How we help
It is hard to look at the face of a woman who has been attacked with acid and imagine how she will live an independent and fulfilling life. Yet despite indescribable pain, disfigurement and psychological trauma, many survivors can and will rebuild their lives when provided with the support they need.
ASTI has set up partner organisations dedicated to combating acid violence at the local and national level in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan and Uganda, providing vital financial and technical support while building local medical capacity through teams of expert volunteers. We continue to support our partners through a volunteer network of volunteer plastic surgeons, burns and physical therapists, nurses and counsellors, who train local medical and psycho-social practitioners to provide victims with the specialist care they require.
ASTI also works at the international level to raise the profile of acid violence with UN bodies and other key international actors. Crucially, more research is needed to better understand acid violence as an international phenomenon and identify every country in which attacks are occurring in significant numbers. In a clear sign of ASTI’s success at putting acid violence on the international agenda, in 2010 we secured a grant from UNIFEM to undertake additional research, one of only 12 organisations in the world to receive a grant from the UN Trust Fund. This two-year project will be undertaken over two years in cooperation with our partners in Cambodia, Nepal and Uganda.
To date, ASTI has helped thousands of acid attack victims get the medical attention they need in order to rebuild their lives. We are fully dedicated to helping survivors of acid and burns attacks and confronting this violence wherever it takes place.