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.
Aug 26, 2013

Treating 3500 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

Mr. Sandeep Ahuja receiving Public Service Award
Mr. Sandeep Ahuja receiving Public Service Award

This summer, the University of Chicago (UofC) bestowed its Public Service Award to their outstanding alumnus Mr. Sandeep Ahuja, CEO and Co-founder of Operation ASHA. Sandeep has led Operation ASHA as CEO since 2006. His sharp business acumen has earned praise and created a cost-effective method of treating tuberculosis and delivering other products to the disadvantaged.

“The Public Service Award honors those alumni who have fulfilled the obligations of their education through creative citizenship and exemplary leadership in service in ways that benefit society and reflect credit on the University” said a press release issued by the University.

The award ceremony took place on June 8, 2013 in Chicago. After the impressive ceremony, Sandeep was mobbed by well wishers, who were eager to know more about him & Operation ASHA.

Inside OpASHA

To commemorate 100 years of innovation, Rockefeller’s Centennial initiative looks ahead to the development of innovative approaches to address the global shocks and deepening stresses of the 21st century. They came up with a four-part series that explores the role of using an innovative network model to source new solutions to pressing problems. They spoke with Dr. Shelly Batra to learn how Operation ASHA, builds and leverages networks to create impact.

They wrote a blog named “Leveraging Networks to Create Impact” to show how Operation ASHA is transforming the way tuberculosis (TB) treatment is delivered—and winning the battle against drug-resistant TB as a result.

In fact, The Rockefeller Foundation named Operation ASHA as one of its top '100 Next Century Innovators' as part of its centennial celebrations and it is featured on their website with the title “Digital Identification for TB management”

Other media mentions

International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery, July 22, 2013: “Worried about the spread of TB? Me,too. Here is one solution” by Anne Katharine Wales

Civil Society Online, June, 2013: “A World Bank bazaar” by Arjun Sen      

Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH): Member spotlight, June, 2013: “Operation ASHA: Delivering “last mile” in service delivery”      

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, May 30, 2013 “The urban poverty paradox: It’s good for you. Why won’t you do it?” by Urvashi Prasad

The Times of India, May 26, 2013: “Biometric way to tame Tuberculosis”

Project Report

Performance

Total number of patients at centers till July 2013: 3594

Total new patients enrolled in the period May 2013 till July 2013: 2002

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured in the period May 2013 till July 2013: 1243

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.

Photograph (c) K. C. Ortiz

Our beneficiaries
Our beneficiaries

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May 28, 2013

Treating 3500 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

OpASHA
OpASHA's strategy replication in Uganda

Operation ASHA strategy replicated in Uganda

This World TB Day, researchers at Columbia University reported their results about replication of Operation ASHA’s strategy in Ruhirra, Uganda.
The article quotes, "The results in Ruhiira are a staggering improvement....The eCompliance compliance system was implemented in July 2012; since then, 31 patients have been enrolled in the system, none of those patients have been lost to follow-up, and none have died". Because of integration of eCompliance, along with adoption of other elements of our strategy, the death rate has reduced from 16% to Zero.
Read the full article in Huffington Post, written by Dr Yanis Ben Amor and Sarah Snidal: “Harnessing new technologies to tackle an old disease.”

Inside OpASHA

Operation ASHA recently won an award by The India Development Marketplace (DM) funded by the World Bank Group (WBG) to extend and scale up its innovative model in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand. Watch Dr. Shelly Batra’s interview by World Bank: “Operation ASHA: A Development Marketplace Snapshot”

Onno Ruhl, the Country Director of the World Bank in India visited Operation ASHA’s TB treatment centre last month to see the work & impact of Operation ASHA’s model. After the visit Mr Ruhl wrote a blog entitled, “The Last Mile, at Last?” This is part of the series “End Poverty in South Asia” on the website of the World Bank.

In his blog Mr Ruhl states that he “was fascinated: If Operation ASHA’s model could be rolled out everywhere where there is TB, we could stop Multi-Drug-Resistant TB and save so many lives! 

What Operation ASHA does is literally to deliver the elusive last mile in service delivery, the mile that lies in between well-intended government programs and results on the ground. And they do it with relentless focus and incredible efficiency. What if we could develop Operations ASHA for other problems as well? 90% efficiency and 19 times cheaper? It would be incredible!

Other media mentions

Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, March 28, 2013: “Informal Health Providers Treating TB Are Here to Stay, So How Do We Work with Them?” By Gina Lagomarsino 

Reuters, March 23, 2013: “India turns to technology in TB battle”

Financial Times, March 21, 2013: “Epidemic fears: India faces drug resistant strains” by Ame Kazmin

Voice of America, Feb 23, 2013: “In India, fighting TB with Fingerprints” by Aru Pande 

Project Report

Performance

Total number of patients at centers till April 2013: 3538

Total new patients enrolled in the period Feb 2013 till April 2013: 1884

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured in the period Feb 2013 till April 2013: 1704

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.

Photograph (c) K. C. Ortiz

Our beneficiaries
Our beneficiaries

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Feb 27, 2013

Treating 3500 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

Dr. Shelly Batra quoted in TIME Magazine
Dr. Shelly Batra quoted in TIME Magazine

Dr. Shelly Batra, President, Operation ASHA (Twitter: @shells1857) was quoted by TIME Magazine (issue dated 4th March,2013) in the article "Drugs Don't Work" by Krista Mahr. Discussing about the horrors of Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Dr. Batra says, "We are on the brink of another epidemic, and it has no treatment. If TDR spreads, we will go back to the Dark Ages"

The Associated Press covered Operation ASHA in their story “India wages hi-tech war on Ancient TB Scourge”, written by Ravi Nessman. This article was published in more than 42 leading newspapers and blogs all over the world, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Huffington Post and Boston Globe. Read full article here.

Inside OpASHA

In Cambodia, we recently started operations in another Operational District (OD). Now we work in a total of 5 ODs.In Western OD, Phnom Penh, a pilot project has also been initiated in partnership with Pagodas (religious places) to target the older populations in the district.

Check our quick-facts page for quarterly updates on our operations and expansion.

Media mentions

The Guardian, Dec 5, 2012: “Helping the medicine go downby Caspar van Vark

Microsoft Research , Dec 03, 2012: “Battling Tuberculosis Through Microsoft Technology

Discovery News, Nov 29, 2012: “Excellent Idea of the  day: TB Tracker Halts Disease’s Spreadby Jesse Emspak

My Space, My Odyssey

DR-TB is one of the leading preventable causes of untold misery, great suffering, and back-breaking poverty & economic loss to those who are already living below poverty line.” Dr. Shelly Batra writes about Challenges of Drug resistant TB (DR-TB). Read her blog here.

Project Report

Performance

Total number of patients at centers till Jan 2013: 3839

Total new patients enrolled in the period Nov 2012 till Jan 2013: 1784

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured in the period Nov 2012 till Jan 2013: 1826

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.

Photograph (c) Kieran Oudshoorn

Door-to-door counselling for TB patients
Door-to-door counselling for TB patients

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