Dr. Asher Hasan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NAYA JEEVAN (http://www.njfk.org), a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to providing socio-economically disadvantaged families throughout the emerging world with affordable access to quality, catastrophic healthcare. Asher is a 2009 member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a TED Fellow and a Draper Richards Social Entrepreneur Fellow for 2009-2011 that is accompanied with a $300,000 award. In addition, NAYA JEEVAN is also the recipient of a $75,000 1st prize in the 2008 NYU Social Entrepreneurship Business Plan competition. Prior to launching NAYA JEEVAN, Asher served in the capacity of Senior Director and Head of the US Medical Affairs Obesity team for Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. During his tenure in the biopharmaceutical industry, Asher also completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
After migrating to the US, Asher attended Oberlin College where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and biology with an additional concentration in international relations.
Subsequently, Asher moved to Harvard Medical School where he worked as a preclinical researcher along with a group of vascular surgeons at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.
Graduating from medical school summa cum laude, Asher went on to train in General Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.
In addition to his affiliation with the biotech/pharmaceutical industry in the US, Asher is an active member of NAASO-The Obesity Society, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. He has also served as a board member of the US National Business Group on Health: Institute on Cost & Effects of Obesity.
NAYA JEEVAN, the emerging world’s first “HMO for the Marginalized”, a social enterprise that provides low-income families in the emerging world with affordable access to quality healthcare.
While infant-child mortality rates in Pakistan and India remain unacceptably high, the ‘indentured’ children that survive often serve as child-labor in quasi-apprenticeship roles, deprived of formal primary education and quality healthcare and exposed to violence, drug abuse, trafficking and prostitution. One of the primary causes of this child bondage is a financially devastating, catastrophic medical event that incapacitates the primary breadwinner of the family.
Languishing in menial jobs, the spirit of these 'lost generation' of children is often extinguished at an early age. Many of these children are incredibly talented - yet that talent is systematically crushed through the knowledge that they must fend for themswithout any safety nets or access to quality primary or tertiary healthcare as they consign their lives to oblivion.
NAYA JEEVAN (http://www.njfk.org) was created to fill this gaping void in their lives.
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Allow me to tell you a short story about a young woman called Raabia. The first time I met Raabia was at the tender age of 14 when she was an 8th grader, effervescent and full of zest and optimism for the future. Tragically, Raabia became her family’s primary breadwinner at the age of 19 when her father, a sedentary man with chronic, debilitating, high blood pressure, suffered a massive stroke, became paralyzed and therefore was no longer able to provide for his family. As a consequence, Raabia and her six siblings were forced to drop out of school and enter the urban child labor market. There are millions of Raabia’s and Maria’s throughout Pakistan and in many other countries throughout the emerging world. Their stories remain unheard of and untold. They symbolize the anonymous, countless children whose dreams are shattered on the altar of poverty.
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