Ashas or Accredited Social Health Activists

are women community health workers working in a national government health program in India. They are the face of women community health workers across the globe, as the Asha program is one of the largest and most well-structured CHW programs globally.

Ashavani means both “the voice of hope” and “the voice of Ashas”


Ashavani is an e-platform that advocates the professional growth of women community health workers in India. It highlights the issues of the Asha workers that also have linkages with the concerns of other women community health workers across the globe.

Who are CHWs ?

Community health workers (CHWs) have been a part of primary health programs since several decades in countries across the world. They work largely in health programs for rural poor, marginalised, distant and slum communities. CHWs are largely women with some level of formal education and they carry out various health programs. They work for non - government and government programs. Each woman CHW is selected from her own village, trained, equipped and supervised by the government / NGO she works for and is paid some honorarium by them.

Major issues of CHWs

Ashavani e-platform Work Areas

  • Community health workers.

  • People working with women health workers in various health systems.

  • Policy makers in the international and government sectors.

  • The INGO (International Non Government Organizations) and

  • NGO ( Non Government Organizations) sectors. 

  • The world bodies working in public health.

  • Public health, community health and gender studies researchers, teachers and students.

  • People interested in public health.

e-platform is addressed to:

External Links

National Health Mission

Ministry of Women and Child Development

National Health Portal of India                

Global Health Workforce Network            

GHWN Gender Equity Hub                      





Kavita Bhatia,PhD

Independent researcher (India)


T: 91-022- 25828702

Ashavani is a virtual platform and not an organisation.
We are not associated with any political, commercial or non-commercial organisation.
We do not solicit any funding.

©2020 by Ashavani e-Platform. Proudly created with