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Village Health Sanitation & Nutrition Committee

Introduction

One of the key elements of the National Rural Health Mission is the Village Health , Sanitation and Nutrition committee (VHSNC). The committee has been formed to take collective actions on issues related to health and its social determinants at the village level. They are particularly envisaged as being central to ‘local level community action’ under NRHM, which would develop to support the process of Decentralised Health Planning. Thus the committee is envisaged to take leadership in providing a platform for improving health awareness and access of community for health services, address specific local needs and serve as a mechanism for community based planning and monitoring.

The committee is formed at the revenue village level and it should act as a sub-committee of the Gram Panchayat. It should have a minimum of 15 members which should comprise of elected member of the Panchayat who shall lead the committee, all those working for health and health related services should participate, community members/ beneficiaries and representation from all community sub-groups especially the vulnerable sections and hamlets/ habitations. ASHA residing in the village shall be the member secretary and convener of the committee.

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Create awareness about nutritional issues and significance of nutrition as an important determinant of health.
  • Carry out survey on nutritional status and nutritional deficiencies in the village especially among women and children.
  • Identify locally available food stuffs of high nutrient value as well as disseminate and promote best practices (traditional wisdom) congruent with local culture, capabilities and physical environment through a process of community consultation.
  • Inclusion of Nutritional needs in the Village Health Plan – The committee will do an in-depth analysis of causes of malnutrition at the community and household levels, by involving the ANM, AWW, ASHA and ICDS Supervisors.
  • Monitoring and Supervision of Village Health and Nutrition Day to ensure that it is organized every month in the village with the active participation of the whole village.
  • Facilitate early detection of malnourished children in the community; tie up referral to the nearest Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) as well as follow up for sustained outcome.
  • Supervise the functioning of Anganwadi Centre (AWC) in the village and facilitate its working in improving nutritional status of women and children.
  • Act as a grievances redressal forum on health and nutrition issues.

The committee may, preferably, act as a sub-committee of Gram Panchayat and function under the overall supervision of Gram Panchayat. States are accordingly advised to issue the necessary notifications and guidelines on constitution of VHSNC to all concerned. States are also requested to consider notifying VHSNC as a subcommittee of Gram Panchayat.

Resources

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Handbook for Members of VHSNC  PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (4.19 MB)  PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (3.75 MB) 
Notes for Trainers on VHSNC  PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (1.86 MB) PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (3.93 MB)

Orders

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Inclusion of Nutrition to VHSC   PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (946 KB) 
DO-VHSNC Declaration to Gram Sabha PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (293 KB)
VHSNC Standing Commiittee of Gram Panchayat PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (682 KB)

Guidelines

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Guidelines for Untied funds for VHSC PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (8,496 KB) 
Revised  Community Processes Guidelines PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (1.65 MB)

State Wise Orders

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West Bengal PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (1.59 MB)
Kerala PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (1.08 MB)
Sikkim PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (505 KB)
Odisha PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (407 KB)
Meghlaya PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (427 KB)
Lakshadweep PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (183 KB)
Chandigarh PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (358 KB)
Goa PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (286 KB)
Jammu & Kashmir PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (524 KB)
Andhra Pradesh PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (949 KB)
A N Island PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (675 KB)
Gujarat PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (1.13 MB)
Maharashtra PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (1.12 MB)
Punjab PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (2.63 MB)
Himachal Pradesh PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (1.06 MB)
Bihar PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (620 KB)
Madhya Pradesh PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (533 KB)
Chhattisgarh PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (1.82 MB)
Rajasthan PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (1.03 MB)
Uttar Pradesh PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (853 KB)
Jharkhand PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (830 KB)
Uttarakhand PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (666 KB)
Haryana PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (997 KB)
Tamil Nadu PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (1.72 MB)
Karnataka PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (1.05 MB)
Manipur PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (2.13 MB)
Assam PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (1.27 MB)
Nagaland PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (363 KB)
Tripura PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (1.39 MB)
Mizoram PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (793 KB)
Daman & Diu PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (619 KB)
Pudducherry PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (1.21 MB)