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.

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.

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.

Carey, Johns Hopkins University, is creating and sharing knowledge that shapes business practices while educating business leaders who will grow economies and enhance their communities. Operation ASHA is running a collaborative project between academics from John Hopkins University, University of Maryland and University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. The project aims to understand how existing patients can help improve detection by motivating them with or without financial incentives.

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…

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.

The International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery (IPIHD), catalyzed by the World Economic Forum, formed as a result of the extensive research conducted by McKinsey which analyzed 30 innovators worldwide. IPIHD, in collaboration with investors, sponsors, industry, and innovators, actively seeks ways to overcome the key challenges in scaling innovations identified in the innovation research through four core programs; Networking & learning, business & organization, investment & funding and knowledge & research.