Khoon is a Bangalore-based organization that is creating a database of voluntary blood donors who can help patients in the time of need. Here’s more.
Three million units – that is the reality of blood shortage in our country according to a 2012 World Health Organization (WHO) report. With a population of 1.2 billion, it is a shame that we are falling short of the required 12 million blood units annually. Lack of awareness and incorrect information or myths around blood donation in India are cited as the main reasons behind this shortfall.
It is this gap that a Bangalore-based organization called Khoon is trying to bridge.
True to the name, it is a life-saving organization working towards arranging for blood when blood banks and all other sources are not useful. Founded by a 16-year-old college student, Chethan M, the organisations’ vision is simple: “To ensure that no body dies for the want of something that is abundant in everyone’s body.”
People who are willing to become voluntary blood donors register with “Khoon” and they are contacted whenever there is a request for a particular blood group. If available, they donate! “You don’t need to be God to save lives…With over 3 million units of blood shortage in India every year, people are either dying for the want of blood or are paying exorbitant prices for a single unit. This can range from Rs. 5000- 25000, depending upon the availability or the blood type,” says Chethan.
On being asked about how he plans to sensitize more people and make them aware about this reality of blood shortage in the country, he says, “From a population of around 40-50 crore young people, if only 1-2 % start donating regularly, this shortage can be eradicated.”
It is precisely for this reason that the organization is trying to get more youngsters to register themselves as voluntary blood donors.
Already in touch with various colleges in the city, Chethan outlines some ways in which you can help. First and foremost, you can register yourself as a voluntary donor by sending your details (including your name, blood group, address, contact number, alternative contact number (if any) and your email id) to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also send the message via WhatsApp to the number +1 (267) 725-6685. At present, their operations are restricted to the garden city, but they are building their database of donors all across the country.
You can help by encouraging more people to register with Knoon. Those interested can intern with the organization or can request them to organise a blood donation camp or an awareness session as well
Chethan’s work was recently recognized by Ashoka’s Youth Venture program, an international community of young change makers.
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Find more information about the organization here.
(Written by The Goodwill Writer)