Model & Strategy

Globally, 1.25 million ​people are killed each year in road crashes. 90% of these fatalities occur in the developing world with India leading the global death toll with 150,000 deaths each year. SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF) is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to improving road safety and access to emergency medical care across India and the developing world. SLF connects research, advocacy, communication and execution (RACE) to operate at the intersection of policy making and grassroots implementation for crash prevention as well as post-crash response. Over the past few years, SLF has facilitated the enactment of key legislations in India such as the Good Samaritan Law, adopted one of India’s deadliest highways to transform it into a zero-fatality corridor, trained thousand of Police officers and volunteers in life-saving techniques and built award-winning technology to connect and assist stakeholders including bereaved families from extremely poor backgrounds.

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At a Glance
Founded: 2008
Founder & CEO: Piyush Tewari
Location of work: International, Asia
SaveLIFE Foundation
New Delhi, India
Improving road safety and emergency care across India
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Meet Piyush Tewari

Piyush Tewari, founder and CEO of SaveLIFE Foundation, is a tri-sector leader with 15 years of experiencing in building and scaling government, corporate, and social enterprises. Piyush founded SLF in 2008 to pursue road safety as a mission following the road-crash death of a young cousin returning from school. Prior to establishing SLF, Piyush served as the Managing Director (India) of the Calibrated Group, a US-based private equity firm, where he built several portfolio companies for the group. Over the last several years Piyush has led SLF to significant policy and on-ground successes and has consequently been named an Ashoka Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, and a Rolex Laureate. His efforts have been featured extensively by global media including NY TimesTimeBBC and National GeographicIn 2016, GQ magazine named him as one of India’s 50 most influential people.


Interventions on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway have reduced traffic fatalities by 43% from 151 in 2016 to 86 in 2019.

In 2019, SLF helped the Government of India to enact the national road safety law.


In 2016, SLF secured a legally binding, nationwide policy for the protection of Good Samaritans who assist the injured. This step is expected to save more than 75,000 lives annually by enabling faster bystander response for injured victims.

SLF has trained more than 19,000 first-responders on the ground across the Indian states of Delhi, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.