ASHI has its roots in the 19th century Europe when most countries there were in feudal wars resulting in large number of soldiers remaining away from homes for long periods and to satisfy their basic needs they indulged in large scale promiscuity .Prostitution thrived leading to virtual epidemic of Venereal diseases.
To curb this, various acts were passed; notable among these was the contagious diseases act. But these acts were only suppressing the prostitutes without attacking the basic issues.
To deal with the problem holistically an association called Association for Social Health (ASH) was setup in England. Later on an association was set up in Calcutta (now Kolkatta) as an extension of ASH of England.
Its scope was gradually extended to cover family life education also.
Branches of the association were gradually setup in various parts of the country. As the base got enlarged and experience gained through grass root working the scope of work was enlarged from merely assisting in suppression of immoral traffic and controlling spreading of STD to rehabilitation of women and children and drug de addiction also. Several STD clinics were established, Short Stay Homes and children home, multipurpose centres were started.
Efforts were also made to create awareness through publication of educational material, holding of seminars, conferences etc.
See how ASHI’s efforts have changed the lives of these people
Counselling and De-addiction treatment save a marriage.
Successfully changed father’s attitude towards daughter.
Dowry victim helped to resettle with alimony.
Love triangle of two sisters and one man broken.