Which of the following is / are functions of ASHA?
1. To promote institutional delivery, universal immunization
2. To educate the community about nutrition, basic sanitation & hygienic practices
3. To supply Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORS), Iron Folic Acid Tablet(IFA) etc.
4. To assist the doctor in safe delivery
Select the correct option from the codes given below:

Answer: [B] Only 1, 2 & 3

Major functions of Asha:

  • Work as fountainhead of public health programmes in her village
  • Work as first port of call for health related demands of deprived sections of society
  • Promote institutional delivery, universal immunization and other public health initiatives
  • Referral and escort services for Reproductive & Child Health (RCH) and other healthcare programmes, and construction of household toilets
  • Provide information to the community on determinants of health such as nutrition, basic sanitation & hygienic practices, healthy living and working conditions, information on existing health services and the need for timely utilisation of health & family welfare services.
  • Counsel women on birth preparedness, importance of safe delivery, breast-feeding and complementary feeding, immunization, contraception and prevention of common infections including Reproductive Tract Infection/Sexually Transmitted Infections (RTIs/STIs) and care of the young child.
  • Mobilise the community and facilitate them in accessing health and health related services available at the Anganwadi/sub-centre/primary health centers, such as immunisation, Ante Natal Check-up (ANC), Post Natal Check-up supplementary nutrition, sanitation and other
  • services being provided by the government.
  • Work as deport holder for Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORS), Iron Folic Acid Tablet(IFA), chloroquine, Disposable Delivery Kits (DDK), Oral Pills & Condoms, etc.
  • There will be one ASHA per 1000 population. [GKToday]

This question is a part of GKToday's Integrated IAS General Studies Module