Message from President
Giving blood is a uniquely powerful act. As the theme of this year's World Blood Donor Day " Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life" emphasizes, giving blood is a simple way to save a life, at the same time as demonstrating the solidarity, altruism, empathy and kindness that most of us strive to practice each and every day.
Unlike other pharmaceutical products, blood has no substitute. From plasma to platelet, white cell to red, blood cannot be replicated or synthesized. The availability of blood and blood products is wholly dependent on the kindness of voluntary, non-remunerated donors person with no family affiliation and who give their time and blood out of a sense of civic responsibility, without monetary payment.
For a woman suffering birth complications, a child with severe anemia, a person requiring urgent surgery, or a population caught in a public health crisis, regular donors can be the difference between life and death; sickness and health.
Though giving blood may be a simple way to save a life,
strengthening the systems that collect, process, disseminate,
store and transfuse blood is also a potent means of fortifying health systems more generally.
Sri Rakshapal Sahu
Message from Secretary
In a developing country like ours, most of the time, it is not possible to be in crisis for blood. The population has to be made aware of the importance of blood to the well being of the individual.
This message has to be conveyed to one and all. It is the prime mission of the Blood Donors Association to sensitize our fellow brothers about its importance. Since the existence of the Association, many activities have been organized to create awareness.
My wish is that in future every citizen between 18 to 65 years becomes a regular blood donor.
Sri Ashwini Tripathy