Since 2005, we’ve blended the World Health Organization’s standard treatment model, DOTS, the Government of India’s resources, and our community-based approach to create a uniquely innovative and effective model for treating TB in urban slums and rural-poor communities. Experts in the field and well-known publications worldwide have noted our model’s success. Just see our Testimonials page, or OpASHA in the News, to read about who’s been talking about us.
Whether treating TB in urban India, or in rural Cambodia, we follow the World Health Organization-approved DOTS model (Directly Observed Therapy, Short-course). Standardized in 1993, the model recommends that every patient takes medication under the supervision of an observer. This ensures that each patient undergoing treatment completes the 6-month course, a crucial step in preventing the patient from developing MDR-TB, a more virulent and dangerous form of tuberculosis. The majority of tuberculosis treatment organizations worldwide now follow the DOTS regimen. We’ve taken the DOTS model two steps further:
1) We’ve taken DOTS treatment centers into the heart of the slums, rather than have patients travel to government hospitals or other clinics far away from home. With our model, patients can walk around the corner to receive treatment, making it much easier for them to adhere to their treatment schedule. Simply by placing our centers close to our patients’ homes, we’ve been able to reduce the number of patients who skip doses on a given day to less than 3 percent.
2) We’ve also developed eCompliance, a technology meant to enhance the DOTS tuberculosis treatment model. This monitoring system, now established in 139 of our centers, has reduced the percentage of patients who fail to finish treatment to 3.1 percent.
In short, our model incorporates the most up-to-date methods for patient treatment, making our clinics some of the most efficient in the world. Click through this section to learn more about what we do and who we are.