fund transfer order; Release of payment
(using DSC); SMS will be sent to ASHA for information of online
Strengths - No capital investment in any manner and at any level
(Existing PC is used); Existing Information Assistants/ Computer
operators used –No new HR hired; Existing SMS Gateway
is used…better used; Existing banker can be made partner;
Utility of PCTS/MCTS, which in turn strengthens entry regime;
No need to compile information manually; Informed decisions