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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-35

Awareness and perception of mothers about functioning and different services of ICDS in two districts of West Bengal


1 Professor, Community Medicine, B. S. Medical College, Bankura, India
2 Associate Professor, R. G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata, India
3 Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, Burdwan Medical College, West Bengal, India
4 Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, R. G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata, India
5 Health and HIV Specialist, UNICEF, Kolkata, India

Correspondence Address:
Indranil Saha
Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, R. G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.70549

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Integrated Child Development Services, a national programme of the Government of India has health, nutrition, and pre-school education components of services. To ascertain awareness, perception of mothers about functioning and different services of ICDS a cross-sectional community based study was conducted between June to September 2007 in Howrah and Purulia districts of West Bengal. A total of 1235 mothers were included as study subjects. As per opinion of the mothers 73% AWCs opened regularly, behaviour of the AWWs was friendly (71.6%) and 63% mothers opined that ICDS is beneficial to their children. 84.2% mothers were aware of any ICDS services. Quantity and quality of supplementary food was acceptable to 88% and 72.7% mothers respectively. 79.2% and 87.5% mothers did not receive any advice on child feeding and growth chart. Making beneficiaries aware about services by targeted interventions will ensure better utilization of ICDS.


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