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Arogya World

Changing the course of chronic disease

Spring House, PA   |  www.arogyaworld.org

Mission

Arogya World is a U.S. based non-profit organization (501(c)(3)), that has been working for the last decade to create a world without diseases. We have focused on preventing noncommunicable diseases (NCD) through health education and lifestyle change in India, where the NCD burden is extremely high. Since 2010, Arogya World has educated more than 6 million people on healthy habits and lifestyle change, and aims to reach ten times that number in the next decade. Our mission is reflected in our name: “Arogya” in Sanskrit means to live a life without disease.

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Dr. Nalini Saligram Ph.D.

Main address

1121 North Bethlehem Pike Suite 60, Number 189

Spring House, PA 19477 USA

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EIN

27-2091051

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which include heart disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung diseases, and mental health, are the leading cause of death worldwide. Arogya World focuses its work in India, where the NCD burden is massive – 20% of the population has one NCD, 10% more than one, and NCDs account for 63% of all deaths. Additionally, more than 72 million Indians are living with diabetes, which they develop ten years earlier than in the West, often in their 30s and 40s. The economic impact is devastating –25% of a poor Indian family's income is spent on diabetes care for one person. Furthermore, India is a young country with half the population under age 25 and two-thirds under age 35, which means that as the population begins to age, the already crowded public health agenda in the country is going to become even more complicated with the NCD crisis. Arogya World works to address this burden through scientifically-backed, thoughtfully-designed prevention programs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Healthy Workplaces

Workplaces have long been validated as platforms for wellness advancement and chronic disease prevention through the work of the WHO, many U.S.-based workplace wellness programs, insurance companies, and the World Economic Forum. Through our pioneering Healthy Workplace efforts in India, Arogya World is making a sound investment in public health and global development. We are working with 165 companies in India (reaching 3.3 million employees).

Population(s) Served
Adults

Behavior change—getting people to increase physical activity and improve dietary intake is the prime challenge in diabetes prevention. To be effective, we must reach young children before their lifestyle habits are fully established.

Our school-based programs are at the core of our offerings. We believe they will be extremely effective in establishing a lifelong respect for exercise and healthy eating.

So far we have reached more than half a million children and intend to reach more. Due to COVID, our program is now digitized as well, which has allowed us to expand our reach even further.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Arogya World reached more than 1.7 million people from all over India with text messages in 12 languages about diabetes and its prevention, and has tested the program’s effectiveness in bringing about behavior change known to prevent diabetes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

MyThali is a a nutritional program that empowers Indians (in urban and rural India) to eat healthier food. It addresses the most common challenge to healthy eating: people are confused about what to eat and in what quantities. It teaches people about the importance of Poshan (good nutrition) and Portion.

Inspired by the US MyPlate approach, we translated India’s National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) guidelines into an easy-to-follow picture. India’s diversity in food preferences – between North (roti-based) and South India (rice-based), vegetarians and non-vegetarians, and vast rural and urban differences – made it really challenging to develop a picture of a universal MyThali, but we were able to develop this critical tool. We also have a urban and rural versions of the program.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of middle school students improving health-related attitudes and behaviors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Preteens, People of South Asian descent

Related Program

Healthy Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through our Healthy Schools program, we have used interactive curriculum to educate over 750,000 children on the basics of healthy living. In response to COVID-19, the program was fully digitized.

Number of people who have been educated on Healthy Eating Habits and a Healthy Lifestyle

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Adolescents, Older adults, People of South Asian descent

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since our inception, through our low-cost, science-based prevention programs, we have educated more than 12.5 million people in India on the benefits of healthy eating habits and lifestyle.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Arogya World's mission is to reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases in India. This is accomplished through our science-based programming that focuses on prevention of NCDs through health education and lifestyle change. Prevention is at the core of all our work because there is compelling clinical evidence that NCDs are largely preventable – the World Health Organization reports that 80% of heart disease, 80% of diabetes, and 40% of cancers can be prevented with three lifestyle changes: eating healthy food, exercising, and avoiding tobacco.

Arogya World follows a population-level “Doorstep Health Model” to prevention. This multi-pronged community approach makes prevention accessible by taking it to people where they live, learn, and work. Arogya World has already impacted over 6 million people in India and aims to reach 50 million people by 2026.

Arogya World's strategy to combat the urgent and important problem of NCDs is to take prevention to people where they live, learn, and work (our "Doorstep Health Model"). We implement low-cost, science-based prevention programs that have shown proof of concept and are highly scalable. Our key India-based programs are helping India meet its Sustainable Development Goal #3 (good health and well-being) commitment:

• Healthy Schools - a two-year, middle school-based program being delivered across India. This program focuses on teaching students ages 11-14 the basics of healthy living and includes a pre and post-survey to measure the program's impact. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the curriculum has been fully digitized. Over 750,000 children have received this programming.
• mDiabetes - a mobile messaging program that sends text messages about diabetes and its prevention. Through this groundbreaking effort, over 56 million messages have reached >1.5 million people.
• Healthy Workplaces - a program aimed at advancing workplace health by recognizing companies for excellence in workplace health. To date, 185 companies in India have earned recognition as Healthy Workplaces, spanning 3.3 million employees.
• MyThali - a nutritional program that empowers Indians in both urban and rural India to eat healthier food in appropriate portions. has reached over 50 million Indians since its inception.

Arogya World is well-positioned to meet our goals. Our strengths, which will aid us in reaching these goals, include:

1. Well-designed and proven programs - Prevention is at the core of all our work. We have established our public health programs in India and through our "Doorstep Health Model," we are brining prevention to Indians throughout the community - in schools, workplaces, and through text messages. Our programs, which are based on science and behavior change theory, have shown proof of concept and are now in aggressive scale up mode. Each program is scientific, cost-effective, scalable, innovative and easy to implement. Our programs have reached over 6 million people to date.

2. Strong partnerships - We collaborate with many well-trusted nonprofit, private, and government entities both in India and the United States who aid us in funding and delivering our programming. These partnerships lay a strong foundation for us to continue to expand our reach.

3. Exceptional talent - All our programs are run by highly competent and experienced staff, who are passionate about this important cause and bring their expertise to propel the mission forward. The Board of Directors provides tremendous oversight, leadership, and support to the team. In addition, 100% of all donations raised go to support our programming.

Since Arogya World's inception in 2010, our programs have impacted over 9 million people, and we aim to reach 50 million by 2026. In addition, the impact of our programs has been proven:

-Healthy Schools - through pre- and post-survey collection from the children, this program has shown a 15% impact in diabetes awareness and behavior change. More children reported they chose healthier foods, and more had internalized that unhealthy eating and physical inactivity can lead to diabetes. Over 500,000 children have been educated through our Healthy Schools program to date.

-mDiabetes - this program showed a 20% impact on understanding diabetes and lifestyle change when distributed to one million people - http://www.jmir.org/2016/8/e207/. We are now implementing mDiabetes with new partners such as Aravind Eye Hospital and LV Prasad Eye hospital, reaching many new constituents. Since its inception, mDiabetes has reached over 1.6 million people.

-Healthy Workplaces - this program has grown to include 185 companies who are recognized for excellence in workplace health, spanning more than 3.3 million employees.

- MyThali - this crucial tool that teaches what and how much to eat for optimal health is being promoted to urban consumers through a variety of channels including media, social media, influencers, chefs, and food enthusiasts. MyThali has reached millions of people and we are now focused on adapting it to appeal to audiences in rural India.

Arogya World’s programs have shown great reach and impact and will continue to expand, helping make India healthier, and preserve its competitive position in the global landscape.

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Arogya World

Board of directors
as of 01/31/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Nalini Saligram

Pamela Yih

Pamela Y-F Yih, Inc.

Neeru Arora

Volkswagen Credit Inc.

Seema Bhatia

Kathryn Graves

Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health

Heather Nornes

Deepa Prahalad

Swati Chaudhary

Blue Meridian Partners (BMP)

Radhika Papandreou

Korn Ferry

Emilie R. Ninan

Ballard Spahr LLP

Sarika Agarwala King

Samira Khan

Microsoft

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/26/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female

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