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.
operation asha combines quality control, innovative technology and aggressive cost containment to create an create an effective model for tuberculosis treatment that empowers urban slum communities to take charge of their on health .