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.”
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
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
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Photograph (c) K. C. Ortiz
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.
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.
The Guardian, Dec 5, 2012: “Helping the medicine go down” by 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 Spread” by 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.
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
Photograph (c) Kieran Oudshoorn
Inside OpASHAWall Street Journal gives this year's Technology Innovation Award to Operation ASHA in the Health-Care IT category. “Operation ASHA uses grass-roots human effort, combined with fingerprint and computer technology, to ensure that disadvantaged patients take the full course of medicine. That's a crucial step in reducing the emergence of drug-resistant forms of TB.” Read detailed coverage of the awards here. It was also covered in The Wall Street Journal's print edition on 16th Oct.
BBC World News aired Operation ASHA on Sunday, Nov 25 in the program 'Keeping Safe', part of series Horizons, that explores "ideas and businesses that may succeed in tackling the planet's biggest challenges". BBC anchor interviewed Dr. Shelly Batra, President, about how Operation ASHA is using its innovative eCompliance technology to treat TB and to prevent fatal forms of Drug Resistant TB. To watch the video, click here.Operation ASHA successfuly completed the ‘Hope. Resilience. Courage.’ photography contest. This competition recognized the outstanding use of photography to tell compelling stories of courage from around the world. Check out the winning entry here.
From the President’s desk.“Welcome to India, the land of Gandhi and Mother Teresa. The country of 700 million mobile phones but not enough toilets. The country where starvation deaths do NOT make headlines, where slavery exists, where inspite of the economic boom and billions of $$ spent on health programs, the government has not been able to fulfill its promise to its citizens, of affordable, equitable, and accessible health care”, says Dr. Shelly Batra in her talk on Health for BOP in Pinnacle, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.Read a brief synopsis of her talk in her blog.
Total number of patients at OpASHA centers at the end of Oct 2012: 4206
Total new patients enrolled in the period Aug 2012 till Oct 2012: 2016
Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured: 1786
Note: All the photographs are (c) Prateek Ahuja
While the rain gods dance upon us, we will shower you with our updates.
Here in India, the power cuts gave Dr. Shelly Batra, President, Operation ASHA, time to ponder and put some life-instances on paper. She takes us back to her medical school days in her blog. Read the story of Potla, a 10-year old boy who was bedridden because of TB. Read how “A patch of blue” can offer hope and heal when all else fails.
And in the US, Kevin Desharnais, Chair of Board, Operation ASHA, USA, has decided to run The Bank of America- Chicago Marathon and raise funds for Operation ASHA. Read more about what inspired him, and help him turn this into a financial success! Every $50 raised will treat one patient and save a life. There is no minimum contribution, and you can choose to sponsor per mile or in a lump sum.
More updates from our team:
Total number of patients at OpASHA centers at the end of July 2012: 4071
Total new patients enrolled in the period May 2012 till July 2012: 2618
Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured: 1754
Impact till date
Following is the list of tangible impact made by OpASHA
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Total number of patients at OpASHA centers: 4071
Total new patients enrolled in the period Jan 2012 till April 2012: 2618
Note: All the photographs are (c) Kieran Oudshoorn
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