Operation ASHA thrives in developing and maintaining partnerships. An important partner is MIT through its Poverty Action Lab. They are performing an independent evaluation of OpASHA′s model, including cost effectiveness and benefits to patients. Another important partner is Microsoft Research. We have developed a system of biometric devices to track patients′ treatment, and installed these devices at every center in South Delhi in collaboration with Microsoft′s research department. The system, called eCompliance, has been recognized as an innovative use of technology in the fight against tuberculosis. Find out more about our many partners below:
Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, Govt. of India (RNTCP) provides medicines, diagnostics and physician’s services for the all patients registered with Operation ASHA. The government also provides a cash grant compensating OpASHA for each patient successfully treated two years from the treatment center’s establishment. Thus, after two years, each center becomes self-sustaining, and requires no additional funding from OpASHA or external donations.
United States Agency for International Development, USAID for short (With a Stage 2 grant from DIV) is funding a large scale randomized control trial to establish the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the biometric identification system used by Operation ASHA in preventing drug-resistance. This will be achieved by lowering missed doses and enhancing compliance during the long and tedious treatment regimen for TB.
Ministry of Health provides medicines, diagnostics and physician’s services for the all patients registered with Operation ASHA in Cambodia. Operation ASHA works closely with CENAT in Phnom Penh which is the National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control and is responsible for running the National Tuberculosis Program.
The mission of Chicago Harris is to understand and influence public policies—both through research and by preparing talented individuals to become global leaders and agents of social change. Students from Harris School are currently working with Operation ASHA to evaluate TB models in India.
International Finance Cooperation (IFC) is an international organization and a member of the World Bank Group whose mission is to promote sustainable private sector investments in developing countries and thus to reduce poverty and improve peoples’ lives. Operation ASHA was one of the awardees in the India Development Marketplace 2011 which was jointly organized by IFC and the World Bank Institute. They chose to support the replication of OpASHA’s innovative and sustainable model in Jaipur.
Poverty Action Lab: Researchers at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are currently conducting two embedded experiments on Operation ASHA’s model using randomization methodology. Read More…
Eli Lilly and Company is a global pharmaceutical company based in Indianapolis, Indiana in the U.S. Eli Lilly funds Operation ASHA’s work in Delhi and Gurgaon.
The Stop TB Partnership, housed by the World Health Organization and composed of 1000 partner organizations, was established in 2000 to eliminate tuberculosis as a public health problem. Operation ASHA was recently elected to the Coordinating Board of the Stop TB Partnership, representing all NGOs working in TB control from the developing world.