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November 2010 - present
  • May 25, 2011: Summer 2011 Issue of Naya Jeevan's Newsletter
  • May 23, 2011: PBS NewsHour Segment on Naya Jeevan: Pakistani Program Offers Affordable Health Insurance to Help Urban Poor
  • May 23, 2011: Naya Jeevan, NOWPDP, Fulbright Alumni project for children with disabilities funded by the US State Department's Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund
  • May 18, 2011: Flood Relief and Safe Delivery Initiative Progress Report
  • February 11, 2011: Over 250 Students and 100 Staff at NGO-run School SOS Children's Village Enrolled into the Naya Jeevan Health Plan
  • February 1, 2011: Naya Jeevan continues Medical Camps, Checkups, and Hospital Referrals for Flood Impacted Families and Pregnant Women in Sujjawal, Thatta
  • November 12, 2010: Naya Jeevan at the Asia Society India Centre progam, "Pakistan Flooded: Looking Forward from the 2010 Deluge"
  • November 4, 2010: First Successful Delivery at a Hospital under Naya Jeevan's Safe Delivery Initiative for Flood Impacted Pregnancies
September 2010 - October 2010
  • October 28, 2010: Naya Jeevan's Team in Collaboration with FLP Conducts a Medical Camp at the Jomshoro Relief Camp
  • October 22, 2010: DuPont Sponsors Health Care for NGO-run School Children through the Naya Jeevan Health Plan
  • October 15, 2010: Naya Jeevan at the Opportunity Collaboration Retreat in Ixtapa, Mexico
  • October 11, 2010: Naya Jeevan's Team Returns from a Safe Delivery Initiative Pre-Assessment Site Visit of FLP's Jomshoro Camp
  • October 8, 2010: Naya Jeevan receives an Innovation Grant from the ILO's Microinsurance Innovation Facility
  • October 4, 2010: Naya Jeevan returns to the Social Capital Markets Conference in San Francisco, CA
  • September 30, 2010: Naya Jeevan Receives In-Kind Advertising Donation from Google Grants
  • September 27, 2010: Naya Jeevan joins the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
  • September 21, 2010: Naya Jeevan at the Clinton Global Initiative's Sixth Annual Meeting in New York City
  • September 21, 2010: Google donates $1 Million to Charitable Organizations involved in the Response to the Pakistan Floods including Naya Jeevan
  • September 20, 2010: Naya Jeevan's Safe Delivery Initiative for High Risk Pregnancies
  • September 17, 2010: Flood Relief & Recovery Effort Supporters - Thank You for your Generous Contributions and Efforts!
  • September 7, 2010: USPTO registers Naya Jeevan name and logo as Service Marks
August 2010
  • August 30, 2010: Jonathan Lewis blogs about Disasters, Pakistan, and Naya Jeevan's Social Model & Pakistan Floods Response on the Huffington Post
  • August 29, 2010: Naya Jeevan's Flood Relief and Recovery Efforts - A Summary by Naya Jeevan's COO Irum Musharraf
  • August 29, 2010: US Now San Francisco Bay Area Flood Relief Benefit Dinner raises funds for Naya Jeevan's Flood Relief and Recovery Efforts
  • August 24, 2010: Naya Jeevan's Team Returns from Relief Efforts in Mardan and Charsadda
  • August 24, 2010: Acumen Fund has launched a tapestry forum "On The Ground in Pakistan" - a simple way to show our solidarity
  • August 19, 2010: A Team from Naya Jeevan will be leaving for Mardan and Charsadda on Friday to help with Relief Efforts - Pre-Assessment by Dr. Aftab Iqbal
  • August 18, 2010: How Naya Jeevan is Supporting Relief/Recovery on the Ground in Pakistan’s Flood Impacted Areas - A Message from Naya Jeevan's CEO Dr. Asher Hasan
  • August 15, 2010: Summer 2010 Issue of Naya Jeevan's Newsletter
  • August 13, 2010: Resource Finder Tool for Crisis Responders Launched by Google with help from Naya Jeevan
  • August 10, 2010: Donate to Naya Jeevan to Help the Flood Victims
  • August 10, 2010: Donations to Flood Relief Responders
  • August 10, 2010: Pakistan Flood Disaster's Impact Description from Wikipedia
  • August 5, 2010: Naya Jeevan's CEO Asher Hasan and Board Member Shazad Dada present at the Entrepreneurship 2010 Conference in Karachi, Pakistan
  • August 2, 2010: Ramadan Calendar Campaign Launched to Benefit Under-Privileged School Children including 1500 from Flood-Affected Areas
November 2009 - July 2010
  • July 31, 2010: Naya Jeevan's CEO Asher Hasan presented "Of burgers and bun kababs" and Child-to-Child Microfinance at TEDx Lahore, Pakistan
  • July 29, 2010: Naya Jeevan conducts an Anti-Smoking Workshop in collaboration with Ibtida Rehabilitation Center
  • July 19, 2010: Naya Jeevan featured in Forbes Asia Magazine and
  • May 19, 2010: Naya Jeevan's CEO Asher Hasan presented Naya Jeevan's Health Care Model for the Urban Poor at the Asia Society in New York City
  • April 26, 2010: Naya Jeevan at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship hosted by President Obama in Washington, DC
  • April 14, 2010: Naya Jeevan at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, UK
  • April 5, 2010: Naya Jeevan invited back to participate in Clinton Global Initiative's Annual Meeting 2010
  • April 2, 2010: Naya Jeevan receives a Grant from ML Resources Social Vision
  • March 15, 2010: Naya Jeevan receives a Grant from the Aman Foundation
  • February 3, 2010: Friends of Naya Jeevan launched in Karachi, Pakistan
  • November 6, 2009: Naya Jeevan's CEO Asher Hasan presents a Message of Peace from Pakistan on the Main Stage at TED India 2009
May 2009 - October 2009
  • October 15, 2009: Naya Jeevan conducts Free Medical Screening Workshops for Naya Jeevan Health Plan members
  • October 1, 2009: Asher Hasan presents at Tuft's University's The Fletcher School
  • September 25, 2009: President Bill Clinton recognizes Naya Jeevan's featured commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative's Annual Conference
  • September 15, 2009: TED awards a Fellowship to Naya Jeevan and CEO Asher Hasan to participate in TED India 2009
  • September 2, 2009: IRS approves Naya Jeevan as a 501(c)(3) organization
  • September 1, 2009: Naya Jeevan at SoCap09 in San Francisco, CA
  • August 14, 2009: PakUSonline profiles Naya Jeeva and their social mission
  • July 2009: Blue Chip Magazine: Naya Jeevan - health insurance for the underprivileged
  • July 4, 2009: Dr. Asher Hasan provides CME education at APPNA's 2009 Summer Conference
  • June 16, 2009: Clinton Global Initiative invites Naya Jeevan to participate in their Annual Meeting
  • June 13, 2009: Asher Hasan participates in a panel discussion on Entrepreneurship for Social Change at OPEN Forum 2009
October 2007 - April 2009
  • April 2009: The Draper Richards Foundation awards Asher Hasan and Naya Jeevan with a 3 year $300,000 fellowship
  • October 2008 - March 2009: Asher Hasan visits the Pakistan Press
  • December 18, 2008: Naya Jeevan conducts a preventive health lecture at the George Ludwig Rexroth School in Orangi, Karachi
  • September 2008: Naya Jeeevan begins operations in Pakistan
  • August 1, 2008: Voice of America Radio Panel Discussion on Entrepreneurship
  • June 14, 2008: Naya Jeevan participates in OPEN Forum 2008's Entrepreneurial Idol
  • June 19, 2008: SmartMoney TV highlights Naya Jeevan on their website with a video interview
  • May 30, 2008: India-West Magazine: Naya Jeevan wins $75K in NYU Contest
  • April 25, 2008: Naya Jeevan wins $75,000 in NYU Stern's Social Venture Business Plan Competition
  • November 7, 2007: Naya Jeevan and TCF conduct a workshop for TCF students on First Aid
  • October 26, 2007: Tina Sani performs a pro bono concert in New Delhi, India to raise awareness of Naya Jeevan's social mission
  • October 2007: Naya Jeevan produces a social awareness documentary "Lost Childhood"
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PBS NewsHour presented a Documentary Segment on how Naya Jeevan in Pakistan is attempting to combat urban poverty, the root of many Pakistanis' problems, by providing affordable health insurance. The segment was produced, presented and written by Special Correspondent Saima Mohsin. It was filmed and edited by Nofil Naqvi.
Naya Jeevan and NOWPDP (Network of Organisations Working for People with Disabilities, Pakistan) are the proud recipients of a grant from the US State Department's Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF). The grant will be used to provide art therapy and health coverage to 3 special education schools in Karachi and to help children with disabilities express themselves through arts and narrative therapy.
"Empowering Children With Disabilities in Pakistan through Arts Education" was one of 38 winning projects from 683 submissions and 137 finalists based on a review of the proposals from specialists, feedback from U.S. Missions abroad, voting from State Alumni members (Fulbright, Humphery, YES), and a final evaluation by a U.S. Department of State review panel.
Read more about the project on the ThinkChange Pakistan blog and follow the Facebook page.
Naya Jeevan visited SOS Children's Village, an NGO-run school in Malir, to complete the enrollment process of about 250 of the school's students and 100 resident mothers and staff into the Naya Jeevan Health Plan. Health care coverage for these school children was made possible with a generous donation of over PKR 400,000 (about US $5000) from DuPont Pakistan. More photos can be viewed on our Facebook Page.
Through public fundraising and special campaigns e.g. the Ramadan Calendar Campaign, Naya Jeevan uses donations raised from generous givers to provide health care coverage under the Naya Jeevan Health Plan to under-privileged school children.
Naya Jeevan CEO Dr. Asher Hasan and P.G. Chakrabarti, Director of the SAARC Disaster Management Centre and Executive Director of India's National Institute of Disaster Management particiated in a discussion titled Pakistan Flooded: Looking Forward from the 2010 Deluge at the Asia Society India Centre in Mumbai, India.
DuPont Pakistan has donated over PKR 400,000 (about US $5000) to sponsor health care coverage for NGO-run school children through the Naya Jeevan health plan. Operating in more approximately 80 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel. Thank you Team DuPont!
Naya Jeevan's CEO Asher Hasan participated in the Opportunity Collaboration retreat held in Ixtapa, Mexico October 15-20, 2010 as a Cordes Foundation Fellow. Opportunity Collaboration is a four-day strategic and problem solving retreat for nonprofit leaders, for-profit social entrepreneurs, funders and social investors. Break down the silos of unproductive competition and go beyond the boundaries of conventional poverty alleviation.
Backed by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and housed in the International Labour Organization's Social Finance Programme, the Microinsurance Innovation Facility was established in 2008 to extend insurance to low-income people in the developing world.
Ultimately, the Facility seeks to enable the microinsurance sector so that millions of working poor are able to access a wider range of insurance products that provide better value for money, and to make informed choices on how to manage risks. View Naya Jeevan's profile on the Microinsurance Innovation Facility's website.
The Facility awards Innovation Grants in order to help institutions develop new microinsurance products and models by covering their start-up costs and some of the losses likely to be incurred during the project. Naya Jeevan was one of the few recipients selected from over 100 applications to receive an innovation grant for providing affordable insurance coverage for the poor.
Naya Jeevan participated in the Social Capital Markets 2010 conference. Now in its third year, SOCAP 10 is the largest interdisciplinary gathering of individuals and institutions at the intersection of money and meaning. Impact investors, social entrepreneurs, funders, and other innovators come to SOCAP to build a movement. SOCAP 10 sought to answer the question "What's Next?" for the social capital markets.
The Google Grants program empowers non-profit organizations to achieve their goals by helping them promote their websites via advertising on Google. Google AdWords ads appear when users search on Google and when you click on one of the ads, you are brought to the website being advertised.
The grant of up to $120,000 annually in free AdWords advertising will help promote Naya Jeevan's mission and attract new customers, partners & donors.
Naya Jeevan has become a member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. ANDE is a global network of organizations that invest money and expertise to propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets.
Officially launched in 2009, ANDE is a member-driven organization housed within the Aspen Institute, an international non-profit that promotes enlightened leadership. ANDE's members are the vanguard of a movement that is focused on small and growing businesses that create economic, environmental, and social benefits for developing countries. Ultimately, ANDE seeks to build sustainable prosperity in the developing world.
Naya Jeevan participated in the Clinton Global Initiative's Sixth Annual Meeting held September 21-23, 2010 in New York City. Naya Jeevan's commitment "Scaling the Emerging World’s First HMO for the Poor," was featured as one of 5 exemplary CGI commitments in the "Strengthening Market-Based Solutions" Action Area.
Naya Jeevan was featured in a pre-conference article in Fast Company by Alice Korngold titled Five Innovators Heading to CGI: Naya Jeevan, A Doctor's Rx for Micro Insurance.
The CGI Annual Meeting is the only venue where business, government, and civil-sector leaders work together to plan and launch specific projects - Commitments to Action - to address global economic, environmental, and social challenges. Naya Jeevan's commitment was featured on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative's Fifth Annual Meeting in 2009 where President Bill Clinton presented Naya Jeevan's CEO Asher Hasan with a certificate of recognition. See our earlier news article below for more information.
Naya Jeevan is pleased to announce that the United State Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has approved our service mark applications. The Naya Jeevan name service mark (Registration No. 3,838,644) was issued on August 24, 2010 and the Naya Jeevan logo service mark (Registration No. 3,845,909) was issued on September 7, 2010. Thank you to Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal for working with us pro bono to complete the service mark registration process with the USPTO.
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Naya Jeevan was at the Entrepreneurship 2010 - Changing the Mindset conference held recently in Karachi, Pakistan and organized by the Memon Professional Forum. Naya Jeevan's CEO Asher Hasan presentated Ethical & Social Entrepreneurship during the Social Entrepreneurship and Technology session. Naya Jeevan Board Member Shazad Dada was on the organizing committee for the conference and hosted a special knowledge sharing session Coffee with Shazad Dada. Audio Visual Link recorded comments from conference participants - view videos of comments from Asher Hasan and comments from Shazad Dada on YouTube.
Naya Jeevan is happy to announce the launch of our Ramadan Calendar Campaign. Unilever, Hilal Sweets & Allianz-EFU are generously sponsoring the calendars and 100% of the donated proceeds will be used towards 12 months of health coverage for children studying at partner NGO schools. The first 1500 children to be covered under the Naya Jeevan Health Plan under our Ramadan Calendar Campaign are in the flood-affected areas of Dir and Charsadda, Pakistan.
Participate in Naya Jeevan's Global Ramadan Campaign and give your child a 30-day Ramadan calendar. Each calendar has 30 flaps (for each day of the month) and behind each flap, children will find a Ramadan teaching. We are looking for dynamic volunteers in all major cities to help distribute the Ramadan calendars globally. Calendars can be purchased online from our website, key outlets in Pakistan, from a local volunteer in most major cities, and in-person from our office in Karachi.
Sponsoring a child in need can mean the difference between despair and hope. We want to raise $30/calendar and use the contributions to provide students in partner NGO-run schools in Pakistan with social protection through the Naya Jeevan health plan for 1 whole year. Please reach out to your social/professional/academic networks as well and inform them that for just $30 they can make a big difference in NGO-run school children's health and future life. Your efforts are much appreciated. See more details and purchase online on our Ramadan Calendar Campaign webpage. Ramadan Mubarak!
In a presentation titled Of burgers and bun kababs Naya Jeevan's CEO Asher Hasan tackled the issue of the socio-economic apartheid prevalent in Pakistan by introducing Naya Jeevan for Kids, Naya Jeevan's child-to-child micro-finance scheme to reduce economic disparities. The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.
TEDx Lahore: Collective Genius, celebrated inclusive ideas, innovations and advancements for a better tomorrow. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Naya Jeevan's CEO Asher Hasan was awarded a TED fellowship in 2009 and presented on the main stage at TED India 2009.
Naya Jeevan in collaboration with Ibtida Rehabilitation Center held an anti-smoking/tobacco workshop at Espresso Coffee Houses' office. Naya Jeevan consistently provides Value Added Services to Naya Jeevan Health Plan members, especially in preventive healthcare services and education. Ibtida has been working in the field of anti-smoking and drug rehabilitation since 1985. Espresso Coffee Houses are a leading group of cafes in Pakistan and are members of Naya Jeevan's Health Plan.
The workshop was an interactive session conducted in two batches (the morning shift and the evening shift). Reverend Julian of Ibtida was the chief speaker. He has a wealth of experience not only on smoking and tobacco related addictions, but also regarding common drug addictions in Pakistan. He spoke about the common types of tobacco products, routes of use, contents of tobacco related products, and the common reasons of the use of these products. Most of the information was elicited out of the audience. Then, Dr. Aftab from Naya Jeevan talked about the medical effects of tobacco related products, and Joel (a rehabilitated addict/smoker) talked about his experiences. This was followed by a Question and Answer session with the workshop participants.
The objectives of the workshop were to create a rapport with the participants and try to understand the reasons why they used tobacco products, to make them understand the health risks posed to them because of tobacco products, to tell them about the dangers of passive smoking and how smoking isn't a personal choice like coffee or tea because smoke diffuses through the air, to create a sense of responsibility amongst smokers to not smoke in public areas, and to inform them where they could seek more help if they chose to.
Forbes Asia Magazine and featured an article on Naya Jeevan and CEO Asher Hasan. An excerpt is reproduced below, read the full article on
In April Margaret Fernandes, a 37-year-old homemaker in Karachi, experienced a sharp pain in her side. But unlike many people in Pakistan and elsewhere in the developing world, Fernandes had access to top-notch medical care. After an ultrasound diagnosed kidney stones, she received treatment at the Jinnah Hospital Kidney Center. Her husband, Augustine, earns $3,500 a year working for a chain of coffee shops, supporting Margaret and nine other family members, and the procedure would've cost a third of his income.
The Fernandes family, however, paid nothing for Margaret's treatment. Employees at small companies in the developing world are almost always uninsured, but through a program called Naya Jeevan, the Fernandes family receives subsidized health insurance from Augustine's employer. Without the insurance Margaret might have taken painkillers and hoped for the best, taken out a short-term high-interest loan from an informal lender or sold possessions. "We don't have the money to pay these expenses," she says.
Naya Jeevan was at the Asia Society in New York City for a lunch presentation on health insurance for the urban poor. Naya Jeevan's CEO Asher Hasan presented the Naya Jeevan model followed by a Question & Answer session moderated by Niki Armacost, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Arc Finance, Ltd. The program was sponsored by the Citi Foundation under their Asian Business Leaders Series.
View the Program Announcement and Event Details, read the Program Summary, join the Online Discussion, view the Full Video (1 hr. 21 min.) or a brief segment (3 min. 23 sec.) on the Asia Society Website or on YouTube.
Naya Jeevan's CEO Asher Hasan participated in the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington, DC.
In his June "A New Beginning" speech in Cairo, President Obama announced that the U.S. will host a Summit on Entrepreneurship to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations, and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim-majority countries (MMC), including their minority populations, and Muslim communities around the world. The summit brought together more than 275 participants from over 50 countries around the world. They were invited to participate to identify ways to advance economic and social entrepreneurship, build networks among stakeholders in entrepreneurship, and provide an opportunity to establish partnerships that advance entrepreneurship.
Naya Jeevan's CEO Asher Hasan participated in the Skoll World Forum held in Oxford, UK from April 14-16, 2010. The 2010 Skoll World Forum focused on catalysing collaboration for large scale change.
The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship accelerates the impact of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs by uniting them with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage and large scale social change. The Forum is a joint venture between The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and The Skoll Foundation.
Naya Jeevan has been invited back to participate at the Clinton Global Initiative's Annual Meeting being held in New York City in September 2010. Naya Jeevan's commitment "Scaling the Emerging World’s First HMO for the Poor," is featured as one of 5 exemplary CGI commitments in the "Strengthening Market-Based Solutions" Action Area. The Action Area is described by CGI as:
Traditional approaches to aid are not enough to address the great global challenges of our time. Market-based solutions show incredible promise to solve these daunting problems on a systemic and widespread level. These approaches, however, are still in a nascent stage. Corporations are researching and developing better business practices that meet social and environmental bottom lines while producing profits. Non-profits are pioneering enterprise-based models that offer potential for long-term sustainability. Governments are contributing their resources to encourage and support market-based approaches. At the 2010 Annual Meeting, members will discuss the best strategies for bringing these solutions to scale, so the benefits can be felt by more of the four billion people who subsist on less than $3 a day.
Naya Jeevan's commitment was featured on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative's Fifth Annual Meeting in 2009 where President Bill Clinton presented Naya Jeevan's CEO Asher Hasan with a certificate of recognition. See our earlier news article below for more information.
ML Resources Social Vision is the philanthropy arm of ML Resources, LLC. The company embodies the vision and spirit of enterprise of its founder, Muslim Lakhani. As a result, Social Vision aims to take a more venture capitalist or "venture catalyst" approach to philanthropy, investing in innovative capacity-building initiatives or social enterprises with expected high social returns. In particular, they provide "jump start" or seed funding to organizations or enterprises in their critical stages, allowing them to prove their model in order to scale and replicate for a greater social impact. Kalsoom Lakhani, Director of Social Vision provided her perspective:
Naya Jeevan's model for micro-insurance appealed to our company, and was why we decided to invest in the enterprise. Naya Jeevan is attempting an innovative approach in providing low-income families with affordable access to quality health care by instituting an employer-based model – allowing them to target and reach a larger number of people. Social Vision is proud and excited to be involved with this social enterprise.
Social Vision's entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy embodies both the spirits of sharing and tolerance, supporting meaningful causes at the grassroots level. Social Vision has invested in strategic philanthropic initiatives in the United States with Interfaith Youth Action Group, Interfaith Center of New York / CONNECT, Miriam's Kitchen, Interfaith Service Week, The Salvation Army's Grate Patrol; and in Pakistan with EcoEnergy Finance, Batting for Change, Women Aid Trust, House of Rice.
The Aman Foundation is a local, self-funded, not-for-profit trust based and operating in Pakistan. Inspired by a proactive commitment to the cause of human development, the Foundation aspires to make strategic interventions in Pakistan to support development in the areas of Healthcare, Nutrition, Education and Skills.
Apart from its own social development initiatives, Aman Foundation also engages in venture philanthropy by providing strategic grants to high-social-impact organisations that work in the Foundation’s core areas of focus. Recipients of grants from the Aman Foundation include The Institute of Business Administration, Acumen Fund, Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy, Leyton Rehmatullah Benevolent Trust, Aga Khan University Hospital, The Citizen’s Foundation, and i-Care.
Naya Jeevan launched their Friends Chapter in Karachi at the Faraar Gallery@T2f (formerly the second floor). The launch was attended by many prominent professionals, decision makers and academics including personalities such as Farukh Captain, Ishrat Husain, Qasim Rabbani, Shahab Ghani, Aqeel Bilgrami and Aziz Khan. Indeed the vision behind Friends of Naya Jeevan is to form niche bodies of individuals across Pakistan helping to create presence for the social enterprise among corporate entities and individuals alike and to encourage more bodies to invest in quality health care for their staff.
Launch of Friends of Naya Jeevan Karachi   Mrs and Mrs Nauman Ahmed, Seema Rabbani, Ishrat Hussain, Qas   Naya Jeevan mugs - Proceeds went to Naya Jeevan's Health Rescue Fund
In Pakistan, Naya Jeevan is patronised and supported by many multinational and SME companies and continues to garner popular support throughout the corporate, small to medium enterprise and non-profit sectors. Naya Jeevan is determined to bringing about this much-needed change in healthcare and social services for the underprivileged across the nation and has strategically designed the model to make it easily scalable, sustainable, replicable and therefore global.
Asma and Chris Kralik   Jamal Mir, Shahzad Dada, Dr Ishrat Hussain, Jalil Tarin   The Naya Jeevan Team and Board Members
Post-launch media coverage included CHUP! - Changing Up Pakistan blog on February 23, Fashion Central website on February 25, The Saturday Post website on March 2, and BlueChip magazine in their February-March issue. All the photos from the launch can be viewed on Naya Jeevan's Facebook page.
Naya Jeevan's CEO and TED Fellow Asher Hasan spoke on the main stage at TEDIndia's second day in Mysore, India during the "Reinventing Development" session. His talk entitled "Main Bhi Pakistan Hoon" (I too am Pakistan) was an alternate perspective on Pakistan as viewed through the lens of six of Pakistan's most dynamic and uber-talented photographers. It emphasized the need for Indians and Pakistanis to understand each other's narrative and work together to address the needs of the hundreds of millions of ordinary citizens who struggle to maintain their livelihoods and their dignities.
Asher Hasan shows a glimpse of ordinary Pakistani citizens through photography from around the country. His images challenge stereotypes -- and reveal the humanity behind arresting symbols such as veils, beards, fences. The imagery carries a powerful lesson: we must embrace our common humanity to fight poverty. Chris Anderson takes the stage and calls for all the Pakistani attendees to stand up: they faced many difficulties to be here, in India, today. An emotional moment for all.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Asher Hasan's message of peace from Pakistan can be viewed on the TED website or on YouTube. You can also view and download the Slides from his talk.
Naya Jeevan's in-house medical team has recently embarked upon the Free Medical Screening Workshops where they visit each and every member of the Naya Jeevan Health Plan and provide a complete physical (head to toe) examination, and personal health & hygiene counseling. The team also encourages the plan members to call the Naya Jeevan hotline for any relevant health related matters.
With these direct interactions, we hope to develop trust and confidence in the Naya Jeevan Health Plan and also assess the health status of the Naya Jeevan beneficiaries for early detection of serious illnesses or diseases. This is an ongoing Value Added Service for current and future members under the Naya Jeevan Health Plan.
Asher Hasan gave a presentation on Naya Jeevan entitled "Scaling the Emerging World's First HMO for the Poor: What the Obama Administration can learn from South Asia" at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. The event was sponsored by The Fletcher School's International Business Center as part of their annual International Global Speaker Series.
Naya Jeevan's commitment, "Scaling the Emerging World’s First HMO for the Poor," was featured on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative's Fifth Annual Meeting. Our commitment was selected from a larger pool of member commitments as an exemplary approach to addressing a specific global challenge and was announced with two other commitments related to finance and health.
Naya Jeevan was invited to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting held in New York City September 22-25. The CGI Annual Meeting is the only venue where business, government, and civil-sector leaders work together to plan and launch specific projects - Commitments to Action - to address global economic, environmental, and social challenges.
President Bill Clinton presented Naya Jeevan's CEO Asher Hasan with a certificate of recognition for Naya Jeevan's commitment to alleviate generational poverty and rejuvenate the lives of 100,000 low-income families over the next 5 years by providing them with affordable access to high-quality, catastrophic health care.
Through a novel 'micro'-insurance plan, Naya Jeevan will leverage Corporate/SME/NGO partnerships, collective social responsibility, a unique cost-sharing model and novel distribution channels to access and empower household staff (drivers, cooks, maids, guards, etc. and their families) working for corporate officers/managers as well as low-income corporate employees and contract workers (factory/construction workers, waiters, teachers, etc.). As part of a comprehensive approach, this also includes providing primary and preventative healthcare education, as well as workshops on sanitation, hygiene, environmental protection, and relevant skill development training to low-income families.
Naya Jeevan and CEO Asher Hasan have been awarded a Fellowship by TED for TEDIndia 2009. TED is organizing its first-ever conference in Asia and has awarded 103 fellowships to showcase the work of visionaries born or working in South Asia. TEDIndia, "The Future Beckons," will take place November 4-7, 2009, on the high-tech campus of Infosys Technologies Ltd in Mysore, India. An excerpt from TED's Press Release is below.
The TEDIndia Fellows are a diverse group of men and women, representing not only India, Pakistan and Bangladesh but also Indonesia, Canada, Tajikistan, the United States, China, Nigeria and Oman. TEDIndia Fellows include engineers, environmental scientists and pollution experts, human-rights activists, musicians, athletes and filmmakers. One is a female Olympic-class sailor. One runs an innovative rickshaw business. One is a robotics developer. All are committed to the spread of great ideas.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK, and this November, the TEDIndia Conference will be held in Mysore, India.
Naya Jeevan has received its 501(c)(3) approval as a tax-exempt, charitable organization from the IRS retroactive to July 15, 2007. Thank you to Weil, Gotshal & Manges for working with us pro-bono to complete the application process with the IRS.
Anyone who has donated in the past or donates in the future can claim a tax-deduction for their charitable contributions. Thank you for supporting our work! Your gifts will help reduce poverty and child labor, and enable improved health services for the urban poor.
Asher Hasan participated in the Social Capital Markets 2009 conference. SoCap09 brought together a unique mix of the world's top social innovators, investors, donors, entrepreneurs, and thought-leaders, today's leading catalysts of change from across the globe. After two days of deep content dives, the third day was reserved for participant-led sessions where Asher Hasan highlighted the Naya Jeevan model for social empowerment through micro-insurance and health services for the urban poor.
Irum Musharraf and Asher Hasan were interviewed by Aaliya Naqvi-Hai as the August 2009 Voices of the Month for PakUSonline. The article profiles the inspiration behind Naya Jeevan, the tremendous impact Naya Jeevan's model can have, and how everyone can participate in collective social empowerment for the low-income community. The article can be viewed here.
The June - July 2009 issue of Blue Chip Magazine, a leading business magazine in Pakistan, carried a story by Mariam Shah on the entrepreneurial vision behind Naya Jeevan, the social impact of the Naya Jeevan model, and a call to action to support Naya Jeevan's mission. The article is available online here, and a copy of the print version can be viewed here.
Dr. Asher Hasan presented at the APPNA (Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America) 2009 Summer Conference in San Francisco. The lecture titled "Emerging Models of Healthcare Financing & Delivery for the Underprivileged" provided CME (Continuing Medical Education) to the participants.
Naya Jeevan has been invited to the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative being held in New York City September 22-25. The CGI Annual Meeting is the only venue where business, government, and civil-sector leaders work together to plan and launch specific projects - Commitments to Action - to address global economic, environmental, and social challenges.
Asher Hasan and Irum Musharraf attended OPEN Forum 2009, an annual conference hosted by the Silicon Valley chapter of the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs. Asher participated in a panel discussion titled "Entrepreneurship: Stabilizing Force in the World" which exchanged ideas on how entrepreneurship can be an effective enabler of social change.
The panel was moderated by Dilawar Syed, President, OPEN SV. Other participants on the panel were Richard Boly, Sr. Fellow, Hoover Institute, Stanford University; Dr. Khurram Afridi, Project Director, LUMS SSE, COO Techlogix; Misbah Naqvi , Acumen Fund; Shashi Buluswar, Associate Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Asher Hasan's bio can be viewed on the OPEN-SV website here.
The Draper Richards Foundation awarded Naya Jeevan and Asher Hasan with a fellowship which comes with a financial award of $300,000 over 3 years. Jenny Shilling Stein, Executive Director will be joining Naya Jeevan's Board of Directors. Naya Jeevan's bio can be viewed on the Draper Richard Foundation's website here.
The Draper Richards Foundation was founded in 2002. Funders William H. Draper, III and Robin Richards Donohoe, venture capitalists who have run highly successful funds together, believe in the power of innovation and passionate individuals to change the world. The Draper Richards Fellowships are highly selective. They only award six fellowships per year so that they can fully engage with their portfolio of grantee organizations. Naya Jeevan is honored to have been awarded one of their fellowships.
  • Morning with Hum – live breakfast show on Hum TV
  • Business Week – evening show with Naeem-ul Haq on News One
  • All about Men – TV show with Nomi Qamar
  • Interviews with Ayesha Tammy Haq and Raheen Mani on Business Plus TV
  • Radio interview on Apna Karachi FM 107
  • Print interview/feature in GT Magazine
  • Seminar at T2F Cafe Karachi attended by over 30 people
A lecture on personal hygiene and cleanliness was arranged by Naya Jeevan at George Ludwig Rexroth School for their class V students on December 18, 2008. The school is managed by a German foundation and is located at Orangi Town, a low-income peri-urban area of Karachi. Over 80 students participated in the lecture which was very much appreciated by the teachers and well understood by the students.
Naya Jeevan has opened shop in Karachi, Pakistan! We have rented office space and started hiring local operational staff.
Saad Tabani participated in a roundtable discussion on entrepreneurship hosted by Voice of America Radio's Urdu Service.
Asher Hasan and Irum Musharraf pitched the Naya Jeevan model at OPEN Forum 2008's Entrepreneurial Idol contest. OPEN Forum is an annual conference hosted by the Silicon Valley chapter of the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs.
Saad Tabani sat down with Colleen DeBaise, the Small Business Editor at for an interview. SmartMoney TV profiled Social Entrepreneurs Naya Jeevan with a 2 minute video vignette on their website.
The article from India-West can be viewed by clicking on the image on the right.
Naya Jeevan won the annual social venture business plan competition at New York University's Stern School of Business. It was awarded $75,000 in seed money and additional in-kind support through the virtual incubator at NYU Stern's Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. The press release can be viewed here. Asher Hasan, Stewart Satter, Irum Musharraf, and Saad Tabani
Naya Jeevan collaborated with The Citizens Foundation to organize a workshop for TCF students. Renowned physician Dr. Fauzia Baig enthusiastically conducted this workshop on First Aid. The workshop was held at the TCF Secondary School in Bhitaiabad and 30 students participated. It focused on the following issues: 1) Wounds 2) Bruises 3) Burns 4) Choking 5) Bleeding 6) Proper Use of a Thermometer 7) Nosebleeds and 8) Cuts and Scrapes.
Dr. Fauzia had a very interactive hands-on approach and she physically demonstrated the different tactics and ways of providing First Aid. The young TCF students were full of questions and stories to share with the pleasant Dr. Baig. All the participants received First Aid kits sponsored by Effroze Pharmaceutical Company. Dr. Fauzia Baig and Mrs. Afshan Ilahi of Naya Jeevan received two lovely paintings from the TCF school students.
The concert "Tina Sings Faiz" was attended by 300 people including the ministers for Transport and Urban Development, and officials from the Pakistan High Commission. MH-1 was the media partner for the concert, they provided media coverage of the concert and compiled a half hour show of the concert on their music channel.
View a brief clip from the Naya Jeevan Produced Documentary "Lost Childhood" directed by Talat Zamir.