I have seen first hand the work that Operation ASHA has done, visited their centers and talked with their CHWs and patients. By all means they are helping their communities to combat the TB epidemic at the greatest ease to the patients possible. Moreover, they are providing
Mission: Expand access to services and products of a high quality at affordable prices among disadvantaged communities worldwide with a focus on delivery of health services. We do this by providing the last mile connectivity, i.e. health service delivery at the doorsteps of the under-served.
Results: 1. 30,000+ TB patients treated in more than 3000 disadvantaged communities.
2. 5.86 million people educated about TB in India and Cambodia.
3. More than 10 MDR patients successfully treated.
4. 63 MDR-TB patients under treatment.
5. Supporting one XDR patient and one XXDR patient with medicines and protein supplements.
6. Distributed 570,000 painkillers, 780,000 antacid tablets, 315,000 antiemetic tablets, 240,000 iron tablets, 45,000 calcium tablets, 30,000 condoms, 12000 sachets of Oral Rehydration Salt, 3,500 packets of protein supplements, 5 tons of food and 4000 blankets.
7. 24 Female TB patients were provided vocational training to prevent them from being abandoned by families.
8. $150/year increased income through reinstated productivity from TB treatment (Govt. of India) equivalent to an annuity of $1,857. Thus, treated patients have benefited by a whopping $56 million.
9. $13,000 saved by economy for each person treated (Annual TB Report 2011: Govt. of India): Indian and Cambodian economies have saved $390 million.
10. 190 disadvantaged persons provided dignified sustainable full time work.
11. Income of 178 micro-entrepreneurs in disadvantaged localities, who work as partners of Operation ASHA enhanced substantially.
12. Social return on investment of 3217%. In other words, for every dollar invested, the society and the economy benefit by $32.17.
Target demographics: Disadvantaged TB patients
Geographic areas served: India and Cambodia
Programs: TB treatment and affordable high quality health services to disadvantaged people at their door steps.
I have seen first hand the work that Operation ASHA has done, visited their centers and talked with their CHWs and patients. By all means they are helping their communities to combat the TB epidemic at the greatest ease to the patients possible. Moreover, they are providing jobs to slum dwellers to work as CHWs. These CHWs are having outstanding impact and are making more money than they normally would be able to coming out of the slums -- all while giving back to their communities. Great work, I highly recommend OpASHA to all.
The work which Operation ASHA is doing is just amazing. As most of the poor in India and Cambodia lack health care services. Both of the countries are in 22 most high burden countries with TB. Operation ASHA is contributing a lot through it's really scalable, innovative and low cost model
I had a poor experience with the management in India. After expressing interest in volunteering they responded very unprofessionally, ordering me to speak with them at certain times and giving no consideration of my schedule. After rearranging my schedule on several occasions to talk with them they abruptly told me nothing was available. It was very disappointing to volunteer only to be treated so rudely.
OpAHSA has a very interesting and successful model for providing TB medications to people in India who would otherwise either not get medication or would not take their medications regularly. Not taking TB medication regularly leads to multi-drug resistant TB, which, when it spreads is an even bigger public health problem. Specifically OpASHA is able to check compliance with medication by using fingerprints to document that persons have shown up to take their medication and directly observating them taking their medication. Although very resource intensive, OpAHSA has local health workers who can go and find persons who do not show up to take their medications and then get their medications to them.