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Operation Asha

Operation Asha provides last mile tuberculosis treatment in the slums of India and in Cambodia.


Investee Operation Asha, founded 2005
Location India, Cambodia
Sector Health
Funding period 2009-2013
Funding type Grant




  • Tuberculosis (TB) claims three lives every minute globally - one life every minute in India alone, where 3.5 million of the world's 13 million TB patients live
  • TB is associated with a social stigma: children drop out of school due to their own or their parents’ infection, while women are abandoned by their families
  • Although easily treatable with limited resources, a scarcity of reachable treatment centers results in high default rates, causing relapse and increased drug resistance


Operation Asha utilizes existing infrastructure such as temples and kiosks in order to establish a dense network of treatment centers which provide TB patients with their medication. The costs of USD 25 per patient are covered by the WHO. Being run at high-traffic community locations, patients have only a 10-minute walk to the nearest center. Extended opening hours allow patients to integrate the visit to the center into their daily routine and thus successfully complete the 6-month treatment.

Impact depth

Operation Asha has lowered the default rate of the treatments by 40-60 times, increased detection of TB patients by 80%, achieved a treatment success rate of 90% and reduced the death rate to 3%.

Reach 2009 2010; 2011 2012 2013e 2014e
# of centers India/ Cambodia 40 89 179/8 209/46 380/101 500/137
# of enrolled patients India/ Cambodia 3'000 5'000 6'430/250 7'922/2'228 10'000/4'545 17'000/6'165
# of infections prevented India/ Cambodia 32'000 60'000 77'160/1'900 95'064/26'736 120'000/54'540 204'000/73'980