Operation ASHA - USA

Operation ASHA's vision is a world free of Tuberculosis. Operation ASHA USA has a mission to support bringing quality healthcare to the poorest people in developing countries. Operation ASHA, USA's board serves as a board of advisors to Operation Asha, India. They also hold events to raise money and awareness for tuberculosis projects around the world, and have supported Operation ASHA, India with grants related to ending tuberculosis in urban slums. Our Overarching Principles: Operation ASHA exists to serve its patients. Our all-encompassing philosophy is to improve the health of disadvantaged tuberculosis patients while at all times maintaining total transparency.

Operation ASHA - USA
P.O. Box A3883
Chicago, IL 60690
United States
773-497-4912
http://www.opasha.org

President

Dr. Shelly Batra

Management Team

Kyle Ortiz, Luan Vo

Board of Directors

Kevin Desharnais, Dan Reed, Shelly Batra, Mary Ann Dyar, Sandeep Ahuja, Yanis Ben Amor, Shashi Buluswar, Pradeep Chintagunta, Michael Traynor, Rob Webster., Kyle Ortiz, Luan Vo

Project Leaders

Sandeep Ahuja

Mission

Operation ASHA's vision is a world free of Tuberculosis. Operation ASHA USA has a mission to support bringing quality healthcare to the poorest people in developing countries. Operation ASHA, USA's board serves as a board of advisors to Operation Asha, India. They also hold events to raise money and awareness for tuberculosis projects around the world, and have supported Operation ASHA, India with grants related to ending tuberculosis in urban slums. Our Overarching Principles: Operation ASHA exists to serve its patients. Our all-encompassing philosophy is to improve the health of disadvantaged tuberculosis patients while at all times maintaining total transparency.

Programs

Operation ASHA USA provides financial and advisory support mainly but not limited to its partner organization Operation ASHA India, which operates in India, Cambodia and Vietnam. Through its partner, Operation ASHA USA is one of the largest non-profit provider of tuberculosis (TB) treatment in India. The unique model works at the grassroots level to bring health and economic benefits to disadvantaged communities. The first treatment centre opened in 2006. Today, there are over 214 centres in six Indian states (Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi) and in Cambodia that serve over 5 million people in nearly 2,500 slums and villages. Operation ASHA provides comprehensive counselling services and free TB treatment and education and to date have treated over 18,000 patients. Our Directly Observed Therapy, Short course (DOTS) treatment centres are established in convenient locations such as health clinics, religious centres, bus stops, and stores within disadvantaged communities. Patients can procure TB medication conveniently and discreetly without wasting time and money on transportation or losing wages from missed time at work. OpASHA works with the community by hiring and training respected community members with some education to serve as counsellors in our DOTS treatment centres. These counselors administer TB medication, ensure the rigorous 7-month treatment regiment is adhered to and completed, counsel patients and their families, and detect new TB cases in the community. In addition, counselors battle the stigma of TB that threatens the livelihoods, family acceptance and educational opportunities of their patients. To date, OpASHA's counselors have intervened to save the jobs of over 80 patients whose employers threatened to let them go, and persuaded 14 families to not abandon their TB sick family members. OpASHA works very closely with National TB Control Programs in both India and Cambodia. These provide OpASHA with free TB medication, physician consultations and diagnostic facilities. In India, OpASHA receives a financial grant from the government, which sustains each treatment center after two years of operation. Also, our organization represents developing countries on the Board of Directors of the Stop TB Partnership, an affiliate of the World Health Organization. OpASHA has also partnered with the Research Department of Microsoft to develop innovative biometrics terminals. By scanning the fingerprints of patients, counselors can easily track patient compliance and have reduced the potential for reporting errors. OpASHA has also partnered with the Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US to conduct randomized control trials. These trials assess the benefits of incentive versus fixed salaries for counselors. OpASHA's innovative model has achieved excellent results and has decreased the cost of treatment to US$30 per patient. Default rates are now as low as 3%, helping to prevent Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). OpASHA's model is an easily replicable, low-cost, and self-sustaining method for reaching disadvantaged communities with TB treatment. Our organization aspires to run 600 DOTS centres by 2014, which would serve a population of 70 million.

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