Stage 4: Transition to Scale
The objective of this grant is to carry out a large scale randomized control trial to establish the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the biometric identification system used by Operation ASHA (OpASHA). This system is known as eDOTS, and was developed in collaboration with Microsoft Research. A large-scale pilot that was completed recently, again in collaboration with Microsoft, and results were encouraging.
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India, Cambodia and Tanzania
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Lives Impacted to Date
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To establish the efficiency and cost effectiveness of a biometric identification system for TB patients.
How does your innovation work?
The pilot involved nearly 1,300 TB patients at 17 treatment centers with 9 counselors, and showed a reduction in the default rate to about 1%. The next step is more rigorous testing, which will occur through this project effort. The study will involve 200 DOTS centers and over 12,000 patients in India. OpASHA will collaborate with Poverty Action Lab – MIT/ University of Cape Town.
Planned Goals and Milestones
The trial aims to prove the effectiveness and low cost of eDOTS in comparison with competing technologies and conventional wisdom. Medicines for all TB patients will be provided for free under the national TB programs under existing agreements.