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.
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”
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
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Photograph (c) K. C. Ortiz