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Severe shortage of A and O blood groups in Dubai

January 16, 2011

Courtesy: emirates247.com

Al Wasl Hospital Blood Bank in Dubai is facing shortage and urgently require type A and O donors (both positive and negative). It is needed for kids suffering from thalassemia and cancer, as well as serious of traffic accidents victims.

When contacted, a staff member at the Blood Bank said that they have sent text messages to regular donors requesting them to come forward to donate blood.

“Blood Bank urgently requires type A and O. But all other blood types are also needed. We need large amount of blood to carry out blood transfusion for thalassemia patients. We have more than 40 thalassemia patients who need transfusion every three weeks.

“We supply blood to hospitals, and in case of accidents we must be prepared and have sufficient amount of blood to give to patients. This is a very serious issue and the lives of many depends on the availability of blood.”

The Blood Bank is open till 6pm every day to receive blood from donors. For further information, please call Al Wasl Hospital on 04 3241111.

However, Al Wasl as asked people not to call as that line may be busy but to come straight to the hospital and donate the blood.


New centres for blood donation in 2011

December 31, 2010

Courtesy : Khaleejtimes.com

The Dubai Health Authority in collaboration with hospitals and health centres has announced the opening of new blood donation centres from early next year.

According to Dr Laila Al Shaer, Director, Dubai Centre, a number of new sites in each of the hospitals will be announced during the coming year.

In addition to this, a number of health centres will be launched, all with the latest equipment, resources and specialised staff needed to receive blood donors.

Dr Shaer said the move comes in response to the growing demand for blood and blood products.

Statistics show the annual number of blood units that have been made available during this year amounted to 28,430, including 12,864 units for Thalassemia Centre, and 14,103 units for hospitals (Rashid Hospital — 7,569 units, Dubai Hospital — 4,147 units and Al Wasl Hospital — 2,387 units). A total of 1,463 units of blood were provided to private hospitals.

The Director of the Dubai Centre for blood donation commended that the existence of such centres will allow community members the opportunity to participate in saving the lives of others and alleviating the suffering of patients while remaining involved in the provision of blood.

Dr Shaer said contribution to this project is to increase the inventory status of the blood by up to 20 per cent.

The role of the new centres will be complementary to blood donation campaigns being organised by the centre on a daily basis.

Bank staff donate 100 units of blood

December 31, 2010

Courtesy: timesofindia

A nationalized bank with a branch in the city organized a blood donation camp at its office in Sarabha Nagar where its employees donated 100 units to mark 100th foundation day on Tuesday. The employees also donated one-day salary to the Prime Ministers Relief Fund.

The camp was organized in association with an NGO ‘Salaam Zindagi Foundation’ working for thalassemic children in the city. The NGO has sponsored 61 such children and vows to support all the needy children with the disorder. Established by Sir Sorabji Pochkhanawala on December 21, 1911, Central Bank of India celebrated its 100th foundation day on December 21. All the staff members of the Ludhiana region paid obeisance to the founder.

President Kamal Khullar and Sarabha Nagar Traders Association general secretary Davinder Singh appreciated banks efforts and declared to hold a mega blood donation camp in the coming month so that maximum patients of thalassemia could the supported with blood.

Salaam Zindagi Foundation general secretary Anurag Kalhan thanked members and office-bearers of bank union who made all efforts and motivated the members.

The blood bank teams of Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital and Deep Nursing Home were also present.

Santa Cause – A Local Business Owner Creates a Holiday Gala in Support of Cooley’s Anemia Foundation

December 2, 2010

Courtesy: americanbankingnews.com

If you’re feeling jaundiced over the usual gamut of reasons why the holidays are an exercise is crass commercialism and unbridled greed, etc., imagine instead taking part in Christmas festivities with your friends and family and doing it all for a good cause. Cory Schifter, co-owner of Casale Jewelers, makes that happen with an annual event that supports Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, which supports people who are affected with various forms of thalassemia, a genetic blood disorder. The outcome of this disease is often anemia that lasts throughout a person’s entire lifespan. Although there are different forms of treatment, the most common is red blood cell transfusions, which give the patient a temporary supply of healthy red blood cells. According to information provided by the foundation’s website, “most patients with a major form of thalassemia receive red blood cell transfusions every two to three weeks, amounting to as much as 52 pints of blood a year.”

For more than fifty years, the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation has been a strong partner for families living with thalassemia. Although now national in scope, CAF began on a local level, a fact reflected in the continuing importance of its local chapters.

After attending the foundation’s annual dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island with his family and co-workers, it became important to Schifter to come part of supporting the cause. “The importance of support for those with the disease and their families were clear,” he said. “The treatment includes hours and hours of blood transfusions, which is maintenance therapy, but not curative. My sister-in-law carries the trait and I recently found out that my niece has it as well, further making me eager to help.”

In the past, the original Casale Jewelers had a holiday event for the neighborhood at his house every year. Schifter decided to bring his event to Dongan Hills in an attempt to do his part in creating support for awareness of Cooley’s Anemia. The store was covered in Christmas lights and decorations, including an oversized snow globe, and Santa’s playhouse, which created a pretty nice picture for passerby. The hour-and-a-half long event boasted live music, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, dancers and even a bike-riding elf! In addition to live entertainment Casale’s offered 50/50 raffles and a “Raffle for Rock, in which one lucky visitor won an Engagement Ring. Local businesses donated ten other prizes to give away to raffle winners as well. The event was a huge success and raised over $6000, all of which was donated to the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation in support of finding a cure.

The public reaction to this event was extremely positive and a number of local businesses were involved in contributing in their own ways, whether by donating prizes for the raffles or just giving their time and talent to help decorate the store, provide music, and much more. Businesses include Xtreme Houselifts and PH Pressure Washing for help with the lighting of the store, NYC Arts Cypher, DJ Mega Mix and Zumba by Angela.

In light of its huge success, Cory has made a commitment to hold this even every year in honor of this foundation. “I believe in supporting charities such as this one in order to relieve some of the suffering that children are faced with. It is a difficult world and we are all faced with challenges; it is our responsibility as members of a community to support each other.”

The store is lit and the big event raffle and entertainment will be held on Wednesday December 15th at 7 p.m. Click here to view the Facebook event page and be kept up to date on special guests, rainout date if necessary and more.

If you would like to contact Casale Jewelers for that special gift, please call Cory Schifter at (718) 351-8300. Casale Jewelers on Staten Island has been in operation since 1986 has been owned by Cory Schifter since August of 2009. Formerly the owners of Independent Jewelers, Casale Jewelers is a retail jeweler with a jewelry designer, licensed repairman and diamond setter, gold and diamond buyers, and a full staff of trained professionals with over 15 years of experience on site. The large showroom, located in Dongan Hills, features over 10,000 items in inventory including gold and diamond earrings, pendants, bracelets, necklaces and bridal gifts. They also have a website where they design personalized jewelry including lockets, photo pendants & more. All can be ordered from the store location.

Click here to read how Casale Jewelers helped a customer receive a brand new Engagement Ring after it fell in a lake in Disney World.

Top brands include Swarovski, Benchmark Wedding Bands, Posh Mommy, Hershey Kiss, Kameleon JewelPops, ZABLE Beads & Charm Bracelets, PicturesOnGold.com, Adami & Martucci Fine Italian Jewelry.

Watch brands include G-Shock, Citizen Eco-Drive, Wenger Swiss Army, Skagen, Fossil, Pre-Owned Rolex & MICHELE (Not Dealer). We can get you any watch discounted so you save.

Article documented in the November/December edition of Industry Magazine Staten Island.


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Teen thankful for gift of life

November 24, 2010

Courtesy: mississauga.com

A Mississauga teen who needs frequent blood transfusions to stay alive thanked blood donors personally last week.

Now 14, Olivia Vitelli was just five months old when she had her first blood transfusion after suffering a stroke. At nine months, she was diagnosed with thalassemia and began receiving regular blood transfusions every three to four weeks.

Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder that results in chronic anemia. There is no known cure.
She’ll likely have to have those transfusions for the rest of her life.
Together with her mom Ida Vitelli, they thanked donors at clinic held Friday at the Canadian Coptic Centre. The clinic was dubbed “In Honour of Olivia.”

“It’s a chance for people to see and talk to someone who really needs blood, and who will chronically need it for the rest of her life. It’s why we’re doing this,” said Ida, who encouraged Mississauga residents to come out and give blood.

“On average, every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood,” said Helena Hearn, the community development coordinator at Canadian Blood Services. “We need more donors and we need more youth donors to get engaged and get involved in the blood system. Giving blood is one of the most direct ways you can help someone. So we encourage Mississauga residents to come out and help patients in need — patients like Olivia.”

UK molecular scientist presented with prestigious Lasker Award

November 23, 2010

Courtesy: bionews.org.uk

The Lasker Foundation has awarded UK scientist, Professor David Weatherall from Oxford University its prestigious Lasker-Koshland Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science. The award is seen as America’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize for Science. Professor Weatherall’s career spans over 50 years and he is recognised as a leading molecular researcher of blood disorders, and particularly thalassemia.
During his career, he was instrumental in forging links between medicine and basic science, recognising that many disorders have a molecular origin. He also played a key role in setting up long-term research partnerships with communities affected by thalassemia across the world, and his book on blood disorders is regarded as the definitive text in this field.

Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorders where the body makes fewer healthy red blood cells and less haemoglobin than normal. Individuals with this condition can have mild or severe anaemia.

Haemoglobin plays a key part in carrying oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body, and scientists now know that this consists of four protein chains – two alpha globin and two beta globin. Six genes are needed to make enough of these chains, four for the alpha chain and two for the beta chain.

Thalassemia is divided into two main types, alpha and beta, and these relate to defects in the respective chains. People with alpha-thalassemia can have one or more missing genes, and have moderate or severe anaemia, depending on the number of missing genes. Individuals with beta-thalassemia have one or both genes altered.

When this hypothesis was proposed, scientists were unable to separate the two chains, but Professor Weatherall and his team developed a method to separate them and measure the relative rates of production of each chain. Therefore proving that the disease was caused by an imbalance in the production of each chain.

Professor Weatherall and his colleagues went on to define a number of other blood disorders, and he is also credited with describing the first gene deletion directly linked to human disease, a severe form of thalassemia where infants are stillborn because they were unable to produce the alpha chain of haemoglobin.

Professor Weatherall and his researchers also helped develop prenatal genetic screening for thalassemia, and improved treatments for children with the condition. Blood transfusions were found to control the symptoms of thalassemia, but over time, this leads to a build up of iron in the blood which can lead to heart failure when children reach their mid-teens. He and his team were able to adapt an existing technique which removed the excess iron, known as ‘chelation-therapy’ so that children could be treated as they slept.

Professor Weatherall has helped improve the lives of people with thalassemia throughout the world and this award is a testament to that work.

FAiTh’s Message @ FM 107 on World Blood Donor Day!

October 31, 2010

Listen: FAiTh’s Message @ FM 107 on World Blood Donor Day!

‘New Blood, Safe Blood’

October 16, 2010

Courtesy: yentha.com

The Kerala State AIDS Control Society (KSACS) along with HLL Lifecare Ltd. and National Service Scheme (NSS) Unit of the Government College for Women, held a voluntary blood donation camp for the staff and students of the college here.

Around 100 students and staff from the various departments of the college donated blood. This is the second consecutive year for which the college has held the camp. Girls of age groups 18 to 23 participated in the camp and blood transfusions were received from the medically-fit ones.

Kavitha, a first year Bsc student, said: “ This is the first time I am donating blood. It feels really good to have been of use to this cause.” On the other hand, Madhavi and Thejaswini, second year BA students who could not donate their blood due to not meeting the requirements, were ‘sad and feeling blue’, and hung around with many others in the same situation helping out the volunteers. Niliya, an NSS volunteer, finds the response from the students to the campaigning ‘very good’, compared to the previous year.

Rajagopalan, a voluntary blood donor since 1973 (97 transfusions so far), gave a session on blood donation to the assembled students. Popular actress Mallika Sukumaran visited the college to encourage the students and promote the cause.

Around 10 medical officers and supporting staff from the Medical College, RCC, etc. came to carry out the blood transfusion. One of the KSACS Voluntary Blood Donation Consultants, Dr M Suresh Kumar, spoke on the current blood donation scenario in Kerala. According to him, what we need is more public awareness and participation. “People are scared. They don’t know where to go for blood in emergencies. Often they seek help from unauthorised persons who manipulate them and bring in the “professional” blood donors who put up their own conditions. What we need is non-remunerative, altruist, voluntary blood donation—the KSACS’s motto. Owing to the extensive camps that we have held around the city, the blood bank in Trivandrum is now full, but for a few rare blood groups.”

The blood banks are government approved and provide blood to the public, provided there is a medical practitioner’s reference and complies to their conditions. Blood banks provide free service to the BPL category and patients suffering from diseases like Thalassemia, haemophilia and so on, where frequent blood transfusions are required. Reasonable charges, as issued by the government, are charged from the public. Government blood banks are open at the Medical College, General Hospital, Women and Child Hospital (Thycaud), Regional Cancer Centre (Medical College) and Sree Chitira Thirunal Medical Institute (Medical College).

Dr K Chandramohan, deputy director STI at KSACS, points out how blood donation rates are lesser among the women in Kerala in spite of having a favourable sex ratio. “Women are a safer source for blood transfusion with very few cases of blood rejection, when compared to men, who often come under the ‘risky’ category when it comes to STDs.”

Men can donate blood once in three months, while it is healthy if done once in four months for women. However, the donor rejection rates are higher in women, owing to factors like malnutrition, anaemia, etc.

The KSACS has gone around the various colleges in the city including All Saints’, NSS College for Women and for the first time held a camp at the Secretariat, where they got around 165 donors, as a part of promoting voluntary blood donation among government officials.

Red ribbon clubs that provide training in life skills and awareness regarding blood donation and safety have also begun functioning in schools and colleges under KSACS.

Dr Chitra James, a postgraduate student in Transfusion Medicine at the Medical College, feels girl donors are rather too apprehensive and fall behind thinking themselves the “weaker” sex—a completely wrong attitude. “Young girls are very much healthy and their blood has higher regenerating capacities. All they need to focus is on maintaining the right diet and be aware of their limitations (like body weight) when it comes to blood donation.”

Baby Prabhakaran, the state manager of HLL Lifecare, said that more of such camps will be organised around the state and plans to set up district wise forums for efficient capaigning and organisations will be implemented soon.

The KSACS is a society registered under the the state government’s department of health and family, along with the National Welfare Board and NACO.

S.S. Lootah blood donors reach new milestone

October 1, 2010

Courtesy: ameinfo.com

The number of registered regular blood donors at S.S. Lootah Group, the Dubai based business conglomerate, has reached 170 yesterday. The new record number has been achieved during the bi-annual Blood Donation Drive, organized in association with Dubai Health Authority, to support Thalassemia patients and alleviate potential shortfalls in the emirate’s blood bank.

“S.S. Lootah started the blood donation drive in 2004, as a CSR initiative with a few volunteers. Today, we are able to maintain a healthy pool of blood donors with 170 regular donors, among them 9 have rare blood types. We are glad that our employees have taken our message to heart and become regular, committed donors,” said Naema Al Hamrani, Corporate Communications Manager.

Talking about the common misconception in donating blood, Kalthoom Mohammed Al Tahri, Community Programs Coordinator at S.S. Lootah Group, said, “Many of our employees were afraid to donate blood for reasons varying from worry about pain to fear of catching a disease. Our persistent efforts on awareness and promotion have helped in removing their apprehension while evolving a change in attitude and culture.”

Having a rare blood type, Amira El Haj never realized the importance of donating blood until she took part in the Lootah campaign six years ago. Amira says that she is now emotionally attached to this initiative and looks forward to an opportunity to donate blood whenever possible. Increased employee participation with about 31,500 ml. of blood collected this year is testimony to the fact that the Blood Donation Drive has succeeded in making a difference.

S.S. Lootah Group’s community programs have earned respect and recognition worldwide. The programs’ focus is on empowering leadership among Emirati students, SME entrepreneurs support, community awareness, relief, education, sustainability among others.

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