Blood Donation Drive

March 26, 2011
Blood Donation Drive

Blood Donation Drive

Note: If you are not in Karachi then visit any Thalassemia Center in your city/country and donate blood on the same day… lets bring change together! =)

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Willing to contribute?

August 23, 2010

It’s so hard to organize a blood camp in Ramadan, not because organizers are fasting and slow BUT people resist donating blood, although one can donate after iftar, but still people think they can get weak after donating.

FAiTh tried arranging a blood camp before Ramadan in different institutes/universities, but couldn’t get permission as they were already booked by some other Thalassemia centers, am glad someone approached them before us :) and I hope they would have get awesome result.

Now FAiTh has decided to organize blood camp after Eid and we are here to ask for help, help in giving us a venue, help in getting us donors.

If you can arrange blood camp in your neighborhood, institute, university, factory, office ANYWHERE, contact us. Just give us venue and donors and we will do the rest!

Hoping to get positive vibes!


Ayesha Mehmood
Official Spokesperson
http://www.thalassemia.com.pk


Blood donors supply Emily the gift of life

July 24, 2010

Courtesy: couriermail.com

EMILY Alcantra loves hip hop dancing, cheerleading, playing netball and going to the movies with her friends – just like many other active teenage girls.

But she’s only alive because of regular blood transfusions.

Emily was born with the life-threatening blood disorder, thalassemia. The condition affects her ability to make red blood cells.

Royal Children’s Hospital pediatric haematologist Jeremy Robertson said Emily would have died in early childhood without monthly blood transfusions.

“Genetically, she can’t make enough haemoglobin so that she’s chronically anaemic,” he said.

Except for spending one day every four weeks in hospital receiving a litre of blood – equivalent to about three or four donations – Emily lives a “normal life”.

Emily, a Year 8 student at St Paul’s School in Bald Hills, on Brisbane’s northside, said she felt no different to her friends.

“It’s kind of like it’s not even there, despite the visits to hospital and stuff,” she said.

“I’m very, very grateful to the blood donors. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here.”


Thalassemia major boy saved after stem cell transplant

July 24, 2010

Courtesy: zeenews.com

A five-year-old thalassemia major boy got a new lease of life following a successful stem cell transplant and would never require any blood transfusion in his life, doctors who treated him said here today.

“Kavya, son of Mahesh Vaghela who works with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), under went a stem cell transplant last month. His condition is fine now as the donor cells have been accepted by the body,” Dr Uday Deotare of Sterling hospital, who led the team of doctors who operated on Kayva told reporters.

“The stem cell were extracted from bone marrow of Kavya’s elder brother Mihir (7),” he said.

Giving a brief medical history of Kavya, Deotare said that Kavya was detected with thalassemia major when he was six months old.

“Since then he has been undergoing blood transfusion every month till he was four and half year old. His parents had approached us some time ago for the operation which is very costly,” he said.

“Now that the operation is successful, Kavya would not need blood transfusion for the rest of his life. However, he would be on medication for next one year,” Deotare said.

Kavya’s father Manish said that he was very happy that his son was cured and would never need blood transfusion. “I am thankful to the doctors who save my boy,” he added.


Summer brings drought of blood donors: Experts (June 14 is World Blood Donors Day)

June 13, 2010

Courtesy: thaindian.com

New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) Six-year-old Anushka suffers from thalassemia and requires regular blood transfusion. However, arranging one unit of ‘A negative’ blood has become a nightmare for her parents, as summer brings an acute shortage of donors in the capital.

Delhi’s blood banks often dry up in summer owing to dwindling blood donation camps, which in turn rely heavily on student donors who are usually away on vacation at this time of the year.

“Mostly students contribute blood. With schools and colleges shut for summer vacation, the blood banks run out of blood and its components. There is a sharp fall in blood donation camps during summer,” N.K. Bhatia, medical director of Rotary Blood Bank, Noida, told IANS.

“There is so much shortage of blood during summer and on top of that many blood banks waste human blood – at least 30 percent,” Bhatia said.

“There is irrational use of blood in India. One unit of blood belonging to the same group can be used by three different patients,” he added.

According to a senior official from the blood safety division of the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO): “India requires 10 million units of blood every year, but the country manages to get only 7.9 million units. Out of 7.9 million units, 68 percent is donated by volunteers.”

Delhi-NCR requires 600,000 units of blood a year (around 40,000 units of blood each month) but it gets only 400,000 units.

At least 100,000 pregnant women die every year because of shortage of blood in the country. Many thalassemia patients also die every year because of shortage of blood.

“Over 65 percent of our donors are from educational institutions. Most educational institutions are on holidays at this time and hence there is a huge shortage in supply. Usually during this time we ask relatives of patients to replace the blood,” said Amar Sharma, compounder at a civic body-run hospital.

Shortage of blood and its components during the summer gives rise to various illegal activities, such as illegal sale of blood, say health officials.

The price of rare blood group types like ‘O negative’ and ‘AB negative’ are quite high. In private blood banks, the processed blood of the above category can go up from Rs.1,500 to Rs.5,000 per unit. The prescribed rate by the government is Rs.500 per unit.

“Under the supervision of government authorities, the private blood banks can also organise blood donation camps. It will help in coping with the shortage of blood that arises during summer,” said Rasika Setia, consultant in transfusion medicine at the Dr. B.L. Kapur Memorial Hospital.

“The population we rely on for donating blood – students in schools and colleges – go on holiday during summer and there are no routine blood donation camps happening during this period,” she added.

Countering that no such shortage prevails, a senior official from the blood safety division of NACO told IANS on condition of anonymity: “There is no such shortage in the city so far. We have a good model of voluntary donations. Not only the student community but there is a mixed population now coming forward to donate blood.”

A volunteer from an NGO suggested ways to tackle the problem.

“Employees of IT and BPO industry can be approached for blood donation during summer. Mobile blood units should be set up at various shopping malls,” he said.


Giving Guests

June 13, 2010

Courtesy: bangaloremirror.com

Four working professionals living in a paying guest (PG) accommodation in Koramangala’s Ashwini Layout have come together to give something to society. They have teamed up with St John’s Hospital and Medical College to organise a blood donation camp at their PG – Vinayak Home – between 10 am and 12:30 pm on Sunday. Blood collected from this drive will be given to Thalassemia and Haemop- hilia patients.

Paying guests (L-R) Mohit Jain, Mohan A S and Ravi Shankar B Ghave have invited 50 apartments in Koramangala to take part in their blood donation drive on Sunday The altruistic foursome are Mohan A S and Mohit Jain, who work as software engineers; bank employee Ashish Kumar, and Ravi Shankar B G, a a clinician in St John’s Hospital.

Jain, who initiated this drive, says, “This idea came when my three friends and I were chatting. We thought we should have a blood donation drive to create awareness about it.”

Shankar got the support of St John’s Hospital for this drive. The hospital is providing eight beds and 13 medical personnel.
Blood collected will be used by the hospital in treating Thalassemia and Hemophilia patients, who come to the hospital regularly for transfusion.

Jain says, “Initially, we thought of making it a private affair by including only 60 members of our PG. Later we expanded it”
The group visited more than 50 apartments and PGs in Koramangala, besides collecting email IDs and mobile numbers, to inform people about the drive.

Everyone they met was extremely supportive. Jain says, “Wherever we went, we were treated nicely. Some even asked us to come inside and promised us their participation on Sunday. We made it clear that we did not belong to any group but were doing this because we wanted to help.”


World Blood Donor Day 2010 – ‘New Blood for the World’

June 13, 2010

Courtesy: medindia.net

World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) is celebrated each year on June 14 to honor all those who donate the life saving liquid that has no substitute till date—blood. Sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and International Society of Blood Transfusion, the day also celebrates the birthday of Nobel Prize winner Karl Landsteiner, who discovered the ABO blood group system. The day stresses the importance of donating blood to be stored in hospitals, clinics and blood banks to meet medical emergencies.

This year’s slogan, “New blood for the world” aims to motivate young people all over the world to become blood donors. Young blood donors will in turn network extensively to encourage other youngsters to donate blood. There is a perennial shortage of blood all over the world because blood can be stored only for a limited period of time before use. In most countries there is more demand than supply of blood due to limited blood donation. Some of the lowest donations recorded in the world recently number less than 10 donations per thousand people. According to WHO statistics 80 countries have recorded low blood donation rates and of these, 79 are developing nations.

The importance of safe blood requirement for blood transfusions can never be overstated—it is in constant demand to save lives and improve health. Critical medical cases that require blood transfusion include, women with pregnancy complications leading to hemorrhage before, during or after childbirth, severely anemic children and adults, people injured in accidents, surgical and cancer patients. People with conditions like thalassemia and sickle cell disease need regular blood transfusions and blood is also used to prepare clotting factors for people with hemophilia.

Myths Preventing Blood Donation

Check some of these common blood donation myths and see if any of these is stopping you from donating blood:

• I am too old
If you are between 17 and 60 and in good health, you are eligible for blood donation

• I will get an infection when they draw my blood
All equipment used to draw blood is sterile and disposable

• I will feel weak if I donate blood
You can get back to your routine immediately. The body recoups or regenerates the blood given in a very short while and you can donate again after 3 months

• I can’t find time to donate blood
You will be asked a few questions and the blood will be drawn in 5 minutes. The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes

Youngsters, Unite, to Donate Blood

Global launch of the World Blood Donor Day 2010 will take place in Barcelona, Spain and the event is to be hosted by the Spanish and Catalonian Health Care Authorities, the Spanish Red Cross and the Spanish and Catalonian donor associations. Like every year, this year’s event is also designed to support blood transfusion services, blood donor organizations and NGOs, reinforcing blood donor programs and campaigns in every country. Initiatives like the Young Ambassadors’ programs, Club 25, extensive media campaigns targeting young audiences and other youth-oriented activities will hopefully, help infuse the WBDD this year with “new blood.”

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” -Edward Everett Hale

In order to ensure universal access to safe blood and blood products, Youngsters of the world, Unite, to donate blood.


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