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.
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
Feb 24, 2014

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

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

Use of eCompliance in Cambodia
Use of eCompliance in Cambodia

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Nov 25, 2013

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Dr. Shelly receives certi. from Finance Minister
Dr. Shelly receives certi. from Finance Minister

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.

Distribution of groceries to a poor tribal patient
Distribution of groceries to a poor tribal patient

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