AASTHA- For Bar Girls

The AASTHA project was conceived with a view to minimize and prevent infection of Sexually transmitted Infections(STI),HIV-AIDS among Bar Girls. This project is in collaboration with Family Health International and Society for Services to Voluntary Agencies (SOSVA) since March 2005 and operates between Ghatkopar and Mulund (Eastern Suburbs of Mumbai).

The goal of the project is to reduce the spread of HIV and incidence of STIs among bar girls and their regular partners in the geographical area of Ghatkopar to Mulund.

The focus of the third year was to bring untapped Bargirls to the Clinic, motivate the partners to access Health Care services and create an enabling environment with the help of sensitization meetings, events and SBC sessions.

The project also has a Rapid Response System to support sex workers in crisis situation. 2409 crisis cases were handled between 2008-09.
Strengthen project office and Drop-in-center (DIC) and sites for health services

Following Activities were undertaken -

The process of formation of Community based organization was facilitated by arranging meeting of leaders of Aastha Gats for election of Governing body & Executive committee members & CBO viz. Sanjivani Mahila Mandal was formed. The CBO is registered in the office of Charity Commissioner.

Formation of Committees: Efforts were made to help the bar girls to form various committees. These committees are formed as per the guidelines as mentioned below:

a. Clinic Advisory Committee (CAC) – Two Clinic Advisory Committees, one at Ghatkopar Static clinic and one at the Rothakwadi Clinic had been formed. Regular meetings are held to discuss about issues related to clinical services provided through the project.

b. Task Force Committee (TFC) – 31 Task Force Committees having 149 members from Key Populations. The meetings of task force committee was arranged once a month to discuss on various issues. The members of this committee used to help the bar girls when in need. 242 meetings were arranged which was attended by 1160 participants.

c. Drop-In-Center Committee (DICC) – The Drop-In-Center Committee was formed to look after the functioning of the DIC. This committee helped the peers to organize their activities in the DIC. This committee also gives inputs for enhancing the DIC activities and bringing more people to the DIC.

d. Project Advisory Group (PAG) – The Project Advisory Group was formed having 11 representatives of key population from various Committees, Aastha Gats and some Project Staff.


Vijay Krida Mandal, Sai Hill, Bhandup (W), Mumbai - 78. India. Phone No : 022- 2595 9812