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PostHeaderIcon Roles and Responsibilities of Anganwadi Workers

  • To elicit community support and participation in running the programme.
  • To weigh each child every month, record the weight graphically on the growth card, use referral card for referring cases of mothers/children to the sub centres/PHC etc., and maintain child cards for children below 6 years and produce these cards before visiting medical and paramedical personnel.
  • To carry out a quick survey of all the facilities, especially mothers and children in those families in their respective area of work once in a year.
  • To organize non-formal pre-school activities in the Anganwadi of children in the age group 3-6 years of age and to help in designing and making of toys and play equipment of indigenous origin for use in Anganwadi.
  • To organize supplementary nutrition feeding for children (0-6 years) and expectant and nursing mothers by planning the menu based on locally available food and local recipes.
  • To provide health and nutrition education and counselling on breast feeding/infant & young feeding practices to mothers. Anganwadi Workers, being close to the local community, can motivate married women to adopt family planning/birth control measures.
  • AWWs shall share the information relating to births that took place during the month with the Panchayat Secretary/Gram Sabha Sewak/ANM whoever has been notified as Registrar/Sub Registrar of Births & Deaths in her village.
  • To make home visits for educating parents to enable mothers to plan an effective role in the child’s growth and development with special emphasis on new born child.
  • To maintain files and records as prescribed
  • To assist the PHC staff in the implementation of health component of the programme viz immunization, health check-up, ante natal and post natal check etc.
  • To assist ANM in the administration of IFA and Vitamin A by keeping stock of the two medicines in the Centre without maintaining stock register as it would add to her administrative work which would effect her main functions under the scheme.
  • To share information collected under ICDS Scheme with the ANM. However, ANM will not solely rely upon the information obtained from the records of AWW.
  • To bring to the notice of the Supervisors, CDPO any development in the village which requires their attention and intervention, particularly in regard to the work of the coordinating arrangements with different departments.
  • To maintain liaison with other institutions (Mahila Mandals) and involve lady school teachers and girls of the primary/middle schools in the village which have relevance to her functions.
  • To To guide Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) engaged under National Rural Health Mission in the delivery of health care services and maintenance of records under the ICDS Scheme.
  • To assist in implementation of Kishori Shakti Yojana (KSY) and SABLA and motivate and educate the adolescent girls and their parents and community in general by organizing social awareness programmes/campaigns etc.
  • Anganwadi Worker can function as depot holder for RCH Kit/contraceptives and disposable delivery kits. However, actual distribution of delivery kits or administration of drugs, other than OTC (Over the Counter) drugs would actually be carried out by the ANM or ASHA as decided by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
  • To identify the disability among children during her home visits and refer the case immediately to the nearest PHC or District Disability Rehabilitation Centre.
  • To support in organizing Pulse Polio immunization (PPI) drives.
  • To inform the ANM in case of emergency cases like diahorrea, cholera etc.
  • Other duties entrusted by the State Government and the concerned Local Panchayaths from time to time.