The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 58, Issue 1, pp 69–74 | Cite as

Mother as a child health worker

  • Samir Chaudhuri
Festschrift to Honour Professor O.P. Ghai


Mothers both in the clinics and at home do not receive the type of support they need from health workers, when their children fall sick. The majority of mothers are able to manage the scarce commodities such as food, health care and other basic needs in a poverty situation, quite effectively, the exceptions being during periods of stress. The odds that the mother has to struggle with in a poor environment, facing various types of discriminations, and later in her husband's household are analysed.

A few examples are given about an improvement in mother's primary health care management skills. The “grass root” health workers should be available locally when the mothers need their help. The health workers should encourage the positive traditions prevailing. All effort should be made to increase the knowledge base of the husband as well as the peer group, so that the mothers continues to receive support in bringing about improvements.

Key Words

Child Health Worker Capacity Building of Mothers Mother and Child Health 


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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Samir Chaudhuri
    • 1
  1. 1.CINI-Child in Need Institute

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