There are a number of Anganwadis and other non governmental
organizations working over here. The influence of community
leaders is not as intense as in rural population.
The Anganwadis are run by the Anganwadi workers-who are usually
people with a little educational background (matriculate).
The basic requirement is that A. W. W. should be from the
same area and well versed in cooking and processing local
foods and habits of the community.
The work of the Anganwadi workers does not end here but continuous.
Their working time is from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and after that
they go for home visits. Thus to convince them to conduct
our research interventions separately was very difficult.The
characteristic features and the problems faced by the slum
dwellers are quite different compared to rural dwellers. The
most prevalent problems in the area are drug addiction, alcoholism,
lack of family planning methods, very poor sanitation in the
area, no schools for the children. Marital problems also are
a very common feature of slum areas, Unhygienic living condition,
no knowledge or very little knowledge regarding immunization
of children and high prevalence of disease among the community
Our interventions were so built that they could be incorporated
into the already existing A. W. programmes.
The Ladoo Sarai Anganwadi is located in a primary school.
The ICDS Mehrauli has hired a room at the school. They have
2 rooms one to keep various nutrition materials given and
other things like weighing machine etc. The other room is
used for the children as a class room. Usually this is the
way A.W. centres exist in the rural area. No A.W. centre has
its own building, they are most of the time rented from the
local community, and are Pukka structures.
The Anganwadi in urban slum is located in the Primary Health
Care Centre, where the intervention team worked. This was
again a single room pukka structure and rented. The same room
is used as store and as nursery class room for the children.