Life is challenging. The path we have chosen is fraught with difficulties. But we have succeeded against odds. Operation Asha is going from strength to strength. And we have to thank you for your support, good wishes and blessings.
In Cambodia, our innovation garners government support
We developed 24 ecounselling videos to support patients and their families in their path to recovery. These are animation videos which cover all aspects of Tuberculosis (TB), how does it happen, how to prevent it from spreading, why adherence is important and so on. These videos also address issues of stigma and discrimination. Early this year, these videos were translated in Khmer and inaugurated in Phnom Penh in a glittering function attended by senior government officials, the Indian Ambassador, representatives of hospitals and NGOs, and the media. The Director of the National TB Control Programme of Cambodia formally inaugurated the videos and gave a resounding speech that met with applause and cheers and foot thumping appreciation. He went on to say that he desires every health worker in the Government and from every hospital to use these videos to counsel the patient and the family is in a comprehensive manner.
The Director also inaugurated Knight Wolf, the educational comic book created with support from our donors & well-wishers. The comic book generated a lot of excitement both amongst children who had TB and also children of TB patients. Thousands of comic books are being printed and distributed to children in Cambodia.
We set our foot in Zambia
Following the visit of a 3 member team from Zambia, we have entered into collaboration with the local NGO for implementation of our technology and the entire model. The National TB Program in Zambia has also offered full support. This will help us reach many more TB patients in Africa
- Our technology - 'eCompliance Suite' has been featured in Siemens Stiftung's Empowering People Network! They write about how it provides end to end TB services like detection, counselling and adherence to the treatment protocol. However, it is not limited to TB. It has been used by pharmaceutical company Baxter to track adherence to the treatment protocol of haemophilia. It has been used by Columbia University in Telangana to identify chronic absentees and thus improve school attendance via follow-ups. It has also been used by the Karnataka government to provide nutritional packets to pregnant women. Its possibilities for customization are limitless.
- Our President, Dr Shelly Batra, was invited to Geneva to showcase our work during the World Health Assembly. This was during a breakfast session organized by USAID and General Electric. Dr Batra demonstrated how we extensively use technology to improve results and outcomes in tuberculosis. She showcased eCounselling, the animation videos that we use to deliver vital information on all aspects of TB, and eCompliance, the world famous biometric technology to monitor every dose taken and prevent Drug Resistant TB. Our work generated a lot of interest among Delegates from across the world, including Researchers, NGOs, Corporates, and even high level Government Officials.
- Our CEO, Mr Sandeep Ahuja, was invited to represent Operation ASHA at a networking workshop by Siemens Foundation in Cairo, Egypt.
- Our President Dr Shelly Batra was recently in Lavaur, France. She was invited as a speaker at the 2019 Global South eHealth Observatory Conference, organised by Fondation Pierre Fabre. This year the focus of the conference was on "Capacity Building & Data Sharing for Efficient and Sustainable e-Health". Dr Batra explained that how Operation ASHA's unique model of technology provides real time accurate data to monitor the day to day work and calculate the results efficiently. This makes us very cost effective, helps us to serve the poorest of the poor, save thousands of lives and thus sustainable.
A 19 year old young girl lives in Chauhan Colony, Bhiwandi. There are three other members in her family, her parents and one elder brother. Her father is a rickshaw puller. She is pursuing her B.A. second year. She got infected with TB and started her treatment from a private clinic. She continued the treatment for five months but there was no improvement in her health condition. This affected her studies as she could not attend her college and her other daily work as well.
One day, our Provider- during her routine visit for Active Case Finding, visited this girl's community and identified her as symptomatic. Based on her symptoms, the provider asked the girl to get tested. She refused and shared her past experience of getting so many tests done, swallowing so many medicines, but nothing worked. Our Provider somehow managed to convince her for getting tested. Her sputum sample was tested negative but TB was diagnosed through x-ray. The test result was positive and she was detected with pulmonary negative TB. Although, she was detected with TB but still she was not ready to take medicines because of her past experience.
Our Provider tried to convince her and assured her that if she would take medicines as per the guidance of our Provider, she will be definitely get cured. This young girl soon started her treatment with Operation ASHA. Our Provider registered her on eCompliance in May and counseled her along with her family members. During the counselling she asked a lot of questions. Our Provider gave answers of each and every question which helped her to understand all the aspects of TB and its treatment. After undergoing video counselling, she felt very confident and relaxed and took her first dose with Operation ASHA. She said that she didn’t know so many things about TB which she came to know only after counselling and interacting with our Provider. She confirmed that she would follow every suggestion of our Provider and will complete her treatment. She said, “I believe that with you I can get cured and can continue my studies.”
Now it’s been around 3 months, she is taking the medicine properly. Her health is improving and she is feeling better now. She has started going to her college to complete her studies. She wants to become a teacher. Attachments: