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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.94

Exploring alternatives coping strategies adopted by the lower caste women health workers: Evidences from Primary Health Care Setting in India


  • Dr. Virendra KUMAR

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Background: Caste plays a very important role in defining the boundaries for the women health workers in India. It is well-established fact that lower caste people suffer from social exclusion and discrimination at their workplace in India. This paper explores the alternative coping strategies that women health workers adopt while delivering health services at the grassroots level in India. Methods: The study evaluation used a mixed methods approach that included qualitative and quantitative components. A total of 260 women health workers were interviewed across the cadres at their workplace. Findings: Women adopt a range of coping strategies to perform their job in the health service setting. They adopt such strategies but at the same time, they underwent several mental health issues while suppressing themselves. Conclusion: The policymakers need to understand the gravity of the issue to provide an enabling work environment to the health workers irrespective of their caste.