Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI)
Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI) is the only organisation whose sole purpose is working towards the end of acid violence across the world. Recognising the need for local knowledge and expertise in order to combat acid violence effectively, ASTI founded and continues to support the development of five partner organisations in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan and Uganda. It also works with UN agencies, NGOs and strategic partners from across the world to increase awareness of acid violence and develop effective responses at the national and international level.
To help or learn more, please visit http://www.acidviolence.org
We encourage you to visit the other regional acid violence organizations affiliated with ASTI:
Acid Survivors Foundation-Bangladesh
Acid Survivors Foundation-Pakistan
Acid Survivors Foundation-Uganda
Burn Violence Survivors Nepal
Cambodia Acid Survivors Charity
Islamic Help is a UK registered charity and international NGO established in 2003 by a group of young people determined to make a difference to the lives of those afflicted by poverty and suffering. Islamic Help has been working with survivors of acid attacks since 2005 and has partnered with various organisations including the Indus Hospital in Karachi, PIMS in Islamabad and ASTI, the Acid Survivors Trust International to provide reconstructive surgery and treatment to survivors. Islamic Help also provides rehabilitative support to get survivors back on their feet. Islamic Help will be partnering ASTI in several countries, including Uganda, Nepal, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
To help or learn more, please visit http://www.islamichelp.org.uk
The Virtue Foundation is a non-profit whose mission is to increase awareness, inspire action and render assistance through healthcare, education, justice, and empowerment initiatives. Virtue has been working on the issue of acid attack violence for nearly a decade through its Cambodia Acid Violence Healthcare Initiative. Since 2004, Virtue has deployed medical teams, led by Director of Global Health and International Programming Dr. Ebby Elahi, to Cambodia and Liberia to train surgeons and provide oculoplastic and reconstructive surgical care to acid attack victims. Virtue volunteer surgeons have provided direct services (e.g., free surgical care) to acid violence survivors and have trained local ophthalmic surgeons toward self-sufficiency in dealing with complex surgical procedures required in acid attack cases.
Additionally, in collaboration with our partners, the Virtue Foundation has investigated and published a seminal comparative analysis on acid attack violence and access to justice entitled “Combating Acid Violence in Bangladesh, India and Cambodia,” available at www.virtuefoundation.org/cms/upload/pdf/Press/Combating-Acid-Violence-Report-2011.pdf. Finally, the Virtue Foundation and its partners are working on an interactive web-based mapping project toward improved data collection and analysis in the field as well as planning a multidisciplinary workshop for advocates, medical professionals, and others working on the issue of acid violence.
To help or learn more, please visit http://www.virtuefoundation.org.