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Blood Donation

Donate blood at a blood bank or at a camp…

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.

Aspects to be noted by voluntary blood donors...

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.

A.P.

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

040-2322 1749

indianredcross-ap.org

All India

#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.

022-2367 9698

www.giantswelfarefoundation.org

All India

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.

www.facebook.com/donateblood

All India

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

nss.gov.in

Delhi-NCR

Sapna

Sapna organises blood donation camps all over Delhi through blood banks of Safdarjung Hospital, AIIMS and the Trauma Centre. Blood so collected is utilsed towards the blood needs of poor patients staying in Safdarjung Hospital dharamshala and Rajgarhia Vishram Sadan of AIIMS.

Flat No. 8086, Pocket D-8, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110070

88262 00922 (R.R.P.Singh), 78359 59399 (Rafiq)

www.sapnaindia.org

Hyderabad

NTR Trust

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

ntrtrust.org

Jaipur

'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

96490 20121

www.nayasawera.org

Kolkata

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

www.rkmsevapratishthan.org

Mumbai

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

Twitter Page

Mumbai

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

www.santnirankaribloodbank.org

Mumbai

Think Foundation

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.

Vinay Shetty

022- 6518 1341, 6518 1343

Web Page

Online

'Mblood' App

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.

Link to upload app on Android phone

Online

BharatBloodBank

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.

www.bharatbloodbank.com

Online

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.

www.bloodbankindia.net

Online

Blood Donors

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.

www.blooddonors.in

Online

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

www.bombaybloodgroup.org

Online

e-Rakt Kosh

Launched by Govt of India. Find out the nearest blood bank and donate blood with them. You can also keep track of blood donations made by you. Access the site on web or download app for mobile.

0120-306 3320

www.eraktkosh.in

Online

Indianblooddonors.com

Register on the website to donate blood. Over 300 towns and cities are covered. The site has over 11,000 registered donors.

Khushroo Pocha

79667 72377

www.indianblooddonors.com

Online

LifeDonor

Download/install the app, register as a voluntary blood donor and start exploring features of app to donate blood and save life. You can also search for blood donor by blood group.

97791 35856

lifedonor.in

Online

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.

Link to download the Android app

Pune

Jankalyan Blood Bank

1003, Shukrawar Peth, Near Swargate Bus Stand, Sarasbag Road, Pune 411002

020-2444 9527, 2444 4502

www.janakalyanbloodbank.org

Rajkot

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

life4life.org.in

Surat

Surat Raktadan Kendra & Research Centre

Udhana-Khatodara Health Center, Near Chosath Joganio Matanu Mandir, Udhana - Magdalla Road, Surat 395002

0261-393 7700

www.srkrc.org

Tamil Nadu      Kerala      Pondicherry

Team BLEED

This is a group of voluntary blood donors who meet emergency blood requirements. Please register as a donor on their website.

9600161908

tiny.cc/teambleed

 

 

What Can You Do?

  • 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.

  • Know about individuals or organisations who organise blood donation camps? Inform us so that they can be listed on this page.

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