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:
National Health Mission
Ministry of Women and Child Development
National Health Portal of India
Global Health Workforce Network https://www.who.int/hrh/network/en/
GHWN Gender Equity Hub https://www.who.int/hrh/network/GEH2018-overview.pdf?ua=1