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The Story of India’s Model Blood Bank                                                 2012         Till 90s, Indian blood ...
The Story of India’s Model Blood Bank                                                 2012         donating blood. Qualifi...
The Story of India’s Model Blood Bank                                                 2012         The blood centre also i...
The Story of India’s Model Blood Bank                                                 2012         Finances:         The b...
The Story of India’s Model Blood Bank                                                 2012         As a result of Prathama...
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India's model blood bank. 2012

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This article is on one of the civil society initiative to mitigate blood crisis in India and provide safe blood through voluntary non-remunerated blood donors engaging high quality blood processing and distribution practices.

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India's model blood bank. 2012

  1. 1. The Story of India’s Model Blood Bank 2012 Till 90s, Indian blood banking was marred with unsafe blood banking practices where patients’ safety was at stake. Blood was scares resource and blood banks mushroomed to exploit this situation to make fast cash. Blood was (I suppose is…) openly sold in many cities. Sooner it is realized that health care in the country will only improve when blood banking becomes safer, easily accessible to people and developed on the base of voluntary non remunerated blood donors. With this idea a blood bank was established in year 2000 in Pharmacy capital of India (Ahmedabad) with the support of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. Prathama Blood Center, a not for profit standalone blood bank was established to cater to the need of safe blood in and aroud the city of Ahmedabad. Principles of Blood Banking: Three fundamentals driven the blood centre named Prathama (in sanskrit first and foremost). 1. 100% voluntary non remunerated blood donations 2. 100% componentization to meet the needs of advanced treatment in medicine 3. Blood issue without asking for replacement to patients. Blood Collection: November 20, 2012 A state of the art blood center was established to provide one of the best environment that Indian blood donor can think of for J ravishanker. Director Social Services. The views expressed in this article are that of the author in his personal capacity. 2012.
  2. 2. The Story of India’s Model Blood Bank 2012 donating blood. Qualified and experienced teams were recruited to conduct blood donation process. Thoroughly evaluated procedures engaged as Standard Operating Procedures for the entire operation. The blood centre for the first time in India, deployed societal marketing teams to educate people to donate blood voluntarily. It started engaging voluntary blood drives in various segments of the society like housing societies, educational institutions, factories, corporate houses, trade associations etc. On an average it started conducting 500-700 blood donation camps in a year to collect blood from voluntary donors. About 35000 blood donors annually donate blood in these camps. In addition, the blood bank has also introduced for the first time in India Blood Mobile Vans where it goes to the place of voluntary blood donors and gives them comfortable and hyginic environment to donate blood. It has introduced 4 such vans in a span of 10 years where they cater to 15000 blood donors. Blood Processing: November 20, 2012 The blood centre for the first time in India introduced 100% blood separation process where whole blood is made in components such as Plasma, Platelets and Red Cells where Plasma is again made in to further derivatives to meet various needs of patients like hemophilia, leukemia and so on. J ravishanker. Director Social Services. The views expressed in this article are that of the author in his personal capacity. 2012.
  3. 3. The Story of India’s Model Blood Bank 2012 The blood centre also introduced aphaeresis procedure where only needed blood component is taken from voluntary blood donor. In addition to increase blood safety it has introduced more than 150 standard operating procedures, irradiation and PCR test on blood components. This has reinforced the confidence in doctors to go for complex surgeries where safe blood components needed. Blood Supply & Outreach: The blood center soon gained trust of local hospitals and doctors. In a span of 10 years the blood bank provides blood components to more than 3000 doctors in a given year and stated meeting 60% of Ahmedabad blood requirement. It catered to the needs of complex surgeries and emergencies November 20, 2012 and also established storage centers in remote areas where blood components are not available otherwise. It is managing 10 plus blood storage centre in various hospitals. In 10 year the blood centre distributed more than 1 million blood components to various patients. Prathama initiated free blood support to children with Thalassemia way back in 2000. In absence of structured governmental healthcare support to these children Prathama took the lead and extended its helping hand to more than 600 children in Gujarat. In association with service organizations it has ensured continuous and safe blood transfusion to these children and also arranged for subsidized medicines. In addition it took a mass campaign to eradicate Thalassemia among youth. J ravishanker. Director Social Services. The views expressed in this article are that of the author in his personal capacity. 2012.
  4. 4. The Story of India’s Model Blood Bank 2012 Finances: The blood center established on the model of economics of scale to run its operations on sustainable basis. As it is a model blood bank for India and other developing nations, costs were of prime concern. Initial costs are met from bank loans and loans and sundry loans. The land was taken on lease from local Municipal Corporation. Later, these loans were re paid in given time. Since inception the blood bank run on the principal of self-sustenance where the operational costs are met by the revenue generated form service charges to patients. Impact: November 20, 2012 J ravishanker. Director Social Services. The views expressed in this article are that of the author in his personal capacity. 2012.
  5. 5. The Story of India’s Model Blood Bank 2012 As a result of Prathamas intervention in year 2000 and then onwards, a steady growth in voluntary blood donor movement has been observed in Gujarat. Now Gujarat stands at no.1 position in the country for voluntary blood donor ratio to population compared to other states. Ahmedabad, where Prathama located is no.1 city in India where the blood donor population is 3.2% of the city population. On any given day Prathama blood centre is able to keeps blood stock of 6000 blood units to meet any sort of contingencies. Prathama is having a registry of 300000 voluntary blood donors, probably the highest ever in any city of India. Prathama recognized for its contribution in reducing MMR in Gujarat by timely and safe blood supply in year 2008, and awarded by Gujarat State Council for Blood Transfusion for "Excellence in Blood Banking" in year 2009. In the same year it is awarded as No.1 blood bank in Gujarat. November 20, 2012 J ravishanker. Director Social Services. The views expressed in this article are that of the author in his personal capacity. 2012.

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