fingerprint scanner and TB

An OpASHA counselor using biometric technology to track a patient's tuberculosis treatment

 

Namaste from New Delhi!  My name is Avani Parekh-Bhatt, I’m a 2012 iCats fellow from the United States, placed in New Delhi India in a wonderful organization called Operation ASHA. Operation ASHA (OpASHA)  brings tuberculosis treatment to the doorstep of the disadvantaged using an innovative model  providing treatment, counseling, education, and supportive services to tuberculosis patients in India and Cambodia. OpASHA’s work is so interesting because they’ve revolutionized the way this “poor people’s disease” is treated – by tracking patient’s adherence to the strict medicine protocol through the use of fingerprint scanners.

Tuberculosis is a CURABLE disease – but those that die from do so because they don’t receive treatment in a timely manner, OR they fail to adhere to the strict treatment schedule, they perish.  As an introduction to the work that OpASHA is doing, we have a short video we’d love to show you.

If you click on this link, you’ll see a three minure presentation that might just bring tears to your eyes, Learn more about what we do here: Operation ASHA: Ending Tuberculosis in Disadvantaged Communities

If we maintain first place, we can win $10,000, allowing us to treat 300 people suffering from this debilitating disease.

More on me and why I am here in another post. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Signing out from hot and dusty Delhi,

Avani