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Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder. People with Thalassemia disease are not able to make enough haemoglobin, which causes severe anaemia. When there is not enough haemoglobin in the red blood cells, oxygen cannot get to all parts of the body. Organs then become starved for oxygen and are unable to function properly.

There are two forms of thalassemia. They are thalassemia minor and thalassemia major.

If a child is born from the parents having thalassemia minor (both of them) then it results into a thalassemia major, which is very critical for the child to survive. If a child survives for initial few years then its entire body blood is to be replaced regularly with new one. To avoid such situation, it is inevitable for the young generation to have “Thalassemia test” done before marriage. Even after marriage and before child planning this test can be done.

At present If you go for thalassemia test and you are found thalassemia minor then you can keep condition for Thalassemia check to opposite partner with whom you may have future marriage. And if you are not thalassemia minor then no need to worry about your partner and his thalassemia check.

  • To make people aware of Thalassemia.
  • To increase life expectancy and enhance the quality of life for those impacted by Thalassemia.
  • To make a positive contribution to the world of Thalassemics by arranging regular blood transfusion and aggressive management of chronic iron overload.
  • To eradicate Thalassemia from the society.
  • To campaign for blood collection for Thalassemic patients.
  • To counsel & educate Thalassemics, their families & doctors on the management of Thalassemia.
  • To create better transfusion & treatment facilities.
  • To collect funds, Equipment’s, medicines for underprivileged Thalassemic patients.
  • To create awareness among public & facilitate screening and prevention programmes for control of Thalassemia.

Many thalassemia patients depend on blood transfusions to survive and thrive, and we are so grateful to each and every blood donor and to those who organize Blood Donation Drives.

Donating blood is one of the easiest ways to help save lives. In fact, each pint of blood donated can save up to three lives! All you have to do is make an appointment at your local blood bank.

To have an even greater impact, you can organize a blood drive and invite the community to help boost the local blood supply. Every 5 seconds, someone in the India needs a blood transfusion, but unfortunately there is often a great shortage of blood available. Blood drives help to alleviate these blood shortages by providing large quantities of blood in short amounts of time.

Blood banks make the process of hosting a blood drive easy. They will bring the medical personnel and necessary equipment. You just need to find a suitable location and invite as many people as you can to sign up.  If you are planning a Blood Donation Drive, contact us by emailing contactus@llrfindia.org so we can share the event details with the community.

Why Donate Blood

  • The most precious gift that one can give to another person is the gift of life i.e. blood. It is the essence of life.
  • Your blood saves more than one life when it is separated into its components (red blood cells, plasma etc.).
  • Blood is needed regularly for patients with diseases such as thalassemia and hemophilia, and also for the treatment of injuries after an accident, major surgeries, anemia, etc.
  • It improves your health.

Benefits of Donating Blood

Less likely to suffer diseases

  • Did you know that people who donate blood are 88% less likely to suffer a heart attack and 33% less likely to acquire any type of cardiovascular disease.
  • When you donate blood, it removes 225 to 250 milligrams of iron from your body, hence reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • Blood Centre performs numerous tests on the donated blood. Therefore, regular blood donation helps in shielding you from serious diseases.

Facts About Blood

  • One unit of donated blood can save up to three lives.
  • You can donate blood every three months. It only takes 48 hours for your body fluids to be completely replenished.
  • Scientists have estimated the volume of blood in the human body to be eight percent of body weight.
  • There are 100,000 miles of blood vessels in an adult human body.
  • A red blood cell can make a complete circuit of your body in 30 seconds.
  • White blood cells make up about 1% of your blood.

Statistics about Blood

  • According to a 2012 World Health Organisation (WHO) report, only nine million units are collected annually, while the need is for 12 million units.
  • Delhi NCR alone faces a shortage of 100,000 units per year.
  • The shelf-life of donated blood is 35 to 42 days. There is a constant need to replenish stocks in our blood banks.
  • Healthy donors are between the age of 18 to 65 years.
  • Statistics show that there are 234 million major operations in India, 63 million trauma-induced surgeries, 31 million cancer-related procedures and 10 million pregnancy related complications which require blood transfusions.

Before You Donate

  • Donating blood is a safe, simple, and rewarding experience that usually takes 30 minutes.
  • To donate blood, find a blood bank near you using Nearby Blood Bank Search.
  • Requirement before Blood Donation is that your weight should be at least 45 kgs, be at least 18 years old and be healthy in general.

If you have any particular health concerns then inform the blood bank at the time of blood donation.