Bloodline was started in 2007 sighting the lack of awareness among people in this part of the country regarding the importance of blood donation. It was a major challenge since the situation was further hampered by the low literacy rate and the backward economy of this region. Even before man understood the true nature of blood and its functions, the importance of blood for the human body remained disputed. One simple reason for this was the basic understanding that excessive loss of blood can cause death. But unlike old times when a serious injury, AIDS or a pregnancy complication would mean certain death, the improvement in blood preservation technology has made it possible to transfuse blood from a healthy person to one in need even if a donor with the same blood group isn’t readily available. However, even today, the demand exceeds the available preserved blood mostly due to lack of voluntary donations owing to little awareness and misconceptions about safe blood donations. One of the most ambitious and unique projects by a student run NGO, “Bloodline” is a voluntary blood donation society under Fast Forward India. Bloodline caters to the needs of blood transfusion of people residing in Dhanbad and adjacent areas. Our aim is to spread awareness about voluntary blood donations and to encourage people towards doing it regularly. In India, the annual collection of blood is only 5.5-6 million units against the requirement of about 8.5 million units. It is sad that if only 3% of India's eligible population regularly donates their blood, there will be no shortage of blood and its components in blood banks. This would mean that a significant number of deaths could be avoided if people donate blood regularly and voluntarily so that safe blood is always available. But the main reason behind this sadistic situation is the unawareness, myths and misconceptions that are still obsessing the minds of Indian people even in the 21st Century.
No one shall die in Dhanbad for the want of Blood. This has been our motto since the inception of Bloodline. To achieve this, our current objective is to register at least 1,000 new donors in a year by means of donor motivation, promotion of the concept of Voluntary Blood Donation and by repeating Regular Voluntary Blood Donation campaigns.
At the start of each academic session, Bloodline conducts a presentation and a survey among all the students, faculty members, security guards and other individuals of ISM and collects the contacts, blood group and other relevant details of all those who are interested to donate blood. When any blood request comes, the database is referred to and an individual with required blood group is contacted for blood donation. One of the volunteers accompanies the donor and ensures a safe donation process.
Blood camps are organized once every three months. A number of students from ISM Dhanbad voluntarily donate blood in these camps.
Team Bloodline regularly visits the schools of Dhanbad and its nearby villages giving important information about blood donations. Although this isn’t a very attractive prospect for the short term, we expect it to reap dividends in the longer run when these kids grow up to be civilized citizens of the country. Inculcating these qualities in the children at an early stage should prove important in realizing our long term vision.
For spreading awareness among the general public and for motivating them for blood donation, Nukkad Natikas (street plays) are organized. The Nukkad Natak team comprising of boys and girls perform Nukkad Nataks during the camps. Special Nukkad Nataks are performed in the slums, at Dhanbad railway station and other important places.
Jharkhand State AIDS Control Society (JSACS) has awarded Bloodline as the best Voluntary Blood Donation Society of Dhanbad.
Awareness level of Dhanbad public has gone up significantly with regular awareness programs and nukkad nataks organized resulting in a rise in voluntary blood donations.
With the consistent efforts of Bloodline, the number of donors in PMCH blood bank has gone up from 500 donors per year in 2005 to 2500 donors per year in 2010. This has also resulted in considerable improvement in the hygienic condition of the blood bank.
ASER- Surveying organizations surveyed around 30 villages in Dhanbad district. It was done by us, Bloodline volunteers on their behalf.
Apart from blood camps, cases are regularly handled by our volunteers.
Red Cross Society acknowledges Bloodline. Since 2011, we have received trophies for organizing blood camps with highest no. of donations.
Awarded for highest no of voluntry blood donation in a single day from dhanbad district.
Bloodline is awarded by Indian Red Cross Society, Dhanbad in association with Voluntary Blood Donors’ Association (VBDA) of Jharkhand on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on January 23, 2014.
You Can Be A Donor !!!!!
DOs and DON'Ts of blood donation:
In order to ensure safe and health environment to both donors as well as recipients, we greatly recommend to follow the below rules:
DO donate blood, only if you satisfy all of the following conditions
You are between age group of 18-60 years.
Your weight is 45 kgs or more.
Your hemoglobin is 12.5 gm/ml minimum.
Your last blood donation was 3 or more months earlier.
You are healthy and have not suffered from malaria, typhoid or other transmissible disease in the recent past.
DO NOT donate blood, if you have any of the following conditions
You’ve had cold or fever in the past 1 week.
You are under treatment with antibiotics or any other medication.
You have cardiac problems, hypertension, epilepsy, diabetes (on insulin therapy), history of cancer, chronic kidney or liver disease, bleeding tendencies, veneral disease etc.
You’ve underwent major surgery in the last 6 months.
You have undergone vaccination in the last 24 hours.
You have had a miscarriage in the last 6 months or have been pregnant / lactating in the last one year.