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Organization Contact Information

Name: Operation ASHA
Street 1: P.O. Box A3883
Street 2:
City: Chicago
Province: IL
Post Code: 60690-3883
Country: United States of America
Phone: 773 733 0244
Organization Email:
Web Site:
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Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr.
First Name: Shelly
Last Name: Batra
Title: President
Phone: +919310398004

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mr.
First Name: Shashank
Last Name: Batra
Title: Chief Communication Officer
Phone: +919310005948

General Information

Board Constituency: Developed Country NGO
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
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Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Organization Description:
Operation ASHA is a registered non-profit that has taken TB treatment to the doorsteps of 5.48 million individuals living in disadvantaged areas. It operates in over 3,000 villages and slums in eight states spread across India and two provinces in Cambodia.

Our success is rooted in the way we have set up our treatment centers. The World Health Organization’s DOTS (Directly Observed Therapy, Short course) program requires patients to travel to a TB clinic and take the medicines under the supervision of a health worker. To make this possible for patients without easy access to transportation, centers are established in existing institutions such as health clinics, businesses, and religious centers within their communities.

Our eCompliance initiative has reduced drug default to less than 1.5%. We have used fingerprint readers to ensure the physical presence of patients at DOTS centers, and allow the illiterate to have access to TB treatment.
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Specializations / Areas of Work

Delivery of health services and care
Funding, including innovative and optimized approach to funding TB Care
Technical Assistance

Other Organization Information

Total number of staff in your organization: 100 +
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 100 +
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 100 +
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Involvement in TB control provision
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Resource mobilization
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
Operation ASHA signs MOU with India's Revised National Control Programme to provide treatment in urban, rural & semi urban areas. In exchange for this service, Operation ASHA is paid per patient cured.

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: India
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)


Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
Operation ASHA has focused on enhancing DOTS treatment with biometric technology. Each time a patient comes to a DOTS center, he or she scans his finger at the terminal, registering the attendance. If a patient misses a dose, a text message is sent out at the end of the day to notify the provider of the default. The provider will personally follow-up with the patient, reiterating the importance of DOTS treatment. This system efficiently focuses TB education on defaulting patients. For the first time, 100% DOTS adherence is a reality. To find out more about OpASHA's biometric program visit:

Drug-Resistant TB:
MDR- & XDR-TB have develop because of drug default. Operation ASHA brings reliable biometric tracking to ensure DOTS therapy is reliably adhered to. It's treatment centers penetrate deep into slum communities and rural villages, providing a location for patients to receive DR-TB medicines under the DOTS program.


Declaration of interests:
No conflicts of interest were delacred.

Application date: December 8, 2010
Last updated: January 15, 2014