Health in the RLA

In Mumbai’s red-light areas, children and women are at a high risk of suffering from health issues as the brothels are extremely unhygienic. Some of the common health issues women in the red-light area face are:-

• Sexually transmitted diseases
• Fever and cold
• Infections
• Mental health issues
• Malnutrition

We have a drop-in center at Grant Road, Mumbai where women come in for counselling and guidance. Michael, our Project Coordinator at Grant Road says, “We have had women who have come crawling to us with unbearable pain. When we go for outreach to brothels, we find women with a serious health ailment unattended and uncared for. In such cases, we direct and even accompany them to the closest hospital where the women can receive treatment. These women sometimes need financial aid as well, for which we also help.”

We have medical camps where women receive free treatment. We conducted a one at Falkland road where we met Riya*. She has been suffering from Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) for the past five years. She was also diagnosed with piles and was treated at a private hospital. She had a swollen uterus and had serious bleeding causing pain. Learning of her situation, we counselled Riya on what the
best treatment for her will be and referred her to a private hospital for ayurveda treatment. Riya is now on a three-month medication course. Our staff are continuing to follow up with her.

Many women in the red-light area do not prioritise their health. They always ignore the pain and continue to work because they are all in need of money to get through each day. Conducting awareness and talking through their everyday trauma gives them hope in the midst of their struggle.
*name changed

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Dear friends and patrons,As 2022 draws to a close, I would like for us to look back at a year that heralded in new directions for Oasis India: year one of the 5-year strategic plan of new partnerships, a year of social enterprise, and organisational sustainability.While it was certainly challenging in many ways, it also showed how strong our commitment to the vision and mission are as an organisation – be it as board members, supporters, members of senior management, the national leadership team, or project staff.We can take pride in the fact that we resumed the annual Mukthi Bike Challenge this year, launched Oasis India’s 5-year strategic plan for 2022–2027, and started a new integrated community empowerment project in Assam—Oasis Academy Guwahati and Football for Life (FFL). We also initiated potential partnership discussions with PCI-Mizoram for anti-human trafficking and Thrive for Good under food security, etc. These great achievements lays the foundation for our work in the upcoming new year.There were notable life-changing stories of beneficiaries in each of Oasis India’s hubs and the many other challenges we overcame as a team. Successes achieved in a time when we were forced to adapt to very adverse circumstances So, I want to thank all our staff for the hard work and commitment they have shown over the past year. Our combined strength is what makes us flourish as an organisation.Thank you, our supporters, for walking this journey of growth and development hand in hand with us. As you celebrate Christmas with friends and family, I hope you will look back on the year with the same sense of accomplishment and joy that we all feel at Oasis India.I wish you and your family a happy Christmas season and a prosperous 2023! Best regards,Mangneo LhungdimExecutive Director,Oasis India