Arogya World

Arogya World is a U.S. based non-profit organization committed to changing the course of chronic disease, one community at a time. The name of the organization is simply an articulation of our mission: Arogya in Sanskrit means good health. More literally it means to live a life without disease. Globally, we shine a spotlight on NCDs,non-communicable diseases, and advocate for disease prevention. Serving as a catalyst, our "small but mighty" organization is helping to mobilize world leaders and the public at large, including women, to ignite action against NCDs. In India, we focus our efforts on diabetes prevention through life-style changes in schools, workplaces and the community...
Feb 20, 2015

2,400 Children Learn How to Prevent Diabetes

Early last fall, Arogya World sent two trainers to Agastya's center in Kuppam (South India) to train 200 student leaders they had assembled from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades of local government schools on how to conduct the educational activities of Arogya World's two-year diabetes prevention schools program. All educational materials were translated into Kannada and Telugu (local South Indian languages) and made available for implementation.  
The trained student leaders then went to their own schools in Kuppam, Hubli, and the outskirts of Bangalore, all towns in South India, and implemented the programs (5 classroom-based activities) for their classmates over the course of the next six months. This 2-year program is designed to teach middle school children the basics of healthy eating and physical activity, with the goal of preventing diabetes.  
Much progress has been made (through mid-February 2015):  
- 600 students have completed the two-year program   
- 1,800 students have completed the first year of the program. (We will implement the second year of the program to the same 1,800 students next school year.)  
- Pre- and post-intervention questionnaires were filled out by all 2,400 students and data will be analyzed later this year.  
When the new school year begins, we will educate more middle-school children in South India, with Agastya, using our peer-leader led, classroom-based education model. Our goal is to educate 10,000 kids in 5 years by 2019. To date, approximately 5% of the children have completed the full program and an additional 20% of the children are halfway there.  
Jan 6, 2015

Celebrating a Great Year for Diabetes Prevention

What a year! Many thanks to all who have helped us achieve so much in 2014 to help prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases.

We spent more time on impact measurement this year. We believe we have helped more than 150,000 people lead healthier lives in India —gaining us recognition from the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), which highlighted Arogya World in their 10-year commemorative brochure and the Drucker Institute, which named us as a finalist for the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation.

We made great strides in mDiabetes. Analysis of data from our mDiabetes initiative revealed that at least 15 percent of the text message recipients in India adopted or maintained four healthy behaviors simultaneously: they reported they exercised regularly, ate 2-3 fruits/day, ate 2-3 servings of vegetables/day, and avoided fried food. In 2014, Arogya World also won its largest ever grant to date: $260,000 from Cigna Foundation for our mHealth2.0 program. We are fortunate and grateful to have such a great partner—one that extends support far beyond the financial. We have already begun work on the mHealth lifestyle intervention program with partners Emory University, Vignet, and Madras Diabetes Research Foundation.

Sep 30, 2014

Drucker Nonprofit Innovation Awards Finalists

We are honored to be one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. The award is given by the Drucker Institute, which is closely aligned with the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA. Arogya World was chosen for its mDiabetes program, a Clinton Global Initiative which spurs people to adopt healthier lifestyles through text messages.

Administered annually since 1991, the Drucker Award is granted to a social-sector organization that demonstrates Peter Drucker’s definition of innovation—change that creates a new dimension of performance. In addition, the judges look for programs that are highly effective and that have made a difference in the lives of the people they serve.

The winner will be announced later this month. The prize is $100,000, thanks to a generous grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation. In all, the Drucker Institute received 687 applications this year from nonprofits in 46 states and the District of Columbia. The annual budgets for these organizations ranged from less than $250,000 to well more than $10 million.

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