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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 was noticed.

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.


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