“Cost per patient (incurred by Operation ASHA) is 19 times less than the second nearest competitor.”

Joan Yo, Investment Manager, LGT Venture Philanthropy, Switzerland

Cost Effectiveness

This is an important reasons for the success of Operation ASHA’s model. For example, the cost of treatment of each TB patient for Operation ASHA is just $80 in India and $89 in Cambodia. In comparison, the cost of TB treatment in in a recent study was found to be $3,575 in South Africa (Kranze et al, PLoS Medicine, Aug 2012, Vol 9, Issue 8, e1001281).

KNO_5071 copyThe cost above is in addition to free medicines, hospital care, and diagnostic services, which are provided by governments in respective countries. Their value is nearly $115 per patient in India and $335 in Cambodia. It may be mentioned, to be transparent, that OpASHA spends substantial part of its expenses on salaries and program expenses for community workers and partners.

In India, the Government/Revised National TB Control Program also awards a grant for providing TB treatment and other services. The grant is usually received two years after work is started in an area. The grant covers nearly half of Operation ASHA’s costs of $80 per patient. This adds to financial sustainability.

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