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...
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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Sep 30, 2014

Fulfilling a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment

Infographic: Women and NCDs
Infographic: Women and NCDs

A new mobile phone and web-based survey of 10,000 women – Insights from 10,000 Women on the Impact of NCDs – in 10 countries around the world shows that nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of women surveyed say someone in their household suffers from a Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) —heart disease, diabetes, cancer or chronic lung disease.

About 30% of the women in Brazil, India, Kenya, South Africa and Indonesia reported spending more than 25 percent of household income on NCD care.

“We believe this study will influence the global dialogue on NCDs in a post-2015 world. We urge policymakers to implement NCD programs and empower women to steer their families towards healthy living,” said Dr. Nalini Saligram, founder and CEO of Arogya World.

Arogya World made a Commitment to Action at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting to gather 10,000 women’s voices on the impact of NCDs with the partnership and support of Novartis, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, American Cancer Society, UNICEF, Population Services International, Abt SRBI and Jana.

The study report is being launched today at the 2014 CGI Annual Meeting. Click here for report. The 10 countries where women were surveyed include: Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

More key findings:

  • Caregiving has an impact on women’s economic status. Half of the women (49 percent) overall report they provide care for household members affected by NCDs, including six in 10 or more in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico and South Africa. Two in 10 women (21 percent) reported that providing NCD care limits or prevents their participation in the labor force.
  • Financial burden from NCDs is substantial, and a big drain on family resources. Nearly one-quarter of the women in our study spend more than 25 percent of their household income on NCDs, and 7 percent of women surveyed said that NCD treatment consumes more than half of their household’s income.
  • Obesity is the top health concern. Overall, one-quarter of all women said the single health issue they were most concerned about for their household was being overweight (26 percent). In Mexico—the most obese country in the world according to the UN—nearly half of women say they are most concerned about their household being overweight.

Says Ken Gaalswyk, Vice President, International Research, Abt SRBI, “Data will be critical in informing actions and interventions both locally and globally to mitigate the growing impact of NCDs in the years to come. We are pleased we were able to use our research know-how to implement this important survey across the globe, leveraging mobile and web technologies, key assets in health communications.”

Arogya World will work with all its partners and other global health organizations to take the 10,000 women’s voices to global health leaders and policymakers everywhere. Joining hands and lending their heft are two coalitions–the Task Force on NCDs and Women’s Health and the NCD Roundtable. Both are working with Arogya World to disseminate these and other important tools that will inform governments and civil society partners and help to shape a global response to NCDs. Preliminary results were shared with multiple stakeholders including leaders in global health and government, at an event held by Arogya World at the United Nations in July (http://arogyaworld.org/putting-women-ncds-agenda-united-nations/).

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