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Raised: 83%
 

Target: £62,886.00
Raised so far: £52,249.00

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Operation ASHA, New Delhi, Indiahttp://www.opasha.org/

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Treating 3500 Poor TB Patients in India & Cambodia

The Purpose of this project is to treat 1361 Tuberculosis patients annually in 328 slums in India. The project will educate a population of 630,000 about the prevention, treatment and control of TB.

What is the problem the project is addressing?

TB was declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization in 1993. TB has historically been one of the world's biggest killers.13 million people suffer from TB worldwide, of which 3.5 million are in India. Two Indians die of the disease every three minutes. TB also carries terrible social stigma and 100,000 infected women are abandoned by their families every year, to die of disease and starvation. 300,000 infected children are forced to leave school (Government of India).

How will this project solve the problem?

The Purpose of this project is to treat 3500 tuberculosis patients annually in more than 2000 disadvantaged areas in India & Cambodia. The project will also educate a population of 4.2 million about the prevention, treatment and control of tuberculosis. After proper training, several members of the slum community will actually be offered paid positions at the centers; this is an especially valuable opportunity in such poverty stricken territories.

What is the potential long-term impact of this project?

Education about TB will be provided to 4.2 million disadvantaged persons in India & Cambodia. Treatment will be provided to 3500 TB patients Stop the spread of infection to 42,000 persons Training and job opportunities will be offered to persons belonging to disadvantaged areas

Aug 22 2019

Thank you to all our donors and well-wishers

Manisha Gupta

Life is challenging. The path we have chosen is fraught with difficulties. But we have succeeded against odds. Operation Asha is going from strength to strength. And we have to thank you for your support, good wishes and blessings.

 In Cambodia, our innovation garners government support

We developed 24 ecounselling videos to support patients and their families in their path to recovery. These are animation videos which cover all aspects of Tuberculosis (TB), how does it happen, how to prevent it from spreading, why adherence is important and so on. These videos also address issues of stigma and discrimination. Early this year, these videos were translated in Khmer and inaugurated in Phnom Penh in a glittering function attended by senior government officials, the Indian Ambassador, representatives of hospitals and NGOs, and the media. The Director of the National TB Control Programme of Cambodia formally inaugurated the videos and gave a resounding speech that met with applause and cheers and foot thumping appreciation. He went on to say that he desires every health worker in the Government and from every hospital to use these videos to counsel the patient and the family is in a comprehensive manner.

The Director also inaugurated Knight Wolf, the educational comic book created with support from our donors & well-wishers. The comic book generated a lot of excitement both amongst children who had TB and also children of TB patients. Thousands of comic books are being printed and distributed to children in Cambodia.

  We set our foot in Zambia

Following the visit of a 3 member team from Zambia, we have entered into collaboration with the local NGO for implementation of our technology and the entire model. The National TB Program in Zambia has also offered full support. This will help us reach many more TB patients in Africa

 Media Mentions

  • Our technology - 'eCompliance Suite' has been featured in Siemens Stiftung's Empowering People Network! They write about how it provides end to end TB services like detection, counselling and adherence to the treatment protocol. However, it is not limited to TB. It has been used by pharmaceutical company Baxter to track adherence to the treatment protocol of haemophilia. It has been used by Columbia University in Telangana to identify chronic absentees and thus improve school attendance via follow-ups. It has also been used by the Karnataka government to provide nutritional packets to pregnant women. Its possibilities for customization are limitless.

 

  • Our President, Dr Shelly Batra, was invited to Geneva to showcase our work during the World Health Assembly. This was during a breakfast session organized by USAID and General Electric. Dr Batra demonstrated how we extensively use technology to improve results and outcomes in tuberculosis. She showcased eCounselling, the animation videos that we use to deliver vital information on all aspects of TB, and eCompliance, the world famous biometric technology to monitor every dose taken and prevent Drug Resistant TB. Our work generated a lot of interest among Delegates from across the world, including Researchers, NGOs, Corporates, and even high level Government Officials.

 

  • Our CEO, Mr Sandeep Ahuja, was invited to represent Operation ASHA at a networking workshop by Siemens Foundation in Cairo, Egypt.

 

  • Our President Dr Shelly Batra was recently in Lavaur, France. She was invited as a speaker at the 2019 Global South eHealth Observatory Conference, organised by Fondation Pierre Fabre. This year the focus of the conference was on "Capacity Building & Data Sharing for Efficient and Sustainable e-Health". Dr Batra explained that how Operation ASHA's unique model of technology provides real time accurate data to monitor the day to day work and calculate the results efficiently. This makes us very cost effective, helps us to serve the poorest of the poor, save thousands of lives and thus sustainable.

 

Patient Story

A 19 year old young girl lives in Chauhan Colony, Bhiwandi. There are three other members in her family, her parents and one elder brother. Her father is a rickshaw puller. She is pursuing her B.A. second year. She got infected with TB and started her treatment from a private clinic. She continued the treatment for five months but there was no improvement in her health condition. This affected her studies as she could not attend her college and her other daily work as well.

One day, our Provider- during her routine visit for Active Case Finding, visited this girl's community and identified her as symptomatic. Based on her symptoms, the provider asked the girl to get tested. She refused and shared her past experience of getting so many tests done, swallowing so many medicines, but nothing worked. Our Provider somehow managed to convince her for getting tested. Her sputum sample was tested negative but TB was diagnosed through x-ray. The test result was positive and she was detected with pulmonary negative TB. Although, she was detected with TB but still she was not ready to take medicines because of her past experience.

Our Provider tried to convince her and assured her that if she would take medicines as per the guidance of our Provider, she will be definitely get cured. This young girl soon started her treatment with Operation ASHA. Our Provider registered her on eCompliance in May and counseled her along with her family members. During the counselling she asked a lot of questions. Our Provider gave answers of each and every question which helped her to understand all the aspects of TB and its treatment. After undergoing video counselling, she felt very confident and relaxed and took her first dose with Operation ASHA. She said that she didn’t know so many things about TB which she came to know only after counselling and interacting with our Provider. She confirmed that she would follow every suggestion of our Provider and will complete her treatment. She said, “I believe that with you I can get cured and can continue my studies.”

Now it’s been around 3 months, she is taking the medicine properly. Her health is improving and she is feeling better now. She has started going to her college to complete her studies. She wants to become a teacher.

May 15 2019

Celebrating inclusion & diversity

Sandeep Ahuja

Dear Friend, 

Operation ASHA is back with an update.

We in Operation ASHA believe in inclusion, diversity, and equitable distribution not just of resources but of health solutions for all. To this end we are serving marginalized communities irrespective of colour, caste, creed, religion, political beliefs or socio-economic status. Our community health workers are the backbone of our organisation. They themselves belong to diverse backgrounds. They carry out the full spectrum of TB services for their own communities, in villages or slums, on mountains or islands, in hard-to -reach remote areas miles away from civilisation.

Crossing the 100,000 mark!

We are grateful to you for your unswerving support in the past decade. It’s because of you that in 2018 we have crossed the 100,000 mark, having detected and treated more than 100,000 TB patients, giving them health and dignity and subsequent economic benefits. TB treatment is a poverty alleviation programme. According to the government of India each treated patient gets an annuity of $13,395. Thus we have provided a total benefit of more than $1.39 billion to treated patients, and the country's economy has saved an equivalent amount in indirect costs.

In Cambodia, serving with compassion:                     

Long time ago we realised that TB detection and treatment is an urgent need everywhere. In 2010 we started work in Cambodia. Today we are serving 17% of the population and treating 17% of all TB patients there. Our health workers go on boats from island to island in the Mekong Delta to carry out TB awareness and education, sputum collection and transport, and giving daily supervised medication for 6 to 9 months.

In Afghanistan, where people matter:

Three years back we started working Afghanistan where we received tremendous support from the National TB Control Program and ACREOD, a local NGO. We provided the training and the technology. Local Afghani people are given jobs as community health workers. I’m proud to say that within 2 years we exceeded our targets in Afghanistan and are now embarking on a much bigger project.

Projects in Tanzania:

Our project in Tanzania has had unprecedented results. Here our collaboration is with APOPO, an Ashoka Fellow, as well as Mkuta, a local NGO, and everything we do is embedded in the National TB Control Program of the country. This year we shall start work in Zambia, another country that is riddled with poverty and disease where the need is immense.

The world is one family. The biggest religion is humanity. These are the core principles on which we work. Thank you for being part of our lives. Thank you for your blessing and guidance that have supported us in this long and difficult journey.

 Awards and Media mentions

  • Operation ASHA was invited by DHFL to be a part of a function at Vasai Nagar Palika office. The function had other participants associated with DHFL, where all the partners were provided with some space to put their display material. Operation ASHA was glad to be a part of the function, where it got the opportunity to display its technology (software application used for tracking treatment of the patients), and comic books through which awareness is done in the disadvantaged communities. The schools kids were very keen to read our comics and raised a lot of questions on the comic book  character and the motive of Operation ASHA spreading the message on TB. The parents too were    equally enthusiastic and were committed to inform OpASHA if they come across any TB symptomatic.
  • A team consisting of two persons from a local Zambian NGO and one person from National TB Program, Zambia recently visited India to see Operation ASHA’s work in action. Their objective was to assess and implement Operation ASHA’s unique community-driven, low-cost model, supported with technology in Zambia. We organized a field visit for them. The members of the team were impressed with Operation ASHA’s technology and model. The NTP Officer Ms Clara Kasapo commented "the way Operation ASHA's community health workers approach and speak to patients and family members, it is obvious that they have developed close personal rapport. The workers have exhaustive knowledge about TB and have educated the families and patients very well.”
  • Researchers from McGill University, McGill International TB Center, World Bank, Harvard Business School and International Food Policy Research Institute published an enlightening research article, based on interviews with 86 community health workers and 3,424 TB patients of Operation ASHA, spread over 9 cities and 4 states. Nearly 6,000 interviews were conducted. 
  • The research proves that social proximity, brought about by the community-driven approach of Operation ASHA, is consistently associated with higher knowledge and greater adoption of prevention behavior by patients and communities.
  • On the occasion of World TB Day, Operation ASHA organized TB awareness campaign at about 100 different locations where Operation ASHA work. The people were educated by our staff about the symptoms and treatment of TB. All activities were planned and executed in collaboration with the Government TB staff and other NGOs/ leaders.Dr Shelly Batra, our President, was invited as a speaker to the prestigious HITLAB Innovators Summit at IIT Delhi on Feb 16. Dr Batra contributed to a discussion on "Empowering meaningful digital health innovation for India’s 1.3+ billion lives" over an exciting day of digital health and health-tech disruption.
  • PGI, Chandigarh, the premier medical institution in India, invited our CTO, Ms. Sonali Batra, to deliver a session on eHealth model of Operation ASHA. The Press Release issued by PGI lauded her contribution with the following comment in their press release "Sonali Batra, CTO & Director Development at Operation ASHA discussed on the Innovative model for TB Detection & Treatment, & Prevention of Drug Resistance. OPASHA team visit TB patients in home and community setting and use technology to register consumption of drugs so that compliance can be ensured and drug resistance can be avoided (e-compliance).Till date OPASHA has 86.9% treatment success rate and in total 93899 patients have been treated fully. There is provision of e-detection for active case finding." http://indianewscalling.com/…/78835-experts-discussed-onlin…  

 Case study of a patient

In search of a better life and good income generating options, Kalavati Patel migrated from Mehardevi, a small town in Satna district in Madhya Pradesh to Mumbai. She along with her family (husband and two children) got settled in Voidapada, Vasai- E (Mumbai), a slum. It has been 3 years now since Kalavati migrated from her native town. She started working as a household help in the nearby areas and her husband got a job at a motor repairing garage.

The family was passing their days peacefully with whatever they could be able to afford with their income. Gradually, in February this year, Kalavati began suffering from regular evening fever which soon followed by coughing. Day by day, this increased. Kalavati was so focused on her work and income generation, she could not even pay much attention to her health. She completely ignored the symptoms.

One day when our provider, Tankit, was on household visits in Kalavati’s area, her neighbor, out of suspicion of some serious illness, informed the Provider that Kalavati was coughing badly for the past many days. Tankit visited Kalavati’s house and spoke to her in detail. He also had a conversation with her husband and explained the immediate need of TB detection test of his wife. Tankit collected her sputum and transported to the hospital. The Provider was equally eager to know the test result as Kalavati’s family was.

The very next day, the result of the sputum test was declared as positive. Kalavati was suffering with TB. She was immediately enrolled on our TB treatment system.

Her treatment started. Her body had become so weak that she started facing side effects of the drugs and found it so difficult that she decided to leave the treatment incomplete. The provider put his efforts in counseling her but it could not change her decision. As an attempt, the Provider requested Kalavati to attend an Expert Counseling session which is provided by our Expert Counselor based at Delhi headquarters. Luckily, Kalavati agreed to this. She and her husband had a 40-minute long expert counseling session with the Expert Counselor. This session brought positive result and Kalavati was finally convinced to continue with her treatment. Now, she is on medication. Her health has a great improvement.

Donations raised

During the quarter (February to April), Operation ASHA could be able to raise $296. These donations will help the treatment of disadvantaged TB patients in India Cambodia.   

Operation ASHA expresses gratitude to its donors and supporters for joining the mission of TB eradication. We look forward to your continued support. 

Thank you 

Shelly Batra

President

Operation ASHA

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You can follow OpASHA's CEO Mr. Sandeep Ahuja (@sandeepahuja12) and President Dr. Shelly Batra (@shells1857) on Twitter. You can also follow OpASHA on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 15 2019

New hope in the new year, THANKS to our donors

Sandeep Ahuja

Dear Friend,

Christmas is about festivity and joy. Everywhere you go, the streets are hung with fairy lights, twinkling like a thousand stars, and everyone is meeting up with family and friends for partying and making merry and exchanging gifts.

But there are people whose lives are in darkness.

11 year old Noori - whose name means light- is one of them. Her father died of Tuberculosis when she was a toddler. Her mother kept the home fires burning by doing odd jobs for well-off people. They were kind, the people she worked for, and would often give her food and clothes, and life went on. But one day there was a terrible storm and her shanty collapsed in the torrential rain, and they lost their meagre possessions. Noori lost her books and school uniform, and couldn’t go to school anymore. Then her mother developed an intractable cough and was hospitalised with fluid in the lungs due to TB. At the tender age of 10, Noori became a nurse attendant for her ailing mother, and also took up odd jobs to stave off hunger. School was a forgotten dream.

"Of all the inequalities in the world, health inequalities are the worst," said Martin Luther King. Operation ASHA was established for this very reason, to bridge the health divide, to provide succour and comfort to the ailing.

This Christmas, let us bring light in the lives of those who live in darkness, half hidden in the shadows, those who walk the valley of fear and live without food and shelter, and have no money for health and education. Donate Now, for the love of Him who gave His life and love to the poor and meek and lowly. Make this Christmas joyful for those who are in need, and bring joy to their lives and yours.

Media mentions

  • The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a London based news organization, wrote an article on how Operation ASHA (www.opasha.org) is eliminating the stigma and giving new life, new hope and a new vision for life to people affected with this killer disease. This article can be read at: https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/…/how-india-is-trying…
  • Our President Dr Shelly Batra was invited for a Roundtable discussion by Tata Trust's India Health Fund. The topic was - Identifying problems for prioritising actionable solutions for TB. She presented Operation ASHA's extensive use of low-cost, easy to use technology to ensure every dose, monitor staff, bring down costs, and give the best results in the world, with absolute accuracy and transparency.
  • Sonali Batra, CTO of Operation ASHA, was invited to give a demo of OpASHA's technology at the ICTDX conference held at IIM Ahmedabad.
  • Operation ASHA was among the top 3 finalists for the Zayed Sustainability Prize in the 'Health' Category. Our President Dr Shelly Batra was invited to Abu Dhabi to attend a star studded glittering award function, together with our CTO Sonali Batra. The event was graced by dignitaries from across the globe.
  •  Our President Dr Shelly Batra was invited to Niti Aayog's Women Entrepreneurship Platform Conclave in New Delhi in Dec 2018. Dr Batra represented Operation ASHA on a panel discussion, where she answered questions on challenges faced by women entrepreneurs and how they won over the obstacles and achieved success.
  • Forbes magazine published the interview of Dr. Shelly Batra about her experience of using voice-to-text technology as her office assistant to save costs and maximize efficiency.
  • Operation ASHA was recently shortlisted as one of the finalists for the Peter Drucker Prize, 2018.
  • Our CEO and co-founder, Mr. Sandeep Ahuja, represented Operation ASHA at MIT Solve in New York City. Operation ASHA was selected as one of the finalists for this challenge out of 1150 solutions submitted from 110 countries.
  •  Pradeep Chintagunta, a leading professor of marketing from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business delivered an impressive lecture on how he used the concept of marketing to improve detection of tuberculosis patients in India. We are honored that Professor Chintagunta chose Operation ASHA for the entire fieldwork. The presentation was organized by IIM, Ahmedabad in collaboration with Unilever India. It was held at COWORKS, Mumbai. An impressive gathering of IIM alumnus and other dignitaries including Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla appreciated the work done by Professor Chintagunta and Operation Asha.
  • Operation ASHA won the "Top-Rated Nonprofit Award- 2018" from "GREAT NONPROFITS", the best platform for community-sourced stories about nonprofits. We secured this place for expanding access to health services of a high quality at affordable prices among disadvantaged communities. 
  • PGI, Chandigarh, the premier medical institution in India, invited our CTO to deliver a session on eHealth model of Operation ASHA. The Press Release issued by PGI lauded her and OpASHA’s contribution in TB space.

Case study of a patient

Mudassar (37 yr. old male) is originally from Bihar.  In search of a job to provide better and dignified life to his family, Mudassar migrated to Delhi along with his wife and two sons and started living in the slums of Khadda Colony area. He soon found a job of a helper at a factory. His children also got admission in the nearby government school. The family was living happily until the bad luck struck.

In December, Mudassar started keeping unwell and had consistent cough. He did not pay any attention to this and thought that it was due to the change of weather. He took medication for normal cough and cold which did not bring any improvement to him. He remembered that he had suffered with TB in the past before his marriage. Still, he was ignorant toward the same symptoms which he had experienced earlier and continued with his daily routine life.  

Our provider Payal happened to meet Mudassar during the household visits in his area. Mudassar explained his condition and the symptoms to Payal.  With the help of Payal, Mudassar underwent TB test. Unfortunately, the report revealed that he was suffering with Pulmonary TB.

As soon as, this news reached to Mudassar’s wife, she left him and went back to her parents in Bihar, leaving her children behind with Mudassar.  Though Payal (the provider) attempted to contact Mudassar’s wife and explain her that there was no threat to her and the disease was completely curable, but could not be able to speak to her.

This was a tough time for Mudassar mentally as well as physically. Payal counselled Mudassar and informed him about preventive measures which he needed to take with his children. She also informed him about the importance of completion of the treatment. Now, Payal has been counselling regularly and proactively. This has resulted in a positive way. Mudassar has now been able to cope up with the stress and is recovering.

Donations raised

This quarter, Operation ASHA was able to raise $245. These donations will help disadvantaged TB patients get medicines, grocery, and other necessary day to day items in India and Cambodia.   

Operation ASHA is grateful to the support it gets from supporters for joining hands in TB eradication. We look forward to your continued support. 

Thank you 

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You can follow OpASHA's CEO Mr. Sandeep Ahuja (@sandeepahuja12) and President Dr. Shelly Batra (@shells1857) on Twitter. You can also follow OpASHA on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Nov 19 2018

3 year old Chikoo is learning to play cricket

Sandeep Ahuja

Dear Friend,

There was great jubilation in the village when Chikoo was born. His mother Salma had lost five children in childbirth. Her face was prematurely lined with grief, but she broke into laughter when blessed with a healthy baby. Chikoo was plump and active, and his loud, lusty cries when hungry would rouse the entire neighbourhood. He proved to be a boon to the family. Salma, who would stitch clothes on her sewing machine for the neighbours, began to get more business coming her way. Shabaz, Chikoo's father, was a carpenter and a cricket aficionado and an ardent fan of Kapil Dev, and he whittled a cricket bat from a piece of wood, waiting for the day when father and son would play cricket together.

But then unexpectedly, gradually and imperceptibly, Chikoo became sick. He could not eat or play, and his lusty cries dwindled to feeble whimpers. His parents went running from pillar to post to find a cure, but no diagnosis could be made, and no treatment started. His condition kept deteriorating till he became a shadow of his former self. The cricket bat kept gathering dust in a corner. Chikoo's parents bled themselves white to pay for his treatment, but to no avail.  Then one day, the sewing machine had to be sold and the family income came down drastically.

Then one day, Operation ASHA’s health worker Laxmi met Salma at a village gathering. Laxmi fixed an appointment in the local public hospital and took Chikoo there for testing and treatment. Chikoo was diagnosed with paediatric TB, and thus began a long and difficult journey. For full six months, Laxmi gave every support to the family. She would go everyday on a bicycle to visit and would coax Chikoo to take his medicine. She would take him on her lap and rock him and tell him stories. Sometimes she would bring little gifts and candy. And every day, without fail, she would give him medicines with her own hands. 

Now Chikoo has recovered fully. He is three years old. His voice is loud and clear and confident. Salma and Laxmi are the best of friends. And yes, the father and son play cricket every day. "My son will be another Kapil Dev! He will score centuries and beat the British," boasts Shabaz proudly.

This is not a miracle. This is what we do day after day for many, many children, those who live in far flung areas, in villages and slums and mountains, those who are marginalised and hungry and live in great deprivation. And it’s you who is helping us serve these children and fulfill our mission. Thank you very much for your unswerving support.

Media mentions

  • Goldman Sachs declared Operation ASHA a winner of the Analyst Impact Fund Competition, 2018, for bringing tuberculosis t
  • Treatment and health services to the underprivileged. 
  • Our President, Dr. Shelly Batra is one of the 6 people selected across the world for an award by the Pierre Fabre Foundation for her work in social entrepreneurship. Foundation Pierre Fabre also recognized our innovative works and selected us for "The 3rd Global South eHealth Observatory Award- 2018”.
  • Operation ASHA collaborated with the NGO Every Infant Matters and Virat hospitals in Rewari, India to carry out health-related activities for children, such as awareness of proper hand washing techniques, vitamin A distribution, and deworming.
  •  Forbes magazine interviewed Dr. Shelly Batra, our President and Cofounder, who is using voice-to-text technology as her office assistant to save costs and maximize efficiency.
  • Operation ASHA was recently shortlisted as one of the finalists for the Peter Drucker Prize, 2018.
  • Our CEO, Mr. Sandeep Ahuja represented Operation ASHA at MIT Solve in New York City. Operation ASHA has been selected as one of the finalists for this challenge out of 1150 solutions submitted from 110 countries.
  • Pradeep Chintagunta, a leading professor of marketing from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business delivered an impressive lecture on how he used the concept of marketing to improve detection of tuberculosis patients in India. We are honored that professor Chintagunta chose Operation Asha for the entire fieldwork. The presentation was organized by IIM, Ahmedabad in collaboration with Unilever India. It was held at COWORKS, Mumbai. An impressive gathering of IIM alumnus and other dignitaries including Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla appreciated the work done by Professor Chintagunta and Operation Asha.
  • Operation ASHA won the "Top-Rated Nonprofit Award- 2018" from "GREAT NONPROFITS", the best platform for community-sourced stories about nonprofits. We secured this place for expanding access to health services of a high quality at affordable prices among disadvantaged communities. 
  • Dr Shelly Batra was invited to the UN General assembly in Sept 2018, and also to the World Economic Forum's Sustainable Development Impact summit as Discussion Leader for the session on Realizing Universal Health Coverage. 
  • Our President Dr Shelly Batra was invited for a Roundtable discussion by Tata Trust's India Health Fund. The topic was - Identifying problems for prioritizing actionable solutions for TB. She presented Operation ASHA's extensive use of low-cost, easy to use technology to ensure every dose, monitor staff, bring down costs, and give the best results in the world, with absolute accuracy and transparency.

Case study of a patient

Manisha is a 24 year old female living in the slums of Vasai in Bilalpada area. She is survived by her 3 sisters and a father. She lost her mother a few years back due to illness. Her father runs a small general store in the slum itself. This is the only source of income for the survival of the family of five.

Manisha started feeling very weak and lost a lot of weight before getting diagnosed for TB. The family was not sound financially, and hence, it took them a lot of time to get diagnosed as they were visiting private doctors. The doctor had prescribed her antibiotics which had no positive impact on her body. She grew very weak and lean and the family was under tremendous pressure as they ran out of money and were barely able to manage for their food.

Then one fine day, our Provider, Ganesh met Manisha during his field visits in the slum. He spoke to her in detail about the symptoms and got to know that she may be a prospective TB case. He collected her sputum samples and transported them for testing. When the results were out, Manisha’s world turned upside down. She was diagnosed with pulmonary positive TB.

Ganesh counselled her and her family about her disease and next steps. Manisha started treatment immediately but her body had grown very weak and the medicines had a lot of side effects. She used to vomit after every dose. She had lost all the hopes by now and decided to quit her treatment. In the mean time she was also diagnosed with typhoid. She was not at all ready to take any treatment now. Neither for TB and nor for Typhoid. Ganesh and her family members were doing their best to convince her for treatment.

Finally after putting a lot of efforts and interference of our Program Manager, the patient agreed to take treatment of Typhoid. When her Typhoid got well, she immediately started TB treatment as well. She is now feeling a lot better and has again started doing her routine work just like before. She has also shown notable weight gain and feels strong and motivated now.

Donations raised

This quarter, Operation ASHA raised $155. These donations will be used to provide medicines, grocery, and other necessary day to day items to the disadvantaged TB patients in India Cambodia.   

Operation ASHA is thankful to its supporters for joining hands in TB eradication. We look forward to your continued support. 

Thank you 

Sandeep Ahuja

CEO, Operation ASHA

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Aug 27 2018

Knight Wolf arrives on the TB horizon to make the world TB-free

Sandeep Ahuja

Dear Friend,                                                                                                                                                               

Meet Knight Wolf, the new TB Champion!  

Knight Wolf is a superhero with superpowers, who fights evil doers with great panache and incredible bravery. He is also fighting Tuberculosis by giving health education and raising awareness about TB in a fun-filled manner- via a beautifully illustrated comic book.

Knight Wolf is the brainchild of Grant Reed, a 12 year-old schoolboy from the US, who, at this tender age, is the Creative Director for Operation ASHA. 

We had a spectacular launch of the comic book in Mumbai, in a fully packed auditorium in St. George's Hospital. The Chief Guest, Dr. Sanjeev Kamble, Director of Health Services of Maharashtra, give an inspirational speech on Knight Wolf that was met with foot-stomping and thumping applause till the very rafters of the hall were ringing. The glittering ceremony was attended by government officials, State TB officers from other parts of the country, CEOs from corporates, and most importantly, our own TB patients who listened with rapt attention, and our very own TB health workers who serve patients with love and care and the utmost sincerity.

There was a widespread cheering and clapping when Dr Kamble said, "Knight Wolf is the new TB champion. He is telling children exciting stories of good conquering over evil, and at the same time, he is giving health education by graphics and pictures. Children like pictures, not lectures! A comic book is exactly what we need in the fight against TB."

We are grateful to Grant Reed for his brilliant creation and for investing his time, expertise, creativity and resources in bringing forward a solution for TB elimination. The comic book has already been translated into 3 languages, and more than 40,000 copies are being distributed to disadvantaged children in TB treatment centres, schools, hospitals, and other resource-limited settings.

Knight Wolf will be a new paradigm in the fight against TB. Lack of awareness is the reason why 3 million TB patients go 'missing' every year. We cannot allow this anymore. It's time to utilise every tool effectively in the fight against TB, and this is why we need your support at this crucial time.

OpASHA media mentions:

1.  Operation ASHA recently won the Millennium Alliance Round 5 grant which will help us in reaching out to more TB patients and provide them treatment at their doorsteps.

2. Goldman Sachs declared Operation ASHA a winner of the Analyst Impact Fund Competition, 2018, for bringing tuberculosis treatment and health services to the underprivileged.

3. Our President, Dr. Shelly Batra is one of the 6 people selected across the world for an award by the Pierre Fabre Fondation for her work in social entrepreneurship.

4. Operation ASHA participated in a conference organised by the USAID funded TB CARE II Project, called “Digital Health Technologies for a World Free of TB”. The workshop was held in New Delhi, India and attended by Ministries of Health and National TB Program (NTP) staff involved in digital technologies platforms from the 10 NAP (National Action Plan) countries.

5. Operation Asha collaborated with the NGO Every Infant Matters and Virat hospitals in Rewari, India to carry out health-related activities for children, such as awareness of proper hand washing techniques, vitamin A distribution, and deworming.

Patient's story:

Manju, a 40 year old working women, lives in the slums of Bhud in the Baddia area, with her husband and 4 children. She used to work as a help at some local restaurant. Her husband used to work as a chauffeur somewhere. Although, both earned a meagre salary every month, but were managing to get food on table for the family. The situation worsened when 3 months ago, Manju’s husband was thrown out of his job due to a dispute, followed by a fight with his owner. However, Manju was still continuing her job but her deteriorating health had forced her to think how she will continue with her work.

It was sunny day when our CHW was on round in Bhud and was moving in Slums finding out people with TB symptoms. There she came across the kids of Manju who were playing outside. As she briefed them about the symptoms, one of the kid said that my mother has such symptoms. Our CHW went to the house of Manju along with the children and saw her situation herself. She spoke to Manju about the symptoms and was quite sure that Manju is suffering with TB.

The sputum sample of Manju was sent to lab for getting tested and she was diagnosed with pulmonary TB. Sunita, our CHW, immediately started Manju’s treatment and at the same time, got her family members tested as well to ensure all were safe. She counselled Manju and her family together and told them about the precautions and measures to be taken by the family so that the disease doesn’t spread.

Manju has completed her one month treatment and there is tremendous improvement in her health. She has even joined back her work and is the sole bread-winner for the family now. Sunita frequently visits Manju to take updates on her health and in the mean-time Manju updated Sunita about the health of a boy living in her neighbourhood. The boy also has symptom of TB.

With Manju’s help, the boy has also been tested for TB and has been diagnosed as well. The boy is also taking treatment now. Manju’s words and her experience with the disease in the past, along with the counselling done by our CHW, is helping the boy to be positive towards his health condition.

Donations raised:

This quarter, Operation ASHA raised $177. These donations will be used to provide medicines, grocery, and other necessary day to day items to  the disadvantaged TB patients in India Cambodia.   

 

Operation ASHA is thankful to its supporters for joining hands in TB eradication. We look forward to your continued support. 

Thank you 

Donate now   

You can follow OpASHA's CEO Mr. Sandeep Ahuja (@sandeepahuja12) and President Dr. Shelly Batra (@shells1857) on Twitter. You can also follow OpASHA on Facebook and Twitter.

May 29 2018

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Sandeep Ahuja

Dear Friend,

There is lots of exciting news! The Honourable Health Minister of India, Mr JP Nadda, and the Honourable Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh inaugurated our project and eCompliance last week, in an inspiring and spell binding ceremony held in Kullu. Kullu is located in a breathtakingly beautiful valley in the Himalayas, surrounded by majestic mountains and ever-flowing rivers.

But mountains are not about beauty alone. TB patients here live miles away from civilization in tiny hamlets scattered on the mountain sides. The Health Minister Mr JP Nadda pointed out to the Chief Minister of the State that eight of the thirty worst effected TB districts in India are in Himachal Pradesh alone. Our work is challenging, as finding these patients is a gigantic task. We have health workers on motor cycles who drive as far as it is possible on difficult, narrow, ill-kept roads, and then scramble on foot up the mountains to serve TB patients in their homes. We are serving a population of 1 million such people and hope to detect and treat atleast 3,000 patients a year. This takes the total population served by Operation ASHA, for TB, to 5 million in India, and over 10 million worldwide.

In the inauguration ceremony, Mr Nadda and the Honourable Chief Minister took fingerprints of the first patient found by Operation ASHA in Himachal and initiated him on TB treatment. In his resounding speech, Mr. Nadda spoke enthusiastically about eCompliance and stated that his target is to expand eCompliance further in the State. We are privileged and humbled by their support.

Also, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, invited Dr Shelly Batra to write a blog on the occasions of on World TB Day. Please click here to access her blog.                                                                    

OpASHA media mentions: 

  • Dr Shelly Batra was one of the 1500 people (out of 45,000 from across the globe) to be selected to attend the Global Entrepreneur Summit-2017 where honorable Prime Minister Mr. Modi and Ivanka Trump were the Chief Guests.
  • Network Capital interviews Dr Shelly Batra, who gives career advice for mentoring young students. Click here to read her interview

Conferences:

  • Our Co-Founder and CEO, Sandeep Ahuja was invited to speak at a panel discussion at the HITLAB Innovators Summit 2018 held at IIT Delhi.
  • Our Co-Founder and President, Dr Shelly Batra was invited to speak at a facilitated panel discussion in the final plenary of the 5th annual global forum on TB Vaccines.
  • Our CTO, Sonali Batra gave a talk at a machine learning conference on 18th March titled ‘Operation ASHA- Using data analytics and machine learning to save lives’.
  • Sonali Batra also presented a poster on eCompliance biometric software in the 5th annual global forum on TB Vaccines held at the Taj in New Delhi.

You can follow OpASHA's CEO Mr. Sandeep Ahuja (@sandeepahuja12) and President Dr. Shelly Batra (@shells1857) on Twitter. You can also follow OpASHA on Facebook and Twitter.

Donation Utilization:

This quarter Operation ASHA raised $ 179.55 which will be used to provide food and other necessary day to day items for the poorest patients in India and Cambodia. 

Operation ASHA has reached this level and is taking steps toward a TB free world because of you. Please extend your support one more time. Please go to Donate Now to make a tax deductible donation to save the lives of disadvantaged patients.


Thank you.

Feb 26 2018

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Sandeep Ahuja

Dear Friend,

You will be delighted to know that eminent Professor and TB expert, Marc Lipman, has carried out extensive research to analyze OpASHA’s results and use of eCompliance to ensure full treatment. His research paper for Public Health Action states that OpASHA achieved an exceptionally high Treatment Success Rate, “despite the fact that OpASHA works with highly vulnerable patients” who are far more difficult to treat than usual. Lipman goes on to say, ‘the age and sex distribution of TB patients treated by OpASHA may reflect its aim to "reach patients who otherwise may never receive care."

Read the full paper here

Also, experts from the World Bank have prepared a case study on Operation ASHA, which states “OpASHA offers a low-cost, highly leveraged operating model which enjoys high community and partner engagement.” This also states that MDR-TB patients incur huge out-of-pocket expenses ($2500/1,00,000 Lakh Rupees) which they can hardly afford. By turning the tap off MDR-TB, Operation ASHA is saving lives, giving health, and lifting patients out of poverty 

There is an urgency about our work, as you, our supporters and donors will understand very well. Of the 10.9 million people who fall sick of TB each year, 4 million go missing. An immediate need is to scale operations to identify and treat these missing patients, who are often marginalized and live in hard to reach areas.                                                                          

OpASHA media mentions: 

  • Recently, we were covered in a blog by Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, USA. 
  • The World Bank Group recently published a case study on how OpASHA improves tuberculosis treatment and outcomes with the help of the communities we serve. The tweet can be found here.
  • Mr. Sandeep Ahuja, CEO, along with other experts convened at the 2017 HITLAB Innovators Summit to a powerful platform designed to transform global healthcare by diffusing digital health solutions.
  • OpASHA's eDetection technology was also mentioned in an article in the Indian newspaper The Hindu.

You can follow OpASHA's CEO Mr. Sandeep Ahuja(@sandeepahuja12) and President Dr. Shelly Batra (@shells1857) on Twitter. 

Donation Utilization:

This quarter Operation ASHA raised $1,147.60 which will be used to provide food and other necessary day to day items for the poorest patients in India and Cambodia. 
We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us go further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.
Nov 27 2017

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Sandeep Ahuja

Dear Friend,                                                                            

"TB is the child of poverty", so said eminent Nobel Laureate Reverend Bishop Desmond Tutu.

This #GivingTuesday, let us think of those who are less fortunate, who urgently need health and hope and dignity. TB patients are amongst the poorest of the poor. Apart from a debilitating illness, they suffer great indignities and economic loss. 

It entirely through your support that OpASHA is now able to serve more than 18 million people in India and Cambodia, where we carry out TB detection and treatment of thousands of patients annually. It’s all because of you that we have established our presence in Tanzania, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uganda, Kenya and Afghanistan as well, in difficult geographies and war-torn countries.

There is an urgency about our work, as you, our supporters and donors will understand very well. Of the 10.9 million people who fall sick of TB each year, 4 million go missing. An immediate need is to scale operations to identify and treat these missing patients, who are often marginalized and live in hard to reach areas.

Please donate now to support vulnerable TB patients. With your support, the fight goes on.                                                    

OpASHA media mentions: 

  • Ravi Anupindi, Professor of Operations Research and Management at University of Michigan's Ross School of Business talks about OpASHA's "Effective, Efficient and Scalable Model for Tuberculosis Treatment. 
    Click here to read his case study. 
  • Click Here to read CSIS Blog post about how OpASHA is "Achieving TB Milestones Through Last Mile Delivery in India"

OpASHA launched a jingle on World Tuberculosis Day this year, sending across the message that TB is curable. You can listen and download the full TB Jingle in Hindi and in English

You can also watch the TB Jingle launch video here.

Watch the live acoustic unplugged version of the TB jingle here

You can follow Operation ASHA on Facebook and Twitter

You can also follow OpASHA CEO Mr. Sandeep Ahuja(@sandeepahuja12) and President Dr. Shelly Batra (@shells1857) on Twitter. 

Donation Utilization:

This quarter Operation ASHA raised $256 which will be used to provide food and other necessary day to day items for the poorest patients in India and Cambodia. 
We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us go further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you
Sandeep Ahuja
CEO and Co-Founder
Operation ASHA
Sep 01 2017

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Sandeep Ahuja

Dear Friend,

You will be excited to hear that CSIS, The Center for Strategic and International Studies, has not only lauded Operation ASHA’s work but also declared that its innovative solution is the only way towards getting rid of TB, a deadly epidemic. CSIS is the world’s top bipartisan international security think tank.

India has more than 27% of the world’s TB burden, says CSIS. Their star reporter carried out extensive research in India to understand why a curable disease is spreading like wildfire, inspite of new drugs and new diagnostics. He met with Dr. Shelly Batra, President of Operation ASHA, and then wrote a compelling article about India's TB problem and OpAsha’s innovative solution, the only way to TB elimination.

The author explained that OpASHA’s approach saves time and money for patients by delivering medication directly to their doorstep or to accessible collection points in their neighborhood. In a world riddled with inefficiencies and shabby work, dedicated and driven NGOs like Operation ASHA shine like a beacon of light and provide hope to millions worldwide.

Read the full story here.                                                                              

OpASHA media mentions: 

  • Recently, we were covered in a blog by Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, USA. 
  • The World Bank Group recently published a case study on how OpASHA improves tuberculosis treatment and outcomes with the help of the communities we serve. The tweet can be found here.
  • CSIS published a compelling article on TB, where the author writes that innovative NGOs like OpASHA could be the solution needed for TB eradication. The article can be found here
  • Dr. Shelly Batra was invited to the World Economic Forum in China which took place in June 2017 as Discussion leader for the Innovators Hub.
  • Mr. Sandeep Ahuja, CEO, along with other experts convened at the 2017 HITLAB Innovators Summit to a powerful platform designed to transform global healthcare by diffusing digital health solutions.
  • OpASHA's eDetection technology was also mentioned in an article in the Indian newspaper The Hindu.

OpASHA launched a jingle on World Tuberculosis Day this year, sending across the message that TB is curable. You can listen and download the full TB Jingle in Hindi and in English

You can also watch the TB Jingle launch video here.

Watch the live acoustic unplugged version of the TB jingle here

You can follow Operation ASHA on Facebook and Twitter

You can also follow OpASHA CEO Mr. Sandeep Ahuja(@sandeepahuja12) and President Dr. Shelly Batra (@shells1857) on Twitter. 

Donation Utilization:

This quarter Operation ASHA raised $101 which will be used to provide food and other necessary day to day items for the poorest patients in India and Cambodia. 
We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us go further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.
Jun 05 2017

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Sandeep Ahuja

Dear Friend,

No more fears! TB is curable, and we will eradicate this together.

On World TB day, Operation ASHA together with Bollywood stars and musicians had a successful launch of a TB awareness jingle at Big FM radio station. This brings the message of hope and love, and dispels fears and stigma.  Now we must all go the extra mile in disseminating this message.

 

Below are the links to listen to the Hindi and English jingles, TB Se Na Dariyo, and Stay TB Free. Please share the jingles with everyone and use wherever needed - as caller Tunes, ringtones, background music! And please share on social media, radio stations, websites, whatever. 

 

Listen to the full TB Jingle here : In Hindi and in English

 

Watch the TB Jingle launch video here.

 

Watch the live acoustic unplugged version of the TB jingle here

You can follow Operation ASHA on Facebook and Twitter

You can also follow OpASHA CEO Mr. Sandeep Ahuja(@sandeepahuja12) and President Dr. Shelly Batra (@shells1857) on Twitter. 

Donation Utilization:

This quarter Operation ASHA raised $1,119.39 which will be used to provide food and other necessary day to day items to the TB patients in India and Cambodia. 
We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us go further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.
Mar 07 2017

Fighting TB in war torn Afhanistan

Sandeep Ahuja

Dear Friend, 

Four-year-old Ameena lives in Kabul. Ameena had been bed ridden with TB. Today with Operation ASHA’s endeavour, Ameena is up and about, playing and laughing like other children.

I am delighted to share with you that Operation ASHA is opening 20 centres in Afghanistan to serve 4 million people, which is 8 per cent of the entire country. It is entirely because of the generous support of individuals like you that this has been accomplished.

Your continued support would go a long way in eliminating this debilitating disease from the face of the earth. Together we can and we will fight TB.

As Mother Teresa said “It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving”. Please show your love by supporting the treatment of many more Ameenas in Afghanistan.

Donation Utilization:
This quarter Operation ASHA raised $6,133. 

Thank you

Sandeep

 

Dec 07 2016

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Sandeep Ahuja

Dear Friend,

There is great news! Operation ASHA receives the Porter Prize 2016 from Honourable Minister, Shri Jayant Sinha for creating value based healthcare delivery.

Porter Prize, which recognizes strategic acumen, is named after Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School, an economist, researcher, author, advisor, speaker, and teacher. 

Media Mentions
  1. Insight success interviewed Dr. Shelly Batra on taking critical decisions to ensure scaling and her views on social enterprises and entrepreneurship.
  2. Dr. Shelly Batra’s blog was published by World Economic Forum on- “Why businesses must be in the frontline, in the fight against TB”.
  3. Huffington post published Dr. Shelly Batra’s blog on “World Peace and how organizations such as World Economic Forum are best equipped to do so”.
  4. Forbes magazine quoted Mr. Sandeep Ahuja on how child fingerprinting would make a tremendous impact in targeted delivering of healthcare services in developing countries.
  5. Operation ASHA won the Porter Prize for 2016 for creating value based health care delivery.
  6. Operation ASHA was on 67th position on NGO Advisor’s top 500 list.
  7. NIC has approved and certified Operation ASHA’s eAttendance which is currently used for school attendance in Telangana.

Conferences

  1. World Economic Forum invited Dr. Shelly for its summit in Tianjin, China, earlier this quarter.
  2. 2.Dr. Shelly Batra was invited to participate in the Beyond Dialogue workshop, in UK where the focus was on how successful partnerships develop and progress. Her key experiences and learnings have been published in a report by Accumen.
  3. 3.Mr. Sandeep Ahuja was invited as panelist for the session “Mobile for Health and Inclusion Projects” at the 7thmBillionth Award. 

Donation Utilization:

This quarter Operation ASHA raised $201. 

Click Here to read about Arhana who was thrown out from her husband's house after being diagnosed with TB. 

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us go further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Sep 07 2016

12 year old Annie wants to be a nurse

Sandeep Ahuja

 Dear Friend, 

12 year old Annie has stars in her eyes. She wants to be a nurse and help people. She’s bright and happy now, a star student, a loving child standing on the brink of teen-hood and discovery.

But this was not always so. 3 years back, Annie developed a hacking cough, which very soon metamorphosed into a condition where every breath was painful and every step required a huge effort. Her body wasted away. She became pitifully thin. She was unable to eat, and could barely able to swallow a few teaspoonfuls of gruel every day. 

Someone in the neighborhood connected her to Operation ASHA’s health workers. Immediately, our machinery swung into action. Annie was diagnosed with MDR TB, a form of Tuberculosis where conventional drugs don’t act. She was put on second line drugs, which included daily painful injections for 180 days. Annie’s mother, Mariam, displayed exemplary courage in these difficult days. She did not lose hope. And all the time, our field workers were there for Annie and her family, to provide love and support, to guide them thru difficult times, and to take care of the million problems that would come up as a side effect of the medication.

Treatment lasted for full 2 years and there were many setbacks, but today Annie stands tall. She has a brave smile on her face. And she has taken her decision. She will study hard and go thru nursing college, so she can help others in turn.

And this is why I am able to work. My life hasn’t been easy either. Like all others in the world, I’ve had health issues, financial troubles, and personal challenges. Its patients like Annie who keep me going. For a physician, the happiest moment is when a patient recovers. That’s all that matters. And that’s what keeps me going.

There are millions of Annie’s in this world. Thousands are not diagnosed. Thousands face discrimination. Children are neglected, left to suffer, to die, if they have Tuberculosis. Children lose their childhood because of TB. But Annie’s story gives us hope.

With your support, we can do so much more for them, and give them health and happiness and a chance to pursue their dreams.

Donation Utilization:
This quarter Operation ASHA raised $301. 

Thank you

Sandeep

Jun 10 2016

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Sandeep Ahuja

Dear Friend,

You will be delighted to know that the Lancet has published an article on Operation ASHA's innovative methodology, authored by Prof Ravi Anupindi and Prof Prashant Yadav of Ross school of Business, University of Michigan, and Prof Madhukar Pai, McGill University. Click here to access it. 

Also, the Huffington Post published Dr Shelly batra’s blog entitled “Technology: Killer or savior?” where she gave her views on how technology can, and must, be used for social good, and not for perpetrating war, terror and hatred. Click here to read it. 

Shelly was also invited to Oxford UK in mid April this year by the Skoll Foundation to participate in an event entitled “Beyond Dialogue: Building Sustainable and Inclusive Business Models in Partnership with Social Entrepreneur.” Operation ASHA generated a lot of interest among industry leaders, foundations, and civil society and government representatives.

Work goes on with greater momentum, and this year we hope for more partnerships, more work, greater impact, and I thank you with all my heart for your unswavering support.

Donation Utilization:

This quarter Operation ASHA raised $286.44. 

Thank you

Mar 15 2016

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Sandeep Ahuja

Dear Friend,

This year has started with great accolades. Dr Shelly Batra was invited by the World Economic Forum to attend its Annual Summit at Davos in January 2016. This was a brilliant gathering of all who’s who from across the globe. No doubt this one invitation added greatly to our credibility and strength. But we believe that with recognition comes greater responsibility, and now our resolution is to accelerate our work with greater determination and courage, in order to expand our model to many more geographies. We shall move to more action, better results, higher impact.

Read Dr Shelly’s blog in Huffington post on her Davos experience: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-davos-bashers-must-d_b_9200158.html?section=india

And we are proud and humbled by our work. We have taken great strides in Cambodia, where we have trained more than 3000 people from remote villages as Community health Workers. These foot soldiers carry out TB detection and provide doorstep delivery of TB medicines to patients living in villages and far-flung areas, thus ensuring health and economic stability, and preventing the menace of Drug Resistance.

Drug resistance continues to be one of the biggest challenges. We prevent this by using eCompliance, the fingerprint technology to monitor every dose taken, and slowly but surely, eCompliance is becoming the gold standard for TB care. Our eCompliance has been replicated ASPAT, an NGO in Peru, by the name SisBiotic, to targets Peru’s TB high treatment abandonment rate. Aspat Peru received the Kochon award at the UNION conference in Cape Town last year, which is awarded annually by the Stop TB Partnership to individuals and/or organizations that have made a significant contribution to combating TB.

Work continues, and better than before. Each successive year makes us more determined. It is your unswavering and enduring support has helped us stay on this long and difficult path. If not for you, there would be no ‘going to scale’. If not for you, millions would still be dying of a curable disease. I thank you with all my heart.

Donation Utilization:

This quarter Operation ASHA raised $466.

Click here to read about Anita, mother of 3, battling tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Dec 15 2015

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Sandeep Ahuja

Dear Friend,

As the year draws to its end, let’s take a moment to pause and reflect on what we have achieved, what are our goals, and what we must do to persevere on our chosen path.

Today I stand in spirit with the thousands who have no access to health, safe water, or sanitation. I stand hand in hand with the poorest of the poor, those who seek equality, justice, and a safe world. And I know you share my dream - that of health for all, for better health leads to better education and work and wages, and lifts people out of poverty.

Operation ASHA serves more than 8 million disadvantaged in India and Cambodia, and your support has been crucial to our success. Your donation help us treat 3,500 patients of a deadly disease, Tuberculosis. These patients come from urban shanties or far flung areas, and they have recovered and lived because of you.

Your donation are leveraged 4 times by the free medicines provided by the government. Your support matters. Because patients matter.

With your support Operation ASHA continues to achieve new milestones and set new standards.

Many exciting things have happened recently.

Dr. Shelly was also featured on AlJazeera's Inside Story on " Is the world losing the fight against 'superbugs; " Click here to see what she has to say. 

Operation ASHA is the first Indian NGO to be a part of WIPO Re:Search Consortium

Operation ASHA also won the 2015 FT/ IFC Transformational Business Award in the Information and Communications Technology category. We were the runners-up in 2014. 

Operation ASHA was featured in an episode of Accelerate India, on CNBC-TV18 in India, for its use of fingerprint-scanning to ensure adherence to medication and effective patient-provider communication.

Forbes magazine published an article by Will Greene featuring OpASHA for embracing new mobile health technologies to help fight TB efficiently and cost effectively. A leading newspaper in India, The Tribune, featured an article “TB control requires new technologies” talking about OpASHA’s novel model in the area of TB care. Click here to read this article.
Project Report

Donation Utilization:
This quarter Operation ASHA raised $174.

Click here to read about Anita, mother of 3, battling tuberculosis. 

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us go further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.
Sep 15 2015

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Sandeep Ahuja

With your support Operation ASHA continues to achieve new milestones and set new standards. Many exciting things have happened recently.

Operation ASHA's President and Co-founder Dr. Shelly Batra was interviewed by Voice of America, on how technology can help us win the fight against tuberculosis. 

Dr. Shelly was also featured on AlJazeera's Inside Story on " Is the world losing the fight against 'superbugs; ". Click here to see what she has to say. 

Operation ASHAis the first Indian NGO to be a part of WIPO Re:Search Consortium

OpASHA also won the 2015 FT/ IFC Transformational Business Award in the Information and Communications Technology category. We were the runners-up in 2014. 

Operation ASHA was featured in an episode of Accelerate India, on CNBC-TV18 in India, for its use of fingerprint-scanning to ensure adherence to medication and effective patient-provider communication.

Forbes magazine published an article by Will Greene featuring OpASHA for embracing new mobile health technologies to help fight TB efficiently and cost effectively. A leading newspaper in India, The Tribune, featured an article “TB control requires new technologies” talking about OpASHA’s novel model in the area of TB care. Click here to read this article.

Sandeep Ahuja, CEO, Operation ASHA was in Chicago to speak in the Social Impact Leadership Series on May 18. He also spoke at the Annual Benefit Dinner of Globemed at University of Chicago on May 23.

Sandeep was a speaker at the UChicago Alliance for the Civil Society.


Inside OpASHA

The eCompliance, our comprehensive low-cost technology solution for tracking and monitoring TB patients, is constantly being upgraded to suit the needs of the people. Recently, our technology team launched a text free version of eCompliance to be used in zero literacy areas such as the tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. We successfully transitioned eCompliance from Net books to TABLETS for improved efficacy and cost-efficiency.

Operation ASHA has developed powerful innovations, says Aleem Walji, Director of the World Bank Innovation Lab. He goes on, ''I feel inspired when I see an organization that;s doing something in a new way or creating new delivery model to serve the poor. Operation ASHA...has fingerprint recognition mechanism for tracking patients supplied. But when I went to see them in the slums of Delhi, I realized that their work involves all kinds of innovations...These are powerful innnovations''. Full interview is available here.

Our eCompliance technology has been customised for replication in Kenya, Dominican republic, Uganda and Peru

Project Report

Donation Utilization:
This quarter Operation ASHA raised $111.

Click here to read about Mahmood Khairati a 61 year old tuberculosis patient treated by OpASHA. 

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us go further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Jun 22 2015

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Sandeep Ahuja

With your support Operation ASHA continues to achieve new milestones and set new standards. Many exciting things have happened recently.

Operation ASHA’s President Dr. Shelly Batra was invited on World TB Day this year to give a presentation in Washington D.C. to the U.S. Senate, as part of an advocacy endeavour. This was to raise awareness about the need to accelerate efforts towards TB eradication.

She also gave a radio interview on the Global Activism series on the Chicago Radio with WBEZ/National Public Radio’s Worldview on 26 March 2015. You can hear the interview by clicking here. She was recognized for her outstanding contribution at the Healthcare Awards on 21st January at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

Operation ASHA was featured in an episode of Accelerate India, on CNBC-TV18 in India, for its use of fingerprint-scanning to ensure adherence to medication and effective patient-provider communication.

Forbes magazine published an article by Will Greene featuring OpASHA for embracing new mobile health technologies to help fight TB efficiently and cost effectively. A leading newspaper in India, The Tribune, featured an article “TB control requires new technologies” talking about OpASHA’s novel model in the area of TB care. Click here to read this article.

Sandeep Ahuja, CEO, Operation ASHA was in Chicago to speak in the Social Impact Leadership Series on May 18. He also spoke at the Annual Benefit Dinner of Globemed at University of Chicago on May 23. 

Sandeep was a speaker at the UChicago Alliance for the Civil Society


Inside OpASHA

The eCompliance, our comprehensive low-cost technology solution for tracking and monitoring TB patients, is constantly being upgraded to suit the needs of the people. Recently, our technology team launched a text free version of eCompliance to be used in zero literacy areas such as the tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. We successfully transitioned eCompliance from Net books to TABLETS for improved efficacy and cost-efficiency.

Operation ASHA has developed powerful innovations, says Aleem Walji, Director of the World Bank Innovation Lab. He goes on, ''I feel inspired when I see an organization that;s doing something in a new way or creating new delivery model to serve the poor. Operation ASHA...has fingerprint recognition mechanism for tracking patients supplied. But when I went to see them in the slums of Delhi, I realized that their work involves all kinds of innovations...These are powerful innnovations''. Full interview is available here.

Our eCompliance technology has been customised for replication in Kenya, Dominican republic, Uganda and Peru


Of course, focus of Operation ASHA continues to be supporting/ treating patients and preventing TB. An example is the tribal area of Ghati Gaon in the state of Madhya Pradesh in Central India.A great percentage of the patients regularly missed doses in this area, because they were away during the day earning livelihood in surrounding towns. 

To eliminate this problem, our highly motivated health workers changed their work hours to late evening and early morning and succeeded in virtually eliminating missed doses, hitting a perfect zero for most of the time. 

See how these workers deliver care in remote villages. 

Apart from this, we are also testing 10,000 TB patients for Diabetes, and the first phase has already been started in Delhi. This implementation is an imperative tool to detect co-morbidities and impact more lives positively.

Project Report

Donation Utilization:
This quarter Operation ASHA raised $411. 

Click here to read Tuberculosis brought a near stop to young 18 year old Nisha's life if not for the timely treatment provided by Operation ASHA.

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us go further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Mar 24 2015

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Sandeep Ahuja

With your support Operation ASHA continues to achieve new milestones and set new standards. Many exciting things have happened recently.

Recently, leading Bollywood actor Aamir Khan who hosts the famous television show Satyamev Jayate (Truth Shall Prevail) focused on tuberculosis (TB), and included Operation ASHA’s path breaking work in saving lives and treating patients.

On October 9, 2014 President of OpASHA, Dr. Shelly Batra joined Jim Kim, President of World Bank at the TEDxWBG talk on Ending Poverty in Washington DC. 

Inside OpASHA

The eCompliance, our comprehensive low-cost technology solution for tracking and monitoring TB patients, is constantly being upgraded to suit the needs of the people. Recently, our technology team launched a text free version of eCompliance to be used in zero literacy areas such as the tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. We successfully transitioned eCompliance from Net books to TABLETS for improved efficacy and cost-efficiency.

Operation ASHA has developed powerful innovations, says Aleem Walji, Director of the World Bank Innovation Lab. He goes on, ''I feel inspired when I see an organization that;s doing something in a new way or creating new delivery model to serve the poor. Operation ASHA...has fingerprint recognition mechanism for tracking patients supplied. But when I went to see them in the slums of Delhi, I realized that their work involves all kinds of innovations...These are powerful innnovations''. Full interview is available here.

Our eCompliance technology has been customised for replication in Kenya. The local NGO has implemented 9 eCompliance tablets in the pilot. Results will be available hopefully in a year.

Of course, focus of Operation ASHA continues to be supporting/ treating patients and preventing TB. An example is the tribal area of Ghati Gaon in the state of Madhya Pradesh in Central India.% of the patients regularly missed doses in this area, because they were away during the day earning livelihood in surrounding towns. 

to eliminate this problem, our highly motivated health workers changed their work hours to late evening and early morning and succeeded in virtually eliminating missed doses, hitting a perfect zero for most of the time. 

See how these workers deliver care in remote villages. 

Apart from this, we are also testing 10,000 TB patients for Diabetes, and the first phase has already been started in Delhi. This implementation is an imperative tool to detect co-morbidities and impact more lives positively.

Operation ASHA's work was also presented in a number of other international conferences. These are: Geneva Health Forum in April 2014, Annual Forum of the IPIHD,“International Partnership for Innovative Health Care Delivery” in Washington DC, among others.

Major Media mentions


Center for North East Studies and Policy Research, June 18, 2014, “If you want to deliver a last-mile solution, the best way is to ask those affected how they might do it”,  


Canadian International Council, July 10, 2014, “How the World Bank Got Over the Curse of Knowledge” An Interview with Aleem Walji, Director of the World Bank’s Innovation Labs 

STOP TB Partnership Newsletter, July 24, 2014, "eCompliance technology gains new ground to help in patient identification'' 

SEA GLOBE Magazine, August 15,2014, ''WITH BATED BREATH''

TEDxWBG Talk, October 9, 2014, Dr. Shelly Batra, President of Operation ASHA along with World Bank President, Jim Kim joined the TEDxWBG talk on Ending Poverty.


Satyamev Jayate (Truth Shall Prevail), October 26, 2014, Aamir Khan leading Bollywood actor lauded Operation ASHA in his famous show Satyamev Jayate for their work.


Project Report


Donation Utilization:
This quarter Operation ASHA raised $822.44
Part of the funds were utilized to provide groceries, like wheat flour, rice, cooking oil and cereals, for five extremely poor patients in the tribal area of Gwalior. 
The rest of the money was utilized in treating TB patients.

Click here to read Tuberculosis brought a near stop to young 18 year old Nisha's life if not for the timely treatment provided by Operation ASHA.

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us go further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Dec 23 2014

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Sandeep Ahuja

With your support Operation ASHA continues to achieve new milestones and set new standards. Many exciting things have happened recently.

Recently, leading Bollywood actor Aamir Khan who hosts the famous television show Satyamev Jayate (Truth Shall Prevail) focused on tuberculosis (TB), and included Operation ASHA’s path breaking work in saving lives and treating patients.

On October 9, 2014 President of OpASHA, Dr. Shelly Batra joined Jim Kim, President of World Bank at the TEDxWBG talk on Ending Poverty in Washington DC. 

Inside OpASHA

The eCompliance, our comprehensive low-cost technology solution for tracking and monitoring TB patients, is constantly being upgraded to suit the needs of the people. Recently, our technology team launched a text free version of eCompliance to be used in zero literacy areas such as the tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. We successfully transitioned eCompliance from Net books to TABLETS for improved efficacy and cost-efficiency.

Operation ASHA has developed powerful innovations, says Aleem Walji, Director of the World Bank Innovation Lab. He goes on, ''I feel inspired when I see an organization that;s doing something in a new way or creating new delivery model to serve the poor. Operation ASHA...has fingerprint recognition mechanism for tracking patients supplied. But when I went to see them in the slums of Delhi, I realized that their work involves all kinds of innovations...These are powerful innnovations''. Full interview is available here.

Our eCompliance technology has been customised for replication in Kenya. The local NGO has implemented 9 eCompliance tablets in the pilot. Results will be available hopefully in a year.

Of course, focus of Operation ASHA continues to be supporting/ treating patients and preventing TB. An example is the tribal area of Ghati Gaon in the state of Madhya Pradesh in Central India.% of the patients regularly missed doses in this area, because they were away during the day earning livelihood in surrounding towns. 

to eliminate this problem, our highly motivated health workers changed their work hours to late evening and early morning and succeeded in virtually eliminating missed doses, hitting a perfect zero for most of the time. 

See how these workers deliver care in remote villages. 

Apart from this, we are also testing 10,000 TB patients for Diabetes, and the first phase has already been started in Delhi. This implementation is an imperative tool to detect co-morbidities and impact more lives positively.

Operation ASHA's work was also presented in a number of other international conferences. These are: Geneva Health Forum in April 2014, Annual Forum of the IPIHD,“International Partnership for Innovative Health Care Delivery” in Washington DC, among others.

Major Media mentions

Center for North East Studies and Policy Research, June 18, 2014, “If you want to deliver a last-mile solution, the best way is to ask those affected how they might do it”,  

Canadian International Council, July 10, 2014, “How the World Bank Got Over the Curse of Knowledge” An Interview with Aleem Walji, Director of the World Bank’s Innovation Labs 

STOP TB Partnership Newsletter, July 24, 2014, "eCompliance technology gains new ground to help in patient identification'' 

SEA GLOBE Magazine, August 15,2014, ''WITH BATED BREATH''

TEDxWBG Talk, October 9, 2014, Dr. Shelly Batra, President of Operation ASHA along with World Bank President, Jim Kim joined the TEDxWBG talk on Ending Poverty.

Satyamev Jayate (Truth Shall Prevail), October 26, 2014, Aamir Khan leading Bollywood actor lauded Operation ASHA in his famous show Satyamev Jayate for their work.


Project Report

Donation Utilization:
This quarter Operation ASHA raised $596.
Part of the funds were utilized to provide groceries, like wheat flour, rice, cooking oil and cereals, for five extremely poor patients in the tribal area of Gwalior. 
The rest of the money was utilized in treating TB patients.

Click here to read how Operation ASHA helped Bibi Shaikh who works as a sweeper in a hospital.

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us go further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Aug 19 2014

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Sandeep Ahuja

With your support Operation ASHA continues to achieve new milestones and set new standards. Many exciting things have happened recently.

You will be delighted to know that Dr. Shelly Batra, President & Co-Founder of Operation ASHA, has been selected as Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 by Schwab Foundation. Winners were selected in recognition of their innovative approach and potential for global impact. Click here to know more about the awards.

Inside OpASHA

The eCompliance, our comprehensive low-cost technology solution for tracking and monitoring TB patients, is constantly being upgraded to suit the needs of the people. Recently, our technology team launched a text free version of eCompliance to be used in zero literacy areas such as the tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. We successfully transitioned eCompliance from Net books to TABLETS for improved efficacy and cost-efficiency.

Operation ASHA also piloted eCompliance in Cambodia (Takeo Province).To date, more than 140 patients are registered with eCompliance.Click here to see what a successfully treated female TB patient has to say about Operation ASHA.

Apart from that, We shall be testing 10,000 TB patients for Diabetes, and the first phase has already been started in Delhi. This implementation is an imperative tool to detect co-morbidities and impact more lives positively.

Operation ASHA's work was also presented in a number of other international conferences. These are: Geneva Health Forum in April 2014, Annual Forum of the IPIHD,“International Partnership for Innovative Health Care Delivery” in Washington DC, among others.

Major Media mentions

The Guardian,
 February 25, 2014 “Social enterprise: can it succeed where traditional development has failed?“ By Deborah Doane
The Lancet, March 24, 2014  “Tuberculosis control needs a complete and patient-centric solution” By Madhukar Pai, Prashant Yadav & Ravi Anupindi
Public Health England: Annual TB Update 2014, March, 2014 “Operation ASHA’s eCompliance – a solution to reaching the 3 million?”
Stars Foundation, March 24, 2014  “Treating TB in Urban India and Rural Uganda” 
Economic Times, March 24, 2014 “Two Indian social entrepreneurs Shelly Batra and Chetna Vijay Sinha recognised by Schwab Foundation”
Business Standard, March 24, 2014  ”2 Indian social entrepreneurs recognised by Schwab Foundation”
Center for Health Market Innovations, March 31, 2014 “Reaching the missing 3 million: Exploring the evidence behind efforts to harness informal health providers and fight TB” By Christina Synowiec
Ministry of External Affairs:Government of India, March 27, 2014, “ASHA’s Shelly Batra, Mann Deshi’s Chetna Sinha recipients of Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur awards” By Deepak Chitnis

Center for North East Studies and Policy Research, June 18, 2014, “If you want to deliver a last-mile solution, the best way is to ask those affected how they might do it”,  

Canadian International Council, July 10, 2014, How the World Bank Got Over the Curse of Knowledge” An Interview with Aleem Walji, Director of the World Bank’s Innovation Labs 



Project Report

Donation Utilization:
This quarter Operation ASHA raised $520.
Part of the funds were utilized to provide groceries, like wheat flour, rice, cooking oil and cereals, for five extremely poor patients in the tribal area of Gwalior. 
The rest of the money was utilized in treating TB patients.

Click here to read how Operation ASHA helped a 17 year old male TB patient "Krishna".

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us go further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

 

May 22 2014

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Sandeep Ahuja

With your support Operation ASHA continues to achieve new milestones and set new standards. Many exciting things have happened recently.

You will be delighted to know that Dr. Shelly Batra, President & Co-Founder of Operation ASHA, has been selected as Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 by Schwab Foundation. Winners were selected in recognition of their innovative approach and potential for global impact. Click here to know more about the awards.

Inside OpASHA

The eCompliance, our comprehensive low-cost technology solution for tracking and monitoring TB patients, is constantly being upgraded to suit the needs of the people. Recently, our technology team launched a text free version of eCompliance to be used in zero literacy areas such as the tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. We successfully transitioned eCompliance from Net books to TABLETS for improved efficacy and cost-efficiency.

Operation ASHA also piloted eCompliance in Cambodia (Takeo Province).To date, more than 140 patients are registered with eCompliance.Click here to see what a successfully treated female TB patient has to say about Operation ASHA.

Apart from that, We shall be testing 10,000 TB patients for Diabetes, and the first phase has already been started in Delhi. This implementation is an imperative tool to detect co-morbidities and impact more lives positively.

Operation ASHA's work was also presented in a number of other international conferences. These are: Geneva Health Forum in April 2014, Annual Forum of the IPIHD,“International Partnership for Innovative Health Care Delivery” in Washington DC, among others.

Major Media mentions

The Guardian,
 February 25, 2014 “Social enterprise: can it succeed where traditional development has failed?“ By Deborah Doane
The Lancet, March 24, 2014  “Tuberculosis control needs a complete and patient-centric solution” By Madhukar Pai, Prashant Yadav & Ravi Anupindi
Public Health England: Annual TB Update 2014, March, 2014 “Operation ASHA’s eCompliance – a solution to reaching the 3 million?”
Stars Foundation, March 24, 2014  “Treating TB in Urban India and Rural Uganda” 
Economic Times, March 24, 2014 “Two Indian social entrepreneurs Shelly Batra and Chetna Vijay Sinha recognised by Schwab Foundation”
Business Standard, March 24, 2014  ”2 Indian social entrepreneurs recognised by Schwab Foundation”
Center for Health Market Innovations, March 31, 2014 “Reaching the missing 3 million: Exploring the evidence behind efforts to harness informal health providers and fight TB” By Christina Synowiec
Ministry of External Affairs:Government of India, March 27, 2014, “ASHA’s Shelly Batra, Mann Deshi’s Chetna Sinha recipients of Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur awards” By Deepak Chitnis

Project Report

Donation Utilization:
This quarter Operation ASHA raised $1017.
Part of the funds were utilized to provide groceries, like wheat flour, rice, cooking oil and cereals, for five extremely poor patients in the tribal area of Gwalior. 
The rest of the money was utilized in treating TB patients.

Performance
Total number of patients at centers till April 2014: 5347    
Total new patients enrolled in the period February 2014 till April 2014: 2819 
Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured in the period February 2014 till April 2014: 2387

Click here to read how Operation ASHA helped a female TB patient "Bibi Shaikh".

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us go further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Feb 24 2014

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Sandeep Ahuja

With your support Operation ASHA continues to achieve new milestones and set new standards. Many exciting things have happened recently.

You will be delighted to know that Operation ASHA was recognized amongst the 15 most innovative health solutions from around the world and was selected for showcase at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) in Qatar, an event organized by the British and Qatari Royal families. We presented our model to eminent Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi; our unique community-based model using technology to ensure compliance was greatly appreciated by all.

Inside OpASHA
In January, we signed a MoU with AIDS Health Care Foundation to test 10,000 TB patients for HIV over a period of one year. Worldwide, it is estimated that over one million people have TB/HIV co-infection. In fact, TB is the leading cause of death among those living with HIV, and HIV patients are up to 30 times more likely to die of TB. In India, only 56% of TB patients know their HIV status, so implementation of HIV testing is an imperative tool to save and impact lives.

Operation ASHA also piloted eCompliance, a biometric technology, in four centers in Cambodia (Takeo Province) to improve treatment adherence and program outcomes for TB. To date, more than 100 patients are registered with eCompliance.

Major Media mentions
Die Seite Drei
, November 8, 2013 “An der front” by Von Arne Perras          
Money Control.com, November 12, 2013 “Change Agents: Social entrepreneur of the year 2013”`
Mumbai Mitra, November 9, 2013, Click here to read the full article 
Ekdin, November 9, 2013, Click here to read the full article    
Dainik Jagran, November 6, 2013“TB patients ki Aasha”      

Project Report
Donation Utilization:
This quarter Operation ASHA raised $1421.
Part of the funds were utilized to provide groceries, like wheat flour, rice, cooking oil and cereals, for five extremely poor patients in the tribal area of Gwalior.
The rest of the money was utilized in treating TB patients.

Performance
Total number of patients at centers till January 2014: 5279    
Total new patients enrolled in the period November 2013 till January 2014: 2695
Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured in the period November 2013 till January 2014: 2216

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us go further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Nov 25 2013

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Sandeep Ahuja

With your support Operation ASHA continues to achieve new milestones and set new standards. Many exciting things have happened recently.

This August, Operation ASHA started working in the slums of Dharavi, Mumbai with 160,000 population and currently 71 patients are taking treatment. Many of them are suffering from Multi-Drug-Resistant TB, the dreaded form, which is far more difficult to treat than normal TB.

Another exciting news is Dr. Shelly Batra, President Operation ASHA has been selected as a finalist as Social Entrepreneur of the Year amongst one of the four. This competition was organized by the Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation
 

Inside OpASHA

Kevin Desharnais, Chairman, Operation ASHA US Board ran the marathon in Chicago successfully a second time. He raised $4,500, enough to treat 60 patients and save their lives, give a better life to their families & children, and prevent many more from getting the infection. The overall benefits would reach more than 500 people.

Operation ASHA received an award as well. India's premier medical institution, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and Centre for Health Systems Innovation, Oklahoma State University, USA organized a conference on Innovation & Entrepreneurship. In the conference, one of our volunteers, Radhika Batra presented Operation ASHA's innovative methodology, with focus on eCompliance. You will be delighted to know that we are the winners of the first prize, which is a glittering trophy and Rs 100,000 ($1600) for the organization.

 

Major Media mentions

Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall 2013 “The Future of Health Care Access”
By John A. MacDonald, Anita M. McGahan, Will Mitchell, & The T-HOPE   Team  

Civil Society Online August 2013 “OpASHA has tech for TB patient compliance”
By Shayak Majumder

Canadinan Medical Association Journal, Aug 16, 2013 “Fingerprinting used to combat drug-resistant TB in India, Cambodia”
By Wendy Glauser

Phnom Penh Post, Aug 9, 2013 “A Singaporean volunteer helping Cambodians”

 

Project Report

Donation Utilization:

This quarter Operation ASHA raised $256.

Part of the funds were utilized to give groceries like wheat flour, rice, cooking oil and cereals to five extremely poor patients in tribal area of Gwalior
Rest of the money was utilized in treatment patients.

Performance

Total number of patients at centers till October 2013: 5300
Total new patients enrolled in the period August 2013 till October 2013: 2731
Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured in the period August 2013 till October 2013: 2135

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

 

Aug 26 2013

Treating 3500 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

Sandeep Ahuja

This summer, the University of Chicago (UofC) bestowed its Public Service Award to their outstanding alumnus Mr. Sandeep Ahuja, CEO and Co-founder of Operation ASHA. Sandeep has led Operation ASHA as CEO since 2006. His sharp business acumen has earned praise and created a cost-effective method of treating tuberculosis and delivering other products to the disadvantaged.

“The Public Service Award honors those alumni who have fulfilled the obligations of their education through creative citizenship and exemplary leadership in service in ways that benefit society and reflect credit on the University” said a press release issued by the University.

The award ceremony took place on June 8, 2013 in Chicago. After the impressive ceremony, Sandeep was mobbed by well wishers, who were eager to know more about him & Operation ASHA.

Inside OpASHA

To commemorate 100 years of innovation, Rockefeller’s Centennial initiative looks ahead to the development of innovative approaches to address the global shocks and deepening stresses of the 21st century. They came up with a four-part series that explores the role of using an innovative network model to source new solutions to pressing problems. They spoke with Dr. Shelly Batra to learn how Operation ASHA, builds and leverages networks to create impact.

They wrote a blog named “Leveraging Networks to Create Impact” to show how Operation ASHA is transforming the way tuberculosis (TB) treatment is delivered—and winning the battle against drug-resistant TB as a result.

In fact, The Rockefeller Foundation named Operation ASHA as one of its top '100 Next Century Innovators' as part of its centennial celebrations and it is featured on their website with the title “Digital Identification for TB management”

Other media mentions

International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery, July 22, 2013: “Worried about the spread of TB? Me,too. Here is one solution” by Anne Katharine Wales

Civil Society Online, June, 2013: “A World Bank bazaar” by Arjun Sen      

Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH): Member spotlight, June, 2013: “Operation ASHA: Delivering “last mile” in service delivery”      

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, May 30, 2013 “The urban poverty paradox: It’s good for you. Why won’t you do it?” by Urvashi Prasad

The Times of India, May 26, 2013: “Biometric way to tame Tuberculosis”

Project Report

Performance

Total number of patients at centers till July 2013: 3594

Total new patients enrolled in the period May 2013 till July 2013: 2002

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured in the period May 2013 till July 2013: 1243

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Photograph (c) K. C. Ortiz

 

May 28 2013

Treating 3500 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

Hitika Ahuja

Operation ASHA strategy replicated in Uganda

This World TB Day, researchers at Columbia University reported their results about replication of Operation ASHA’s strategy in Ruhirra, Uganda.
The article quotes, "The results in Ruhiira are a staggering improvement....The eCompliance compliance system was implemented in July 2012; since then, 31 patients have been enrolled in the system, none of those patients have been lost to follow-up, and none have died". Because of integration of eCompliance, along with adoption of other elements of our strategy, the death rate has reduced from 16% to Zero.
Read the full article in Huffington Post, written by Dr Yanis Ben Amor and Sarah Snidal: “Harnessing new technologies to tackle an old disease.”

Inside OpASHA

Operation ASHA recently won an award by The India Development Marketplace (DM) funded by the World Bank Group (WBG) to extend and scale up its innovative model in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand. Watch Dr. Shelly Batra’s interview by World Bank: “Operation ASHA: A Development Marketplace Snapshot”

Onno Ruhl, the Country Director of the World Bank in India visited Operation ASHA’s TB treatment centre last month to see the work & impact of Operation ASHA’s model. After the visit Mr Ruhl wrote a blog entitled, “The Last Mile, at Last?” This is part of the series “End Poverty in South Asia” on the website of the World Bank.

In his blog Mr Ruhl states that he “was fascinated: If Operation ASHA’s model could be rolled out everywhere where there is TB, we could stop Multi-Drug-Resistant TB and save so many lives! 

What Operation ASHA does is literally to deliver the elusive last mile in service delivery, the mile that lies in between well-intended government programs and results on the ground. And they do it with relentless focus and incredible efficiency. What if we could develop Operations ASHA for other problems as well? 90% efficiency and 19 times cheaper? It would be incredible!

Other media mentions

Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, March 28, 2013: “Informal Health Providers Treating TB Are Here to Stay, So How Do We Work with Them?” By Gina Lagomarsino 

Reuters, March 23, 2013: “India turns to technology in TB battle”

Financial Times, March 21, 2013: “Epidemic fears: India faces drug resistant strains” by Ame Kazmin

Voice of America, Feb 23, 2013: “In India, fighting TB with Fingerprints” by Aru Pande 

Project Report

Performance

Total number of patients at centers till April 2013: 3538

Total new patients enrolled in the period Feb 2013 till April 2013: 1884

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured in the period Feb 2013 till April 2013: 1704

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Photograph (c) K. C. Ortiz

Feb 27 2013

Treating 3500 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

Hitika Ahuja

Dr. Shelly Batra, President, Operation ASHA (Twitter: @shells1857) was quoted by TIME Magazine (issue dated 4th March,2013) in the article "Drugs Don't Work" by Krista Mahr. Discussing about the horrors of Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Dr. Batra says, "We are on the brink of another epidemic, and it has no treatment. If TDR spreads, we will go back to the Dark Ages"

The Associated Press covered Operation ASHA in their story “India wages hi-tech war on Ancient TB Scourge”, written by Ravi Nessman. This article was published in more than 42 leading newspapers and blogs all over the world, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Huffington Post and Boston Globe. Read full article here.

Inside OpASHA

In Cambodia, we recently started operations in another Operational District (OD). Now we work in a total of 5 ODs.In Western OD, Phnom Penh, a pilot project has also been initiated in partnership with Pagodas (religious places) to target the older populations in the district.

Check our quick-facts page for quarterly updates on our operations and expansion.

Media mentions

The Guardian, Dec 5, 2012: “Helping the medicine go downby Caspar van Vark

Microsoft Research , Dec 03, 2012: “Battling Tuberculosis Through Microsoft Technology

Discovery News, Nov 29, 2012: “Excellent Idea of the  day: TB Tracker Halts Disease’s Spreadby Jesse Emspak

My Space, My Odyssey

DR-TB is one of the leading preventable causes of untold misery, great suffering, and back-breaking poverty & economic loss to those who are already living below poverty line.” Dr. Shelly Batra writes about Challenges of Drug resistant TB (DR-TB). Read her blog here.

Project Report

Performance

Total number of patients at centers till Jan 2013: 3839

Total new patients enrolled in the period Nov 2012 till Jan 2013: 1784

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured in the period Nov 2012 till Jan 2013: 1826

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Photograph (c) Kieran Oudshoorn

Nov 29 2012

Treating 3500 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

Hitika Ahuja

Inside OpASHA
Wall Street Journal gives this year's Technology Innovation Award to Operation ASHA in the  Health-Care IT category
“Operation ASHA uses grass-roots human effort, combined with fingerprint and computer technology, to ensure that disadvantaged patients take the full course of medicine. That's a crucial step in reducing the emergence of drug-resistant forms of TB.” Read detailed coverage of the awards here. It was also covered in The Wall Street Journal's print edition on 16th Oct.

BBC World News aired Operation ASHA on Sunday, Nov 25 in the program 'Keeping Safe', part of series Horizons, that explores "ideas and businesses that may succeed in tackling the planet's biggest challenges". BBC anchor interviewed Dr. Shelly Batra, President, about how Operation ASHA is using its innovative eCompliance technology to treat TB and to prevent fatal forms of Drug Resistant TB. To watch the video, click here.

Operation ASHA successfuly completed the ‘Hope. Resilience. Courage.’ photography contest. This competition recognized the outstanding use of photography to tell compelling stories of courage from around the world. Check out the winning entry here.

From the President’s desk.
“Welcome to India, the land of Gandhi and Mother Teresa. The country of 700 million mobile phones but not enough toilets. The country where starvation deaths do NOT make headlines, where slavery exists, where inspite of the economic boom and billions of $$ spent on health programs, the government has not been able to fulfill its promise to its citizens, of affordable, equitable, and accessible health care”, says Dr. Shelly Batra in her talk on Health for BOP in Pinnacle, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
Read a brief synopsis of her talk in her blog.

Project Report:

Performance

Total number of patients at OpASHA centers at the end of Oct 2012: 4206

Total new patients enrolled in the period Aug 2012 till Oct 2012: 2016

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured: 1786

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Note: All the photographs are (c) Prateek Ahuja


Aug 27 2012

Treating 3500 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

Hitika Paul Ahuja

While the rain gods dance upon us, we will shower you with our updates.

Here in India, the power cuts gave Dr. Shelly Batra, President, Operation ASHA, time to ponder and put some life-instances on paper. She takes us back to her medical school days in her blog. Read the story of Potla, a 10-year old boy who was bedridden because of TB. Read how “A patch of blue” can offer hope and heal when all else fails.

And in the US, Kevin Desharnais, Chair of Board, Operation ASHA, USA, has decided to run The Bank of America- Chicago Marathon and raise funds for Operation ASHA. Read more about what inspired him, and help him turn this into a financial success! Every $50 raised will treat one patient and save a life. There is no minimum contribution, and you can choose to sponsor per mile or in a lump sum.

More updates from our team:

  1. Livemint.com (The Wall Street Journal)mentions Operation ASHA in an article on Fighting drug-resistant TB: chinks in India’s armour
  2. Dr. Shelly Batra was invited to UK speak in the Cambridge Global Health Commericialization & Funding Roundtable 2012
  3. OpASHA was a finalist in the Vodafone Mobiles for Good competition. SMS GupShup, a social networking platform, has awarded us with 400,000 free text messages

Project Report:

Performance

Total number of patients at OpASHA centers at the end of July 2012: 4071

Total new patients enrolled in the period May 2012 till July 2012: 2618

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured: 1754

Impact till date

Following is the list of tangible impact made by OpASHA

  1. HEALTH BENEFITS
    1. 4.56 million disadvantaged people educated about TB, and the stigma attached to TB reduced.
    2. 4071 TB patients are under treatment. Treated persons regain strength and can resume normal lives.
    3. Spread of infection to 48852 persons prevented.
  2. LIVELIHOOD GENERATION: 19 persons from the slums have been employed full-time by OpASHA. It may be mentioned here that 80% of OpASHA’s expenses generate livelihood in the slums.
  3. ECONOMIC BENEFITS:
    1. 4071 patients are receiving TB treatment. TB treatment reinstates the productivity of the patients. Each patient earns an additional Rs. 6,000 per year after treatment for her lifetime (Government of India). This is equivalent to an annuity of Rs. 75,000 a huge amount for people earning Rs. 50 a day or less.
    2. OpASHA delivers Social Return on Investment of 3517%. For each Rupee donated to OpASHA, society gains benefits worth Rs. 35.17. This indirectly helps improve the lives of millions of slum-dwellers.

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Note: All the photographs are (c) Prateek Ahuja

 

May 12 2012

Treating 3500 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

Hitika Paul

This mother’s day, treat a Tuberculosis patient to honor your mother

More than 100,000 women, suffering from tuberculosis, are thrown out of their families (every year) to die of starvation and disease. And their children suffer with them. Their suffering can be alleviated by only $50. Help us as we pledge to support these suffering mothers, and provide them with free treatment. All you need to do is:

  1. Click on http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/operation-asha/ before 14th May 2012.
  2. Select the third giving option, “gift or in honor of,” under the orange donate button on the page
  3. Make a donation

Moreover, the organization that has the maximum number of unique donors will win an extra $500 in spending money for its program. So, make a donation today! 

Project Report:

Performance

Total number of patients at OpASHA centers: 4071

Total new patients enrolled in the period Jan 2012 till April 2012: 2618

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured: 1754

Impact till date

Following is the list of tangible impact made by OpASHA

  1. HEALTH BENEFITS
    1. 4.56 million disadvantaged people educated about TB, and the stigma attached to TB reduced.
    2. 4071 TB patients are under treatment. Treated persons regain strength and can resume normal lives.
    3. Spread of infection to 48852 persons prevented.
  2. LIVELIHOOD GENERATION: 33 persons from the slums have been employed full-time by OpASHA. It may be mentioned here that 80% of OpASHA’s expenses generate livelihood in the slums.
  3. ECONOMIC BENEFITS:
    1. 4071 patients are receiving TB treatment. TB treatment reinstates the productivity of the patients. Each patient earns an additional Rs. 6,000 per year after treatment for her lifetime (Government of India). This is equivalent to an annuity of Rs. 75,000 a huge amount for people earning Rs. 50 a day or less.
    2. OpASHA delivers Social Return on Investment of 3517%. For each Rupee donated to OpASHA, society gains benefits worth Rs. 35.17. This indirectly helps improve the lives of millions of slum-dwellers.

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Note: All the photographs are (c) Kieran Oudshoorn

Feb 20 2012

Treating 3500 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

Sandeep Ahuja

Performance

Total number of patients at centers under this project: 3647

Total new patients enrolled in the period Nov 2011 till Jan 2011: 1822

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured: 1367

 

Impact till date

Following is the list of tangible impact made by OpASHA

  1. HEALTH BENEFITS
    1. 4.6 million Disadvantaged slum-dwellers educated about TB, and the stigma attached to TB reduced.
    2. 3647 TB patients are under treatment. Treated persons regain strength and can resume normal lives.
    3. Spread of infection to 43,764 persons prevented.
    4. Ration provided to the 8 families of the TB patients for the period of 6 months (treatment period).
  2. LIVELIHOOD GENERATION: 20 persons from the slums have been employed full-time by OpASHA. It may be mentioned here that 80% of OpASHA’s expenses generate livelihood in the slums.
  3. ECONOMIC BENEFITS:
    1. 3647 patients are receiving TB treatment. TB treatment reinstates the productivity of the patients. Each patient earns an additional Rs. 6,000 per year after treatment for her lifetime (Government of India). This is equivalent to an annuity of Rs. 75,000 a huge amount for people earning Rs. 50 a day or less.
    2. OpASHA delivers Social Return on Investment of 3517%. For each Rupee donated to OpASHA, society gains benefits worth Rs. 35.17. This indirectly helps improve the lives of millions of slum-dwellers.

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

 

Thank you.

 

 

Oct 18 2011

Treating 2000 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

Hitika Paul

Performance

Total number of patients at centers under this project: 692

Total new patients enrolled in the period Aug 2011 till Oct 2011: 190

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured: 119

Impact till date

Following is the list of tangible impact made by OpASHA

  1. HEALTH BENEFITS
    1. 6,80,000 Disadvantaged slum-dwellers educated about TB, and the stigma attached to TB reduced.
    2. 690 TB patients are under treatment. Treated persons regain strength and can resume normal lives.
    3. Spread of infection to 8280 persons prevented.
  2. LIVELIHOOD GENERATION: 6 persons from the slums have been employed full-time by OpASHA. It may be mentioned here that 80% of OpASHA’s expenses generate livelihood in the slums.
  3. ECONOMIC BENEFITS:
    1. 690 patients are receiving TB treatment. TB treatment reinstates the productivity of the patients. Each patient earns an additional Rs. 6,000 per year after treatment for her lifetime (Government of India). This is equivalent to an annuity of Rs. 75,000 a huge amount for people earning Rs. 50 a day or less.
    2. OpASHA delivers Social Return on Investment of 3517%. For each Rupee donated to OpASHA, society gains benefits worth Rs. 35.17. This indirectly helps improve the lives of millions of slum-dwellers.

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.


Jul 08 2011

Treating 2000 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

Hitika Paul

Performance

Total number of patients at centers under this project: 553

Total new patients enrolled in the period April 2011 till June 2011: 270

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured: 126

Total number of full-time workers trained: 6 Counselors

 

Impact till date

Following is the list of tangible impact made by OpASHA

              I.        HEALTH BENEFITS

a.    3,43,000 Disadvantaged slum-dwellers educated about TB, and the stigma attached to TB reduced.

b.    553 TB patients are under treatment. Treated persons regain strength and can resume normal lives.

c.    Spread of infection to 6636 persons prevented.

            II.        LIVELIHOOD GENERATION: 4 persons from the slums have been employed by OpASHA, 4 full-time and 7 part-time. It may be mentioned here that 80% of OpASHA’s expenses generate livelihood in the slums.

           III.        ECONOMIC BENEFITS:

a.    553 patients are receiving TB treatment. TB treatment reinstates the productivity of the patients. Each patient earns an additional Rs. 6,000 per year after treatment for her lifetime (Government of India). This is equivalent to an annuity of Rs. 75,000 a huge amount for people earning Rs. 50 a day or less.

b.    For 6636 infections prevented, OpASHA has saved the Indian economy Rs. 99 million providing indirect benefits to millions of slum-dwellers.

c.    OpASHA delivers Social Return on Investment of 11718%. For each Rupee donated to OpASHA, society gains benefits worth Rs. 117. This indirectly helps improve the lives of millions of slum-dwellers.

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Note: All the photographs are (c) Kieran Oudshoorn

Mar 23 2011

Treating 1361 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

Hitika Paul

Performance Snapshot

Number of centers operating: 22 (including 2 mobile centers)

Total number of patients at centers: 360

Total new patients enrolled in the period 1st Feb 2011- 15th March 2011: 72

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured: 25

Total number of health workers trained: 4

Total number of Home Visits: 1300

Total number of individuals made aware: 7800

Impact till date

Following is the list of tangible impact made by OpASHA

I. HEALTH BENEFITS

  1. 225,000 Disadvantaged slum-dwellers educated about TB, and the stigma attached to TB reduced.
  2. 360 TB patients are under treatment and 78 patients have been cured since November 2010. Treated persons regain strength and can resume normal lives.
  3. Spread of infection to 5256 persons prevented.
  4. 425 painkillers, 450 antiemmetic tablets, 750 iron tablets, 425 calcium tablets, 175 sachets of ORS, and 50 blankets were distributed, helping thousands of patients and their families.

II. LIVELIHOOD GENERATION: 13 persons from the slums have been employed by OpASHA, 7 full-time and 6 part-time. It may be mentioned here that 80% of OpASHA’s expenses generate livelihood in the slums.

III. ECONOMIC BENEFITS:

  1. 360 adult patients are receiving TB treatment. TB treatment reinstates the productivity of the patients. Each patient earns an additional Rs. 6,000 per year after treatment for her lifetime (Government of India). This is equivalent to an annuity of Rs. 75,000 a huge amount for people earning Rs. 50 a day or less.
  2. For 5256 infections prevented, OpASHA has saved the Indian economy Rs. 78 million providing indirect benefits to millions of slum-dwellers.
  3. OpASHA delivers Social Return on Investment of 11718%. For each Rupee donated to OpASHA, society gains benefits worth Rs. 117. This indirectly helps improve the lives of millions of slum-dwellers.

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Note: All the photographs above are (c) Kieran Oudshoorn

Mar 15 2011

Treating 1361 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

Hitika Paul

Performance Snapshot

Number of centers operating: 22 (including 2 mobile centers)

Total number of patients at centers: 360

Total new patients enrolled in the period 1st Feb 2011- 15th March 2011: 72

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured: 25

Total number of health workers trained: 4

Total number of Home Visits: 1300

Total number of individuals made aware: 7800

Impact till date

Following is the list of tangible impact made by OpASHA

I. HEALTH BENEFITS

  1. 225,000 Disadvantaged slum-dwellers educated about TB, and the stigma attached to TB reduced.
  2. 360 TB patients are under treatment and 78 patients have been cured since November 2010. Treated persons regain strength and can resume normal lives.
  3. Spread of infection to 5256 persons prevented.
  4. 425 painkillers, 450 antiemmetic tablets, 750 iron tablets, 425 calcium tablets, 175 sachets of ORS, and 50 blankets were distributed, helping thousands of patients and their families.

II. LIVELIHOOD GENERATION: 13 persons from the slums have been employed by OpASHA, 7 full-time and 6 part-time. It may be mentioned here that 80% of OpASHA’s expenses generate livelihood in the slums.

III. ECONOMIC BENEFITS:

  1. 360 adult patients are receiving TB treatment. TB treatment reinstates the productivity of the patients. Each patient earns an additional Rs. 6,000 per year after treatment for her lifetime (Government of India). This is equivalent to an annuity of Rs. 75,000 a huge amount for people earning Rs. 50 a day or less.
  2. For 5256 infections prevented, OpASHA has saved the Indian economy Rs. 78 million providing indirect benefits to millions of slum-dwellers.
  3. OpASHA delivers Social Return on Investment of 11718%. For each Rupee donated to OpASHA, society gains benefits worth Rs. 117. This indirectly helps improve the lives of millions of slum-dwellers.

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Feb 07 2011

Treating 1361 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

Hitika Paul

Performance Snapshot

Number of centers operating: 23

New centers opened in the period Nov 2010-Jan 2011: 6

Total number of patients at centers: 324

Total new patients enrolled in the period Nov 2010-Jan 2011: 158

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured: 53

Total number of volunteers trained: 3 Counselors (working full time with Operation ASHA), and 6 Community DOTs Providers (working part time)

Total number of Home Visits: 4145

Total number of individuals made aware: 24870

Total number of contacts: 790

Impact till date

Following is the list of tangible impact made by OpASHA

I. HEALTH BENEFITS

  1. 150,000 Disadvantaged slum-dwellers educated about TB, and the stigma attached to TB reduced.
  2. 324 TB patients are under treatment. Treated persons regain strength and can resume normal lives.
  3. Spread of infection to 3888 persons prevented.
  4. 350 painkillers, 400 antiemmetic tablets, 700 iron tablets, 350 calcium tablets, 150 sachets of ORS, and 50 blankets were distributed, helping thousands of patients and their families.

II. LIVELIHOOD GENERATION: 9 persons from the slums have been employed by OpASHA, 3 full-time and 6 part-time. It may be mentioned here that 80% of OpASHA’s expenses generate livelihood in the slums.

III. ECONOMIC BENEFITS:

  1. 324 adult patients are receiving TB treatment. TB treatment reinstates the productivity of the patients. Each patient earns an additional Rs. 6,000 per year after treatment for her lifetime (Government of India). This is equivalent to an annuity of Rs. 75,000 a huge amount for people earning Rs. 50 a day or less.
  2. For 3888 infections prevented, OpASHA has saved the Indian economy Rs. 58 million providing indirect benefits to millions of slum-dwellers.
  3. OpASHA delivers Social Return on Investment of 11718%. For each Rupee donated to OpASHA, society gains benefits worth Rs. 117. This indirectly helps improve the lives of millions of slum-dwellers.

Documented Improvements

The population of 150,000 in slums that has been served by this project is now much more aware of the symptoms of TB. They also feel lower stigma and are accepting the fact that TB is not a terminal disease. So many more suspects are coming up for testing. Once tested and diagnosed positive, the patients are more willing to join the therapy. This is helping ensure “early and increased detection”, which is one of the major goals prescribed by WHO. This goal is thus being effectively achieved by the Project.

One such case was of Mohan, a 7 years old student.  He was diagnosed with TB at the district TB hospital, where he was found to be seriously ill and tested positive on a sputum test.  He came to Operation ASHA extremely weak and malnourished.

Our counselor immediately started him on treatment.  Our counselor explained the details of TB treatment, transmission, and prevention to Mohan and told that if he took his medication regularly, he will soon be fine soon. Also, looking at his condition, Operation ASHA decided to support Mohan by giving her free food and nutrition for her entire treatment period.

Two months after beginning treatment, he was able to continue her studies—rather than being kicked out of school, which is a sadly common occurrence for students who contract TB.  Now healthy and in the last months of treatment, Mohan comments on his treatment: The counselor makes me laugh – by talking and laughing with me. 

Many other disadvantaged slum dwellers, like Mohan, have benefitted from this project. Thank you for your contribution.

Best Practices learnt during the project.

  1. A major challenge is connecting with the people that we are working to treat and educate, as well as gaining their trust.  The solution that we have used for this is to get our counselors from the areas in which they are working.  Thus, they know the areas, customs, dialects etc. of the slums they are working in.  This practice makes it much easier to gain the trust and respect of the communities that we are trying to serve.
  2. The major problem of treating TB is that the treatment takes over 6 months and must be done properly or default will occur and likely result in the often fatal Multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR) and Extensively-Drug-Resistant TB (XDR).  Thus, accessibility of centers is key. Operation ASHA has solved this problem with its innovative management of the supply chain by taking TB treatment to the doorsteps of the disadvantaged. It provides a dense network of treatment centers that are established within the community, e.g. in small shops, huts and in the premises of local health providers. They are open for long hours from early in the morning to late in the evening, allowing patients to procure the medicine conveniently without spending money on transport or losing wages.
  3. Another major challenge of TB treatment is making sure that patients and families understand the risks of defaulting.  Thus, OpASHA combines extensive education with our treatment, to both the patients and their families.  This treatment occurs not only at the beginning of our work with patients, but also if there are any problems or missed doses a counselor will give them educational reminders.
  4. A huge challenge of treating TB also lies in the stigma attached to it.  Employees often loose their jobs, and wives and children are often kicked out of the home.  Thus, OpASHA also acts as an advocate for its patients when necessary—appealing to employers, and families for the protection of the patients we treat.
  5. The other problem with the stigma is the reaction that people might have towards our patients if they are going to OpASHA clinics for treatment.  Thus our clinics and counselors are presented as offering additional services to the community.  The location of clinics is linked to temples, other health suppliers, etc. so that any patient entering our center does not have to fear being associated with the TB stigma.  Our counselors also offer other services, such as: food products, protein supplements, ORS, over-the-counter drugs, iron tablets for pregnant women, contraceptives for birth spacing, blankets, and much more.
  6. A final problem is in up keeping the quality of our services. To ensure the top service OpASHA practices rigorous quality control, and has established a robust feedback loop that involves government staff, WHO, and other nonprofits and community leaders.  Our counselors are also given incentive based salaries to ensure the lowest default rate and highest detection rate possible.
Jan 31 2011

Treating 1361 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

Hitika Paul

Performance Snapshot

Number of centers operating: 23

New centers opened in the period Nov 2010-Jan 2011: 6

Total number of patients at centers: 324

Total new patients enrolled in the period Nov 2010-Jan 2011: 158

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured: 53

Total number of volunteers trained: 3 Counselors (working full time with Operation ASHA), and 6 Community DOTs Providers (working part time)

Total number of Home Visits: 4145

Total number of individuals made aware: 24870

Total number of contacts: 790

 

Impact till date

Following is the list of tangible impact made by OpASHA

              I.        HEALTH BENEFITS

  1. 150,000 Disadvantaged slum-dwellers educated about TB, and the stigma attached to TB reduced.
  2. 324 TB patients are under treatment. Treated persons regain strength and can resume normal lives.
  3. Spread of infection to 3888 persons prevented.
  4. 350 painkillers, 400 antiemmetic tablets, 700 iron tablets, 350 calcium tablets, 150 sachets of ORS, and 50 blankets were distributed, helping thousands of patients and their families.

            II.        LIVELIHOOD GENERATION: 9 persons from the slums have been employed by OpASHA, 3 full-time and 6 part-time. It may be mentioned here that 80% of OpASHA’s expenses generate livelihood in the slums.

           III.        ECONOMIC BENEFITS:

  1. 324 adult patients are receiving TB treatment. TB treatment reinstates the productivity of the patients. Each patient earns an additional Rs. 6,000 per year after treatment for her lifetime (Government of India). This is equivalent to an annuity of Rs. 75,000 a huge amount for people earning Rs. 50 a day or less.
  2. For 3888 infections prevented, OpASHA has saved the Indian economy Rs. 58 million providing indirect benefits to millions of slum-dwellers.
  3. OpASHA delivers Social Return on Investment of 11718%. For each Rupee donated to OpASHA, society gains benefits worth Rs. 117. This indirectly helps improve the lives of millions of slum-dwellers.

Documented Improvements

The population of 150,000 in slums that has been served by this project is now much more aware of the symptoms of TB. They also feel lower stigma and are accepting the fact that TB is not a terminal disease. So many more suspects are coming up for testing. Once tested and diagnosed positive, the patients are more willing to join the therapy. This is helping ensure “early and increased detection”, which is one of the major goals prescribed by WHO. This goal is thus being effectively achieved by the Project.

One such case was of Mohan, a 7 years old student.  He was diagnosed with TB at the district TB hospital, where he was found to be seriously ill and tested positive on a sputum test.  He came to Operation ASHA extremely weak and malnourished.

Our counselor immediately started him on treatment.  Our counselor explained the details of TB treatment, transmission, and prevention to Mohan and told that if he took his medication regularly, he will soon be fine soon. Also, looking at his condition, Operation ASHA decided to support Mohan by giving her free food and nutrition for her entire treatment period.

Two months after beginning treatment, he was able to continue her studies—rather than being kicked out of school, which is a sadly common occurrence for students who contract TB.  Now healthy and in the last months of treatment, Mohan comments on his treatment: The counselor makes me laugh – by talking and laughing with me. 

Many other disadvantaged slum dwellers, like Mohan, have benefitted from this project. Thank you for your contribution.

Best Practices learnt during the project.

  1. A major challenge is connecting with the people that we are working to treat and educate, as well as gaining their trust.  The solution that we have used for this is to get our counselors from the areas in which they are working.  Thus, they know the areas, customs, dialects etc. of the slums they are working in.  This practice makes it much easier to gain the trust and respect of the communities that we are trying to serve.
  2. The major problem of treating TB is that the treatment takes over 6 months and must be done properly or default will occur and likely result in the often fatal Multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR) and Extensively-Drug-Resistant TB (XDR).  Thus, accessibility of centers is key. Operation ASHA has solved this problem with its innovative management of the supply chain by taking TB treatment to the doorsteps of the disadvantaged. It provides a dense network of treatment centers that are established within the community, e.g. in small shops, huts and in the premises of local health providers. They are open for long hours from early in the morning to late in the evening, allowing patients to procure the medicine conveniently without spending money on transport or losing wages.
  3. Another major challenge of TB treatment is making sure that patients and families understand the risks of defaulting.  Thus, OpASHA combines extensive education with our treatment, to both the patients and their families.  This treatment occurs not only at the beginning of our work with patients, but also if there are any problems or missed doses a counselor will give them educational reminders.
  4. A huge challenge of treating TB also lies in the stigma attached to it.  Employees often loose their jobs, and wives and children are often kicked out of the home.  Thus, OpASHA also acts as an advocate for its patients when necessary—appealing to employers, and families for the protection of the patients we treat.
  5. The other problem with the stigma is the reaction that people might have towards our patients if they are going to OpASHA clinics for treatment.  Thus our clinics and counselors are presented as offering additional services to the community.  The location of clinics is linked to temples, other health suppliers, etc. so that any patient entering our center does not have to fear being associated with the TB stigma.  Our counselors also offer other services, such as: food products, protein supplements, ORS, over-the-counter drugs, iron tablets for pregnant women, contraceptives for birth spacing, blankets, and much more.
  6. A final problem is in up keeping the quality of our services. To ensure the top service OpASHA practices rigorous quality control, and has established a robust feedback loop that involves government staff, WHO, and other nonprofits and community leaders.  Our counselors are also given incentive based salaries to ensure the lowest default rate and highest detection rate possible.