Operation ASHA president at 23rd World Economic Forum on East Asia

May 21-23, 2014: Dr. Shelly Batra was invited to attend 23th World Economic Forum on East Asia.


23rd World Economic Forum on East Asia was held in Manila, Philippines. The meeting served as an ideal platform for participants to deliberate the opportunities of the ASEAN Economic Community to promote greater inclusion across East Asia and to instill more resilient decision-making in the face of unpredictable economic and natural disruptions.

In March, Dr. Shelly Batra was chosen as Social Entrepreneur of the year 2014 by Schwb Foundation and World Economic Forum.


Post the prestigious recognition she was invited to 23rd World Economic Forum on East Asia at Manila as “discussion speaker” in the conference on “Improving access to healthcare”.


Dr. Shelly Batra, spoke about Operation ASHA’s innovative low cost model. She talked about how eCompliance can be replicated to ensure the adherence of treatment in any of the diseases. Discussions fetched lot of attention and delegates were curious to know more about Operation ASHA.

Operation ASHA President was invited to speak at Geneva Health Forum

April 15-17, 2014: Dr. Shelly Batra, President, Operation ASHA was invited to speak at Geneva Health Forum in April 2014


The Geneva Health Forum (GHF) is a global health conference coupled with an interactive, web based platform (the Global Health Forum Platform), which bring together multi-sectoral representation of global health players including front liners, catalysts, researchers and policymakers.


The conference was held on April 15-17, 2014. Dr. Shelly Batra, presented a paper on “Using Technology and Community Empowerment to Treat Tuberculosis”. Dr. Shelly’s paper generated widespread interest among the people attending the sessions.


Dr. Shelly was also requested to be a key note speaker in the event.

Operation ASHA showcased its work at WISH- QATAR

December 10 & 11, 2013: Operation ASHA presented its work at World Innovation Summit for Health.


The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) is a high-profile initiative that aims to promote and facilitate innovation in the delivery of healthcare around the globe. On 10 and 11 December 2013, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development launched the inaugural World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) at the Qatar National Convention Centre.


This event brought together governments, business leaders, academics, clinicians, new media pioneers and the third sector to help unravel some of the most pressing global health challenges that we face today. It was attended by world renowned dignitaries like Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Nobel Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, The Right Honourable Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham and various others.




















Operation ASHA was amongst the 15 most practical and innovative health solutions from around the world, chosen to represent their unique model at the Innovation Showcase at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH).
Operation ASHA’s unique methodology to ensure compliance by using a fingerprinting device was greatly appreciated by one and all.

Operation ASHA President invited as a Speaker at Global Innovation Roundtable 2013

November 18-19, 2013: Dr. Shelly Batra, President, Operation ASHA invited to speak at Global Innovation Roundtable 2013.


This conference was a Global Innovation Roundtable (GIR), a policy dialogue to outline a new paradigm of inclusive innovation.  Global Innovation Roundtable was organized by Dr. Sam Pitroda, Chair, The National Innovation Council, Government of India.


The Roundtable invited leaders of innovation from 50 Governments, as well as members from the business community and leading innovation experts. The key objective of the Global Innovation Roundtable 2013 was to explore the relatively less-charted road of broad-basing innovations to meet key development challenges and develop a paradigm for inclusive innovation.


Dr. Shelly Batra was a panelist on the panel on Innovation for Social Impact. Panel discussion and presentation held on November 18, 2013.


Dr. Shelly’s presentation and discussions generated widespread interest among Indians and the international community. OpASHA, with its unique health delivery system and new media and ICT platforms for innovation was hailed as an innovative systemic approach for driving innovations to serve the BOP. Dr. Shelly believes in learning from the best global models; and sharing the OpASHA learning with all others focused on last-mile delivery solutions.

Operation ASHA president with eminent filmmaker Mr. Shekhar Kapoor

November 18, 2013: Dr. Shelly Batra, President, Operation ASHA with filmmaker Mr. Shekhar Kapoor.


Dr. Shelly Batra discussed TB with eminent Film maker Mr. Shekhar Kapur, who chaired a panel at Global Innovation Roundtable 2013 organized by Dr. Sam Pitroda, Chair, National Innovation Council. Dr. Shelly Batra lauded Shekhar Kapur’s creative and artistic instincts, and requested that the next film he makes should be “not on Tudors and Lancastrians, but closer home, on TB patients.” Shekhar Kapur has agreed to meet early next year to discuss a commercial film on TB, one that will be economically successful but shall also carry the much needed social message.

Dr. Shelly with Shekhar Kapoor

Operation ASHA President nominated as SEOY India 2013 finalist

November 11, 2013: Dr. Shelly Batra, President, Operation ASHA nominated as Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 finalist


The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, organizes the SEOY India Award in association with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship every year. This was the 9th year of SEOY India awards.


This time SEOY India Awards received a record 209 applications. Through a five-stage selection process, the four finalists shortlisted after on-site visits, background research, reference checks and multiple rounds of deliberations.


The judges included Sudha Pillai, Member Secretary, Planning Commission, India; Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson and Editorial Director, HT Media, India; Harish Hande, Managing Director, SELCO Solar Light, India, and a Ramon Magsaysay Award winner for year 2011; Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Switzerland; Kavita Ramdas, Representative, Ford Foundation, India; Anshu Gupta, Founder and Director, Goonj, India, and last year’s winner of the award; and Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson, Arghyam Foundation, India


For the first time in the SEOY India Award, all the finalists were women social entrepreneurs, making this a special year.


Dr. Shelly Batra, President, Operation ASHA was one of the finalist. Other finalists were Breakthrough Trust (founded by Mallika Dutt), Mann Deshi Mahila Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation (founded by Chetna Vijay Sinha) and Yuva Parivartan/ Kherwadi Social Welfare Association (led by Mrinalini Kher and Kishore Kher).


An independent panel of pre-eminent judges met on 11 November to select the winner. The awards were conferred on same day in New Delhi at a high-level celebration, in the presence of Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram.


Here’s a link to the CNBC videos on work and impact of finalists including Operation ASHA: http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/special-videos/change-agents-social-entrepreneurthe-year-2013_986331.html

Dr. Shelly Batra receives certificate from Finanace Minister

Operation ASHA won an award under the category “Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Healthcare IT”

October 18, 2013: Operation ASHA won “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards 2013” under the category “Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Healthcare IT” Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Healthcare IT

Department of Hospital Administration, AIIMS, New Delhi and Centre for Health Systems Innovation, Oklahoma State University, USA, together organized an “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards 2013”.


This was held on October 19, 2013 at Jawaharlal Nehru Auditorium, AIIMS, New Delhi, and was attended by leading academicians, IT experts, Physicians and professors from across the globe.


Amongst all the entries submitted, 15 were shortlisted under the category “Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Healthcare IT”, and Operation ASHA was one of the finalists. In the conference, a brief Powerpoint of 5 minutes duration was presented on Operation ASHA’s innovative methodology, with focus on eCompliance.


Later on Operation ASHA won the first prize, which was awarded with a trophy and INR 100,000.

Operation ASHA President at Striking Poverty’s three week long online conversation on ICT Innovations

September 2013: Dr. Shelly Batra, President, Operation ASHA participated at online conversation of Striking Poverty on ICT innovations for enhancing Access to Medicines. 


Striking Poverty presents conversations about problems related to poverty and development, each with a specific “lens” or way of looking at innovations that address the issue. In the seventh conversation, the problem was “Access to Medicines,” and the lens was “ICT innovations.” It was a three-week, online conversation among three leading innovators:  Mandy Sugrue of mHealth AllianceDr. Shelly Batra of Operation Asha, and Dr John Munyu of KEMSA.


Each expert shared their innovative approaches to ensuring Access to Medicines.
Mandy Sugrue of mHealth Alliance shared a public-private partnership mPowering Frontline Healthworkers designed to improve child health by accelerating the use of mobile technology by millions of health workers in low-resource and rural communities.


Dr. Shelly Batra explained how eCompliance, the biometirc technology added to community empowerment, has shown outstanding results: reduced missed doses, prevention of data manipulation, digitized records, accountability and transparency, and remarkably improved the psyche of patients and health workers.


See the summary of conversation here.