Sukarya – NGO

Empowering Communities: The Role of Sukarya’s Community Health Workers (CHWs)

By Meera Satpathy


In the relentless pursuit of better healthcare and improved well-being for underserved communities, Sukarya relies on a dedicated and compassionate team of Community Health Workers (CHWs). These unsung heroes play a pivotal role in addressing critical issues such as anemia, malnutrition, and maternal-child health.

In this article, we delve into the remarkable journey and invaluable contributions of Sukarya’s Community Health Workers (CHWs), from their selection process to their profound impact as catalysts of change within communities. We explore how they go beyond providing healthcare services, offering crucial interpersonal communication that has the power to transform lives. Furthermore, we’ll discuss the extensive training that equips them with the skills and knowledge needed to uplift their villages.

Join us in celebrating Sukarya’s Community Health Workers, as we uncover the transformative potential of grassroots healthcare initiatives and their role in creating a healthier and more equitable society.

The Need for CHWs and Their Selection Process

At the heart of Sukarya’s mission lie its CHWs, entrusted with the responsibility of delivering vital services to intended beneficiaries. Their role is instrumental in identifying and ensuring access to services for the specific target audience. The selection process for CHWs is rigorous, involving strict criteria such as gender (female), literacy, effective communication skills, and residency within the areas of intervention. Familiarity with the geographical landscape is also a crucial factor.

In the context of the Mewat region, the identification and selection of CHWs present unique challenges due to low female literacy rates and cultural constraints on women working outside their homes. To accommodate these realities, the eligibility criteria for CHWs have been adapted, requiring a minimum capability to read and write in Hindi.

Sukarya’s inclusive approach further enhances the credibility and acceptance of intervention projects within local communities. The involvement of village stakeholders, including religious leaders, PRI members, school teachers, AWWs, and influential figures, ensures a transparent and community-centric selection process.

Community Health Workers: The Backbone of Sukarya

Sukarya’s trained CHWs are the backbone of the organization, acting as an army of dedicated individuals committed to implementing change at the grassroots level. Their primary responsibility is to visit the homes of pregnant and lactating mothers, ensuring that these women receive the necessary care to safeguard their own health and the well-being of their children.

Home-Based Care and Inter-Personal Communication

Beyond the delivery of medical services, CHWs engage in vital interpersonal communication during home visits. These interactions hold the power to transform lives as CHWs provide essential counseling on various aspects of maternal and child health. They stress the significance of regular health check-ups, immunization, breastfeeding, and the adoption of healthy dietary habits. Critically, CHWs extend their guidance to husbands and mothers-in-law, fostering a supportive family environment for expectant and new mothers.

Training for Impact

Sukarya invests significantly in the comprehensive training of CHWs, equipping them with expertise in health, nutrition, governmental programs, and the dispelling of myths and stigmas. They also master community mobilization techniques such as Inter-Personal Communication (IPC), counseling, home visits, follow-ups, and referrals. As a result, CHWs emerge as permanent agents of change, armed with the knowledge and skills to enhance the health and well-being of their communities.

A Bridge Between Communities and Projects

CHWs act as crucial intermediaries, connecting communities with Sukarya’s projects. Positioned at each location, they facilitate community mobilization, conduct home visits, follow up with patients, and maintain registers for target individuals, including pregnant and lactating women and children. Collaborating closely with government health workers like ANMs, AWWs, and ASHAs, they ensure seamless service delivery at the grassroots level.

Empowerment Through Self-Care: The Ghar Se Shuru Campaign

Sukarya’s initiatives, including the transformative Ghar Se Shuru campaign, recognize the pivotal role of CHWs in driving positive change. They emphasize the need for CHWs to prioritize their own well-being, recognizing that this self-care not only enhances their quality of life but also equips them with profound insights into the challenges associated with anemia, malnutrition, and maternal-child health issues. This intimate understanding positions CHWs as informed advocates, ready to lead the charge against these pressing health challenges.

Holistic Impact of Sukarya’s CHWs

The influence of Sukarya’s CHWs extends beyond healthcare service provision. Their regular home visits underscore the importance of nutritional intake, routine Antenatal Care (ANC) check-ups, and the promotion of institutional births. After conducting cooking demonstrations, the field team conducts follow-up visits to monitor behavioral changes, reinforce healthy nutritional diets, and provide solutions as needed.

Community Advocates and Agents of Social Change

Sukarya’s CHWs transcend the role of healthcare providers; they are community advocates and agents of social change. They are an integral part of the very communities they serve, granting them unique insights into the social and cultural norms of their surroundings. This insight enables them to respond effectively and respectfully to the needs of their fellow community members.


Sukarya’s Community Health Workers serve as the driving force behind the organization’s endeavors to usher in positive change within underserved communities. Their unwavering dedication, profound empathy, and continuous training render them invaluable assets in the battle against anemia, malnutrition, and maternal-child health issues. By empowering CHWs, Sukarya ensures that they not only deliver healthcare services but also inspire holistic well-being within their communities. These unsung heroes epitomize the transformative power of grassroots healthcare initiatives, paving the way for a healthier and more equitable society where empowered individuals catalyze change from within.