Village Health and Sanitation Committee (VHSC)

Summary

Village Health and Sanitation Committee (VHSC) has been implemented in the state of Meghalaya since the inception of NRHM in the state itself. The VHSC are village level bodies which comprise key stakeholders in a village and which serve as a forum for village planning and monitoring. Usually the members of the Village Council are made to be the members of the VHSC. The VHSC sees that no section of the village community is excluded from health services, that all the health service providers are available during immunisation day/Village Health and Nutrition Day (VHND) and are able to alert authorities in case of unscheduled cancellations of the same. The VHSC ensures that local transport arrangements are available for pregnant women, especially for those with complications and sick newborn to reach the referral facility, and that in an emergency, this transport is available on a cashless basis with reimbursement later. It also sees that nutrition supplement and food security programmes reach the pregnant and lactating woman. The Village Health and Sanitation Committee of the village would prepare the Village Health Plan, and promote intersectoral integration.

Every such committee duly constituted and oriented would be entitled to an annual untied grant of Rs.10, 000/- which shall be credited to a bank account, and this shall be operated with the joint signature of ASHA/Health Link Worker/Anganwadi Worker along with the President of the Village Health & Sanitation Committee/Rangbah Shnong or Nokma of the Village Council. The account maintenance of this joint account shall be the responsibility of the Village Health & Sanitation Committee especially the ASHA/AWW [wherever no ASHA]. The Village Health & Sanitation Committee, the ASHA/AWW shall maintain a register of funds received and expenditure incurred. The register shall be available for public scrutiny and shall be inspected from time to time by the ANM/MPW/Village Council.

Status of Village Health and Nutrition Committee (VHSC)

VHSC in Meghalaya have been constituted in most of the villages in the state. In 2010-2011, 6250 VHSCs have been approved by GOI, based on 2001 Census.

District No. of VHSC
East Khasi Hills 1033
East Khasi Hills 1070
Ri Bhoi District 570
Jaintia District 422
West Garo Hills District 1617
East Garo Hills District 952
South Garo Hills District 586
Total 6250

Training:

The members of VHSC are trained from time to time by the DPMU and BPMU on the guidelines, on their roles and responsibilities, Village Health and Nutrition Day (VHND) and on various other topics related to health.

District VHSC members trained (till 2010)
East Khasi Hills 1097
East Khasi Hills 1648
Ri Bhoi District 706
Jaintia District 461
West Garo Hills District 1348
East Garo Hills District 1587
South Garo Hills District 244
Total 7091

Village Health Sanitation & Nutrition Committee Meghalaya 2013-14