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. Every year India requires about 5 Crore units of blood, whereas only a meager 2.5 Crore units of blood are available. So the need of the hour is to donate blood and save life!
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 with whom you can register as a donor. 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 all 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, as a result of increased awareness, it is the youth who are at the forefront in making donations at these events.
Any healthy adult weighing more than 50 kg 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 relaxing for 15 minutes you are free to leave.
'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
Mayanjali Charitable Blood Bank
14/113 Padam Tower, Green Park Road, Civil Lines, Stock Exchange Building, Kanpur 208001
Blood Bank at Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan
99, Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata 700026
033-2475 3636 to 3639
Sir JJ Mahangar Raktapedhi
Ground Floor, S D Petit Building, Gate No. 11, J J Road, Byculla, Mumbai 400027
022-2373 5585, 2373 3531
Maharashtra State Blood Transfusion Council
Through this website, you can find blood donors for a specific blood group in Maharashtra as well as find nearest blood bank in Maharashtra. You can also register to become a blood donor.
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.
Register to donate blood. To receive details of blood donors in your location, enter your State, City, Area, Blood Group details in 'Find a Donor' on website's homepage.
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.
The website has 3 main features: Register as blood donor, Search blood donor (on the basis of city & blood group), Post your blood request.
Bravo Blood Donor
On entering Pincode and blood group, donors can be searched. Blood donors are invited to register.
Register to donate blood.
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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