This short film is a sweet tribute to women health workers

WION Web Team New Delhi Jun 03, 2020, 12.39 PM(IST)

Indian rural women healthcare workers Photograph:( WION Web Team )

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Population Foundation of India (PFI) works closely with these health workers at the grassroots level and has produced a short film celebrating their exemplary courage. 

At the heart of the COVID19 pandemic is the relentless effort of hundreds of frontline health workers. In rural India, this battle against the pandemic is being led by an army of women health workers - the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) and Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANM) or frontline health workers. 

Population Foundation of India (PFI) works closely with these health workers at the grassroots level and has produced a short film celebrating their exemplary courage. 

The film showcases ASHA and ANM workers as they go about their daily rounds in villages and small towns helping their communities in the face of a global pandemic.   

The short film was released on Facebook and garnered 4.75 million views within the first 24 hours.
 
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The film, which is a little over a minute long, highlights the work of health workers on the ground such as administering the polio vaccine, working with pregnant women, and educating people about social distancing and hygiene. 
 
Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India said, “These women are warriors who have not just been performing their regular duties taken on additional responsibilities to raise awareness, conduct house to house surveys, monitor returning migrants and educate their communities on the precautions to take to curb the pandemic. To ensure they have the support they require to continue their work we should provide them with stable employment, training and social security benefits.  They must be empowered with tools for health education and communication for behaviour change. This film is a small gesture compared to their tremendous work on the ground.”