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How ‘Healthy’ are Villages in District Ambala, Haryana: A Pilot Study?

Madhanraj Kalyanasundaram, Amarjeet Singh, Navpreet Singh

Citation Information : Kalyanasundaram M, Singh A, Singh N. How ‘Healthy’ are Villages in District Ambala, Haryana: A Pilot Study?. J Postgrad Med Edu Res 2014; 48 (1):19-23.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10028-1094

Published Online: 00-03-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.



A ‘healthy village’ concept as a healthy setting approach is lacking in India, where approximately 70% of population lives in villages. Despite various village development programs, the quality of life in Indian villages continues to be poor.


To evaluate some villages in district Ambala as healthy villages.

Materials and methods

This cross-sectional study of seven villages under a sub center was conducted during January to April 2010. These villages were compared on the basis of scores obtained on a checklist developed for evaluating ‘healthy village’. The village headmen, committee members, various health workers, accredited social health activists and anganwadi workers were also interviewed.


The sub center headquarter, the largest village, scored maximum among seven villages (90/130; 69.2%). Lowest score was observed in the smallest village (49/130; 37.7%). Most villages faired poorly on intersectoral coordination, youth activities, and historical/cultural heritage. Performance of all villages on ‘availability of basic statistics’ and ‘animal shelter’ was excellent.


Apparently, population size of a village was linked with its being a healthy village. None of the village had an excellent score. Overall, an average rating can be assigned to these villages as healthy village.

How to cite this article

Kalyanasundaram M, Singh A, Singh N. How ‘Healthy’ are Villages in District Ambala, Haryana: A Pilot Study? J Postgrad Med Edu Res 2014;48(1):19-23.

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