Every 2 seconds someone in India requires blood and yet blood is perennially in short supply. Therefore, there cannot be a nobler activity than donating blood as a voluntary blood donor. Blood transfusion is a critical need for accident victims, trauma victims, premature babies, patients undergoing surgery etc. Voluntary blood donors need to come forward to prevent the entry of professional donors who have higher incidence of diseases, which affects the quality of blood also.
You can walk-in into the nearest blood bank and donate blood as a voluntary donor. Some blood banks also have mobile vans which reach out to blood donors. Then there are websites and apps which are platforms for blood donors and patients. When need arises for blood in your vicinity, you will receive a message stating the location where you may report to donate blood.
Blood donation camps and blood drives are organized in various cities of India regularly and especially on days like 1st October (National Voluntary Blood Donor Day), 15th August (Independence Day), 26th January (Republic Day) etc. It is heartening to note that these events attract good response. For the ready reference of blood donors and blood requirers, we furnish below in 'Whom Can You Contact?' section details of organisations active in this field.
Any healthy adult in the age group 18 - 65 years, weighing more than 45 kg and having minimum haemoglobin of 12.5 units can donate blood. The plasma part of the blood gets replaced in 48 hours, whereas red blood cells are fully replenished in 6 to 8 weeks. Hence it is a misconception that blood donation leads to weakness. However, once a person donates blood, he or she cannot do it again for the next 3 months.
You must abstain from alcohol and smoking for 48 hours before donating. You should not have suffered from any transmittable diseases in the recent past. You should not be taking any medication presently and must not have had surgery in the last 6 months. You need to be free from medical conditions like hypertension, cardiac problems, venereal diseases, AIDS etc.
The blood donation may be done at any hospital, clinic or at an outdoor blood donation camp. To begin with, you will be asked about your medical history following which vital parameters like blood pressure, hemoglobin, temperature etc will be measured.
You will be made to lie down, the area of the arm will be cleansed and a disposable needle will be inserted to draw the blood. The blood collects in a bag and after 1 pint of blood is collected in about 10 minutes, the process is over. The area of the arm is bandaged and after rest of 15 minutes you are free to leave.
Donated blood is separated into red blood cells, platelets and plasma. While whole blood lasts for 35 days, the shelf life of components is as follows: Red blood cells: 35 days, red blood cells with preservatives: 42 days, platelets: 5 days and plasma: 1 year.
Blood Banks of Indian Red Cross Society
Have set up a network of 18 Blood Banks in 13 districts of A.P. Out of them, 8 Blood Banks have blood component separation facilities and Vizag Blood Bank has ID-NAT facility which can identify HIV I & II, Hepatitis B & C viruses that are undetected by conventional tests. 30% Of blood collected in the 18 Blood Banks is given free of cost.
IRCS, A.P.State Branch, Rajbhavan, Somajiguda, Hyderabad 500041
#GiantsRaktdaanYatra Initiative by Giants Welfare Foundation
This is a nationwide blood donation drive in collaboration with Ministry of Health & Facebook to address the blood shortage in the country. Have so far organised more than 1,000 camps across the country.
Become a Blood Donor through Facebook
You can sign up as a blood donor with Facebook by clicking on the link below.. When individuals or organizations (blood banks, hospitals) are in need of blood, they will create a request post and Facebook will automatically notify about the request to blood donors who are nearby. Donors can then review the request and, if they wish to respond, contact the requestor directly through WhatsApp, Messenger or a phone call.
National Service Scheme (NSS)
NSS has units at most colleges across the country. These units conduct blood donation camps in co-ordination with the nearest hospitals or blood banks. Over the years thousands of such camps have been held all over India.
Ahmedabad: 079-2656 5988, Bangalore: 080-2656 3530,
Chandigarh: 0172-461 4066, Chennai: 044-2981 9704, Delhi: 011-2338 2991, Hyderabad: 040-2465 7369,
Jaipur: 0141-270 1035, Kolkata: 033-2243 9233, Lucknow: 0522-233 7066, 405 9927, Pune: 020-2553 3401, Trivandrum: 0471-248 1814
They organise 'Legendary Blood Donation Drive' every year on January 18 which is NTR's death anniversary. On that day, over 100 blood donation camps are conducted at various locations in AP and Telangana.
NTR Trust Bhavan, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500034
040-3014 5800, 3079 9999
'Donate Blood - Save Life' Campaign by Naya Sawera
Organize 3 to 4 blood donation camps every year and targeting is towards young people to donate blood for the first time.
A-18, Classic Residency, Hem Marg, New Sanganer Road, Sodala, Jaipur 302019
Blood Bank at Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan
The blood bank is open round the clock on all days. Have also set up a Blood Component Separation Unit in order to supply to the needy different components of the blood like platelets, concentrated RBC, FFP etc.
99, Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata 700026
033-2475 3636 to 3639
Kshan Social Ventures
As soon as an emergency need for blood arises, the eight-member team of Kshan sends text messages to their contacts seeking blood donation. Also message is posted on Twitter. If you wish to donate blood, contact them by phone or twitter.
Shop No 9, Ground Floor, Bhagwan Niwas, Rrt Road, Mulund West, Mumbai - 400080,
Rajesh Chandra & team
93231 11447, 98190 97771, 022-2561 9165
Sant Nirankari Blood Bank
Blood donation camps are organised at various locations in Mumbai & Pune regularly. Call them to find out the date and location for the next camp.
3rd Floor, Sant Nirankari Satsang Bhawan, Western Express Highway, Hanuman Road, Vile Parle (East), Mumbai 400057
022-2619 5539, 99699 83340
They organise blood donation camps every week in Mumbai. If you are an organisation that wishes to hold a blood donation camp and need help with logistics, contact Think Foundation. They also call up donors listed with them whenever emergency cases arise.
022- 6518 1341, 6518 1343
On this app, register as a blood donor. Persons needing blood send a request for requirement of a specific blood group, at a specific time and in a specific hospital. All registered donors based on the location, receive a notification of the requirement. Interested donors will post a reply on the app.
Blood Bank India
Search can be activated by entering city and blood group. Persons wishing to be donors are requested to register on the website.
Current blood requirements of patients are listed on the homepage. In addition, donors can register and needy users can search for donors. Donors can follow their twitter handle @Blood_Donors_in and respond to the tweets on urgent requirement of blood.
Bombay Blood Group Network
If your blood is of the rarest of the rare Bombay blood group, do remain in touch with this network, since they may need blood donation form you or you may need blood which they would be able to arrange.
94800 44444, 98860 64563
Register on the website to donate blood. Over 300 towns and cities are covered. The site has over 11,000 registered donors.
National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC)
NBTC's Android app 'NHP Service' provides information on hospitals and blood banks located in your vicinity. Select the blood bank you want to visit and donate blood.
Life Blood Centre (formerly known as Rajkot Voluntary Blood Bank & Research Centre)
Smt. Sushilaben Ramniklal Mehta Bhavan, 24 Vijay Plot, Malaviya Road, Rajkot 360002
0281-223 4242 / 43, 8511 22112
Wish to donate blood regularly as a volunteer donor? Contact the nearest blood bank or one of the organisations listed above.
Keen to ensure that more people donate blood? Persuade your friends, relatives and co-workers to become regular blood donors.
Aware of an accident victim requiring blood urgently? Post the message on twitter with appropriate hashtags..
Know of a patient needing blood for use during surgery? Through websites listed above, find out contact details of nearest blood donor.
Want to act as a volunteer at a blood donation camp? Await news of blood donation camp through media and therafter, be present at the venue on the date & time specified.
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