Aarohi Blood Bank ( ABB ) has undertaken to pursue and provide Blood Components free of charge to 200 children affected by Thalassemia every month throughout the year. In India, every year 10,000 new cases of Thalassemia are added. Of these, about 80 to 90 % of the babies born die within a few years of birth. A child with Thalassemia needs Regular Blood Transfusion every 3 to 4 weeks throughout its life to survive which is provided by Aarohi, located in Hyderabad, India, Free of Charge.
Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder. A child with Thalassemia develops anemia. Detection and proper treatment of this anemia is very important for the life of the child. Treatment of Thalassemia is either Bone marrow transplant (difficult and expensive procedure) or with regular Blood Transfusion. A child with Thalassemia requires blood every 15 to 20 days for his/her survival. This perennial requirement is very difficult for the poorer section of the society and they need financial support
Aarohi caters to the perennial and most needy segment - Thalassemia children free of charge. Blood is sourced by encouraging Voluntary Blood Donation either at the Blood Bank or by Blood Donation Drives which are held at Corporate offices, Institutes, Community Centers etc. At the time of the camp an awareness about Thalassemia as well as importance of Voluntary Blood Donation is created by talking and distributing literature to the Donors. This helps these children get Blood - their Life line
Creating an Awareness of Thalassemia and importance of Voluntary Blood Donation is done regularly at camps and to all people who come with the requirement of Blood at the Blood Bank. By creating an awareness of Thalassemia, the susceptible groups are encouraged to get themselves tested for detecting the carrier state of this Genetic Disorder. This will help prevent a child with Thalassemia Major being born. WHO goal of making Blood Donation 100% Voluntary is the Goal of Aarohi.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).