Operation ASHA

The mission of Operation ASHA is To eradicate TB from India, and To provide health care and supportive services to the most disadvantaged. The vision of Operation ASHA (OpASHA for short) is a tuberculosis free world. OpASHA provides comprehensive treatment, education, counseling and prevention of tuberculosis in urban slums. Having virtually eliminated default, established a cost-effective and replicable model, Operation ASHA plans to establish 600 DOTS centers by 2013.
Mar 24, 2015

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

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

Dr. Shelly receives cheque from Satyamev Jayate
Dr. Shelly receives cheque from Satyamev Jayate

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.

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May 22, 2014

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Dr. Shelly with a patient
Dr. Shelly with a patient

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.

Click here to read how Operation ASHA helped a female 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.

Picture from Cambodia
Picture from Cambodia

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