Treating 3500 Poor TB Patients in India & Cambodia

 
$64,969
$35,030
Raised
Remaining
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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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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Sandeep Ahuja

New Delhi, Delhi India

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