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Sep 7, 2016

12 year old Annie wants to be a nurse

 Dear Friend, 

12 year old Annie has stars in her eyes. She wants to be a nurse and help people. She’s bright and happy now, a star student, a loving child standing on the brink of teen-hood and discovery.

But this was not always so. 3 years back, Annie developed a hacking cough, which very soon metamorphosed into a condition where every breath was painful and every step required a huge effort. Her body wasted away. She became pitifully thin. She was unable to eat, and could barely able to swallow a few teaspoonfuls of gruel every day. 

Someone in the neighborhood connected her to Operation ASHA’s health workers. Immediately, our machinery swung into action. Annie was diagnosed with MDR TB, a form of Tuberculosis where conventional drugs don’t act. She was put on second line drugs, which included daily painful injections for 180 days. Annie’s mother, Mariam, displayed exemplary courage in these difficult days. She did not lose hope. And all the time, our field workers were there for Annie and her family, to provide love and support, to guide them thru difficult times, and to take care of the million problems that would come up as a side effect of the medication.

Treatment lasted for full 2 years and there were many setbacks, but today Annie stands tall. She has a brave smile on her face. And she has taken her decision. She will study hard and go thru nursing college, so she can help others in turn.

And this is why I am able to work. My life hasn’t been easy either. Like all others in the world, I’ve had health issues, financial troubles, and personal challenges. Its patients like Annie who keep me going. For a physician, the happiest moment is when a patient recovers. That’s all that matters. And that’s what keeps me going.

There are millions of Annie’s in this world. Thousands are not diagnosed. Thousands face discrimination. Children are neglected, left to suffer, to die, if they have Tuberculosis. Children lose their childhood because of TB. But Annie’s story gives us hope.

With your support, we can do so much more for them, and give them health and happiness and a chance to pursue their dreams.

Donation Utilization:
This quarter Operation ASHA raised $301. 

Thank you


Jun 10, 2016

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Dear Friend,

You will be delighted to know that the Lancet has published an article on Operation ASHA's innovative methodology, authored by Prof Ravi Anupindi and Prof Prashant Yadav of Ross school of Business, University of Michigan, and Prof Madhukar Pai, McGill University. Click here to access it. 

Also, the Huffington Post published Dr Shelly batra’s blog entitled “Technology: Killer or savior?” where she gave her views on how technology can, and must, be used for social good, and not for perpetrating war, terror and hatred. Click here to read it. 

Shelly was also invited to Oxford UK in mid April this year by the Skoll Foundation to participate in an event entitled “Beyond Dialogue: Building Sustainable and Inclusive Business Models in Partnership with Social Entrepreneur.” Operation ASHA generated a lot of interest among industry leaders, foundations, and civil society and government representatives.

Work goes on with greater momentum, and this year we hope for more partnerships, more work, greater impact, and I thank you with all my heart for your unswavering support.

Donation Utilization:

This quarter Operation ASHA raised $286.44. 

Thank you

Mar 15, 2016

Treating 3500 poor TB patients in India & Cambodia

Dear Friend,

This year has started with great accolades. Dr Shelly Batra was invited by the World Economic Forum to attend its Annual Summit at Davos in January 2016. This was a brilliant gathering of all who’s who from across the globe. No doubt this one invitation added greatly to our credibility and strength. But we believe that with recognition comes greater responsibility, and now our resolution is to accelerate our work with greater determination and courage, in order to expand our model to many more geographies. We shall move to more action, better results, higher impact.

Read Dr Shelly’s blog in Huffington post on her Davos experience:

And we are proud and humbled by our work. We have taken great strides in Cambodia, where we have trained more than 3000 people from remote villages as Community health Workers. These foot soldiers carry out TB detection and provide doorstep delivery of TB medicines to patients living in villages and far-flung areas, thus ensuring health and economic stability, and preventing the menace of Drug Resistance.

Drug resistance continues to be one of the biggest challenges. We prevent this by using eCompliance, the fingerprint technology to monitor every dose taken, and slowly but surely, eCompliance is becoming the gold standard for TB care. Our eCompliance has been replicated ASPAT, an NGO in Peru, by the name SisBiotic, to targets Peru’s TB high treatment abandonment rate. Aspat Peru received the Kochon award at the UNION conference in Cape Town last year, which is awarded annually by the Stop TB Partnership to individuals and/or organizations that have made a significant contribution to combating TB.

Work continues, and better than before. Each successive year makes us more determined. It is your unswavering and enduring support has helped us stay on this long and difficult path. If not for you, there would be no ‘going to scale’. If not for you, millions would still be dying of a curable disease. I thank you with all my heart.

Donation Utilization:

This quarter Operation ASHA raised $466.

Click here to read about Anita, mother of 3, battling tuberculosis.

Thank you.

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