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Operation Asha

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, International, International Relief, Public Health

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.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Because of OpASHA people with TB are being treated and not spreading disease. The OpASHA model should be spread globally as a solution to providing TB treatment in poor communities.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Jane A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Because of OpASHA, people in the slums who would otherwise spread tuberculosis are receiving treatment.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Operation ASHA is doing very good services and fighting against T.B.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

operation asha is the best NGO in word poor public health care models

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is really a good initiative for the general needy public of India.

Such operations not only show the concern for contry but to Humanity as a whole.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Operation ASHA’s work is truly remarkable. I was very positively impressed by the work, the workers and drug supply procedures. May this serve as an inspiration to reach an even larger number of persons in need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Operation ASHA is the first nonprofit to introduce comprehensive counseling.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Operation ASHA is providing sufficient counseling to patients, families and communities.
Any person who displays symptoms of TB like recurrent fever or unexplained weight
loss is advised to undergo testing. Children are given prophylactic therapy.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5


Operation ASHA is eradicating TB from all over the world, although its focus right now is India and in Cambodia.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Operation ASHA is a nonprofits organisation, which is taking treatment for tuberculosis to the doorsteps of slum dwellers in India.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

SOMEBODY IS CHEATING HOW DO THEY GET ALMOST 100 REVIEW IN 1 DAY? WE WANT TO WIN BUT WE ARE NOT CHEATING

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Operation Asha has utilized the existing infrastructure (hospitals, diagnostic centers and medicine warehouses) mostly public, and connected it to the concerned communities establishing a pipeline to pump TB medicine and counselling to the most inaccessible areas and to the poorest of the poor. This pipeline can also be used to pump in all kinds of healthcare products and services like painkillers, over-the-counter drugs, vitamin tablets, iron supplements and nutritional products.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

OpAsha innovatively uses existing infrastructure (hospitals, diagnostic centers, medicine warehouses), mostly public and sometimes private, and sets up centers in close proximity to affected communities. It often seeks the help of government TB control officers in identifying challenging slum areas.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having virtually eliminated default, established a cost-effective and replicable model, OpAsha is expanding rapidly. It plans to serve a population of 70 million by 2013.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Research department of Microsoft has taken up development of bio-metric devices for OpAsha, to track each dose taken by each patient and further improve results.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

emerging as one of the best ngo's by theie service and trying to better their flaws,they are doing a good job!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

great ngo. has saved my brothers life and have helped us through this very tough period.one of the best in the field.they are god's people in the mission to help and cure people of TB

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5


Operation Asha is treating tuberculosis patients. It in taking the treatment to the doorsteps of the slum dwellers specially in Northern India. Its mission of eradicating TB from India is well moving ahead.

I am amazed at the kind of work operation Asha is doing for the down trodden. I have come to know about its working through one of my friends. Not only are the patients being treated, their daily dose is also recorded.
It is serving the most disadvantaged section of the society and fighting to eradicate tuberculosis.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Operation Asha has taken up one of the major health issues of our country. Most of the people are not aware of the treatment for tuberculosis but this NGO has come up with various views which are very appreciable.

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