Blood is issued on exchange basis. Donations Camps are organized regularly. Voluntary donors are given donor card valid for one year. This card can be exchanged for blood. How ever testing fees are charged in all cases except for the very poor who are given free or at a subsidized rate.
Break even point – We reached the break even point issuing only whole blood at 500 units. Since the operation of component unit started we are in surplus.
Contact the local Directorate of Drug Control for minimum requirements. Area required – 100 sq. mtrs for Whole Blood and additional 50 sq. mtrs. for component facility. 8 rooms out of which 5 should be air conditioned. Appointment of staff as required under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.
For only whole blood – approx. 20-25 lacs (excluding cost of infrastructure) depending upon the number and make of the equipments. For Blood Component unit - additional approx. 30-35 lacs.
Obtaining initial License is a long and cumbersome process. Sourcing technical staff is very difficult in small places and the salaries are very high. It is a very sensitive Project. Once a reputation of quality and service is established it becomes self sufficient very soon. It is a great PR for any Club.