The ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) in Social Context
India’s Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs), part of the National Rural Health Mission, are expected to be service providers in the community and advocates for the right to health. Understanding ASHAs’ desire and ability to fulfill the “health activist” portion of their role necessitates understanding their social relationships. Dr. Closser’s research asks: What are ASHAs’ relationships with other cadres of health-related female workers at the community level? What impact do local social structures and gender norms have on ASHAs’ ability to fulfill their activist role? What is the relationship between what is happening at the community level and national ASHA policy?
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