Project Status: 
Active

The project aims to prevent and treat TB among 110,000 people living in urban slums. This is done through counseling, check-ups, treatment and supply of required medicines to the needy. 

 

Projected Outcomes include:

 

1. HEALTH BENEFITS:

 

a. 110,000 slum-dwellers in 12 slums educated about TB

b. 480 TB patients will be treated.

c. Spread of infection to 5760 persons will be prevented.

d. 4800 painkillers, 9600 antacids and 4800 antiemmetics will be distributed. 

 

2. LIVELIHOOD GENERATION: 8 persons (4 full time and 4 part time) from the slums will be employed 

 

3. ECONOMIC BENEFITS

 

a. Each treated patient earns Rs75,000 per annum.

b. For 6480 infections prevented, the Indian economy saves Rs 27million.

c. Op ASHA delivers Social Return on Investment of 11718%. For each rupee donated, the society gains Rs 117.

Rationale: 
OpASHA carries out a comprehensive education and counseling campaign to make the poor aware that TB is curable. OpASHA’s counselors carry out active case finding in their communities, ensuring that suspects are tested and diagnosed patients are treated fully, thus preventing the chain of spread. TB treatment has substantial economic benefits by restoring patients’ health and productivity. Each treated patient earns an extra Rs 6,000 a year. This is equivalent to an annuity of Rs 75,000 at a discount rate of 8%.Termination of the chain of infection saves the Indian economy Rs 60,000 in indirect expenses (Government of India). OpASHA’s pipeline distributes painkillers, antacids, antiemitics and food products.