Published: 2017-01-23

A cross sectional study of the knowledge, attitude and practice of asha workers in implementation of Janani Suraksha Yojana in Tadikonda Mandal, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India

Pavan Datta Syam Kumar Valiveti, Brahma Naidu Vinjam, Tharun Bandarupalli, Nageswara Rao Rachamadugu


Background: Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) was evolved to reduce the maternal and neonatal mortality in India which is being implemented in Andhra Pradesh state also through ASHA workers by promoting 100% institutional deliveries to poor pregnant women. Study was undertaken to evaluate the knowledge, attitude and practices of ASHA workers in delivering the JSY services.

Methods: A cross sectional community based observational study conducted in the field practice area i.e. Tadikonada Mandal of Community Medicine Department, Guntur Medical College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. Study sample was 50% of Tadikonda Mandal ASHA workers for 3 months (December 2012 to February 2013) with pre designed pilot tested semi structured questionnaire, Microsoft Excel.

Results: Study revealed that there was 90 % of institutional deliveries, Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) was reduced to 20 per 1000 live births and Maternal Mortality Rate(MMR) was also reduced to 190 per 1,00,000 live births.

Conclusions: Based on the results found in our study we came to a conclusion that in implementing the JSY services the ASHA workers are found as a back bone to reduce the IMR, MMR by promoting institutional deliveries.


ASHA, Infant Mortality Rate, Janani Suraksha Yojana, Maternal mortality rate, Utilization

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