Oikos Jamshedpur in collaboration with the Jamshedpur Blood Bank & Anurag Foundation has taken the initiative to launch a Virtual Blood Bank in the XLRI Campus. Oikos Jamshedpur organizes a series of blood donation camps throughout the year. However, most of the blood donated is preserved cryogenically by the hospitals rather than catering to the immediate needs of patients. Under the new project, we would be maintaining an online database of donors & their details. We also keep a track of their blood donation history & request them to donate blood on an as-needed basis. The blood donated would be used for transfusion for children suffering from Thalassemia
Oikos Jamshedpur is spearheading the effort in collaboration with Mr Ronald D’Costa who is involved with Anurag Foundation, an NGO which helps the Thalassemia patients in Jamshedpur. Many of these patients come from other parts of the state and need blood transfusion during that day only & the required blood group is not always available in the blood bank. Oikos Jamshedpur also organized a visit to the Ardheshir Dalal Memorial Hospital, Baridih, for Thalassemia affected children on the 31st of July. The visit aimed at spreading awareness about Thalassemia & how blood transfusion can save lives.
What is thalassemia?
Thalassemia is a group of inherited blood disorders that affect the body’s ability to produce hemoglobin and red blood cells. The bone marrow of people with Thalassemia does not produce enough healthy hemoglobin or red blood cells, which causes anemia and fatigue, because the body is short of oxygen. In more severe Thalassemia cases, the patient’s organs may be damaged; there is restricted growth, heart failure, liver damage, and even death.
What is the life expectancy for someone with thalassemia?
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, a patient with thalassemia trait has a normal life expectancy. Those with beta-thalassemia major, on average live 17 years and generally die before their thirtieth birthday.
Oikos Jamshedpur urged volunteers to come forward & enroll themselves as donors for this noble cause. It was heartening to see 127 volunteers pledge to donate their blood for this noble cause. The hospital visit offered the volunteers an opportunity to interact with the children whose lives we are touching. 20 volunteers visited the hospital in the first of many such visits to come as part of this project. It will also go a long way in encouraging students to donate blood for the noble cause which can help these children live a prolonged life. The event has a tremendous impact in changing the mindset of the students about thalassemia. Given that one in 5 students may be carriers of Thalassemia, the awareness levels have risen considerably & to further enhance that we will organize monthly seminars & awareness camps