“Donor on Call” is a technology based humanitarian service, which instantly locates matching blood donors nearby, based on their mobile location, as in mobile app based taxi service (though this service is free). At times, noble donors have accepted within seconds and saved lives in critical situations at AIIMS, RML, BLK, St. Stephens etc. –see picture gallery below. Also, blood wastage (Times of India reported 1000,000 units discarded annually on expiry)is minimized by matching actual need as it arises.
We also focus on sustainable donor health through nature connect, cycling, yoga, running etc. for improved mental and physical health (video on home page). Safe blood is essential and we hence screen for permanent diseases and temporary ones for restriction period like in antibiotics, dengue, jaundice etc. A record of donor’s donation and Hemoglobin level can be maintained in the app too. The app beta version launched around March 2017 is based on learning’s since 2014.
Starting in Diwali 2014, we arranged six donors for rare blood groups for kids undergoing marrow transplant for brand new lease of life. Amongst the first set to come forward was Mrs Aartee Antal, who was spontaneous. The Kurd Kid supported by her donation was discharged later and a nice meeting between the two of them and kid’s mother and her DONOR EXPERIENCE narrated in the video alongside. Our blood donors supported kids and patients from Kenya, Uzbek, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Fiji and Nepal besides India.
Inspired by the initiatives, several kids of our donors who cannot donate blood due to age restrictions make up our child band and perform for kid patients and staff at the pediatric super-specialty hospital catering to marginalized sections. They have even engaged blood cancer survivor kids (whom we supported during treatment) into their singing – videos alongside. The oncologist has found such music therapy useful in the patients recovery, narrated the same in the video here.
During July 2018, we also presented our initiative at a Health Section of a Global Summit in the Silicon Valley, California, USA. We also visited Facebook headquarters at Menlo Park, CA and discussed the issues regarding India’s blood donors, wastage etc. for larger good.