I am quite sure many of us reading this article are quite apprehensive when it comes to voluntary blood donation. Well and why shouldn't we be. The innumerable news that we get to read and hear about the illegal blood market in India often makes us question whether the blood we are donating would actually serve its purpose of philanthropy or would trade in taking advantage of somebody's dire condition.
In March 2014, public interest litigation filed in Ahmedabad, Gujarat revealed that the local blood banks had earned up to $1.9m by selling blood components. The blood were collected for free from voluntary donors but rather than sharing the stocks for free with poor hospitals, they had profited handsomely. [Source-Money Control]
India being a population of 1.2 billion people with large number of blood camps organized in every sector be it school, college or offices, still there is a massive shortage of Blood supply in India. According to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report India needs 12 million units of blood out of which only 9 million units are collected annually.
One of the most shocking facts about blood donation is that even though we have crisis in blood supply. In the last five years over 2.8 million precious units of blood and its components were discarded by blood banks across the country , exposing serious loopholes in the nation's blood banking system. [Source-Times Of India]
This shortage of blood supply can be attributed to a number of factors. India lacks a central system of blood collection agency. There is an online system where the banks across the country are required to update their blood stock status real time, this feature however is not fully utilized. Many a times the blood donation camps collect blood, more than what is required due to lack of proper data. Another problem faced by the blood banks is the lack of proper storage facility. Also there is an absence of a strong blood sharing network between banks and hospitals leading to failure in serving their purpose. There is a lack of processing and testing units especially in government hospitals, as such the whole blood has to be transfused to patients instead of their components, which leads to wastage of blood. This is commonly prevalent in rural areas often contributing to other disease in patients.
Considering the grimace situation of Indian blood market, a group of techies have developed a mobile application, MillionGenie to tackle the above mentioned issues. The main aim of this application is to serve the people in dire need of blood transfusion. Users across India can register themselves as a donor and help save somebody's precious life real time. One can also raise live blood request in emergency situations. In almost a short span of one year MillionGenie has served more than 1000 blood requests all over India. Not just forming a common platform for blood donors and recipients across India but their aim is to formulate central blood collection system thereby laying the foundation of robust blood collection system between banks and hospitals.
Download MillionGenie app today and register yourself as one of the donor because no act is as selfless as the act of saving somebody precious life.