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Tip of the Week #4: Time to Bleed

by Nadya Zhexembayeva on 26th October, 2010 at 3:59 PM CEST

A very small miracle happened to me last week. The kind of miracle you come back to in wonder. A former US classmate, Latha Poonamallee, posted a message on Facebook: "6 units of A+blood required every day for the next 9 days 12 hours at Kidwai Institute ofOncology, Bangalore. Please contact Ganesh - it's for his brother who has blood cancer. Please paste this on your profile for a day or two, someone might be able to help!" 

And in the comfort of my Slovenian office, so I did. Within a few hours, in India, a fellow Challenge:Future community member, Jatin Kataria, called the number provided, verified the story, and started posting, emailing, and calling with this same simple message: "Hey Blood requited A+ve : Its confirmed as I talked with the person, Ganesh, his brother need blood as he is patient of cancer... Kidwai Institute of Oncology, Bangalore...Its true, I personally confirmed .... Give your best shot Bangalore people to inform yr frds n family...need your help."

What unfolded in front of my eyes is not only a miracle of connection, care, and trust, but a very honest reminder of the fragility of the human life. This miracle is full of good news: there is lots we can do, it may take a few words on a keyboard, or a few hours at the blood station. Change is simple.

And blood is the subject of today's TOW - as we invite you to bleed regularly and for a good reason!

Blood transfusion saves lives and improves health, but millions of patients needing transfusion do not have timely access to safe blood. Did you realise that one out of every 10 people entering a hospital needs blood and every second about 5 people in the world need a transfusion? In 2010,  there will be about 100 million donations all over the world but not even near to the demand as 1% of the population (10 per 1000 people) is generally the minimum required to meet the basic need for blood.

While the need for blood is universal, there is a major imbalance between developing and developed countries in the level of access to safe blood. 65% of all blood donations are made in developed countries, home to just 25% of the world's population. In 73 countries, donation rates are still less than 1% of the population (the minimum needed to meet basic needs in a country).

Interesting facts about blood and blood donation:

•  There is no substitute for human blood

•  Blood makes up about 7% of your body’s weight

•  A newborn baby has about one cup of blood in his or her body

•  There are 4 main blood types: A, B, AB and 0. AB is the universal recipient and 0 negative is the universal donor. Blood centers often run short of type 0 and B.

•  Shortages of all types of blood occur during the summer and winter holidays

•  Anyone who is in good health, at least 16 years old, and weights at least 50 kg may donate blood every 56 days.

So, what can we do? 

First, we can explore more information on World Health Organisation and Red Cross

Second, find a blood donating venue next to you. To make sure you have a courage for the first time, make a party out of it - may be your next birthday party could be a blood donating party? 

Third, stick to it. It might be your particular ritual or something you do at your school or company. Make a blood donation day fixed on your calendar. It is simple.

Wishing you a bright red day,


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Jude Christoper  Roxas

Jude Christoper Roxas | Action team | CF Chapters

When i found this link on Facebook, I immediately remembered the first time i donated blood. It was i guess last September when many of us were invited by the Philippine Regional Red Cross to donate blood for the blood bank, but only few people responded to the invitation and answered the call of helping other people.

At first, I was nervous that time, so i asked some of my friends if they have their own experiences already of donating blood. Some of them said that they don't have any experience yet but many of them told me how great it is to donate blood and that gave me more fuel to drive away fears-and-what-nots and to continue my decision of donating blood for the first time (you can actually view my journal here and my friends' answers and some inspirational messages there from their words and thoughts: journal/35291888/)

And you know what? I went to the school's nursing laboratory had my initial check up and then waited for my turn for donation. well, i actually went to donate first. hehe. It was shocking that i was not able to feel any sting-like feelings when the big needle was inserted in my veins. then, everything went good. no. GREAT! REALLY GREAT! :D

and you know what? i also wore our C:F Shirt that time and that was so meaningful for me =)

and me and my 2 classmates signed to donate blood every three montsh =)

26th October, 2010 @ 5:47 PM CEST

Jude Christoper  Roxas

Jude Christoper Roxas | Action team | CF Chapters

and btw, thanks for sharing this too! =) thanks for always inspiring us :D

26th October, 2010 @ 5:52 PM CEST

Sayanee Basu

Sayanee Basu | Action team | CF Chapters

Go go C:F India!! Many Thanks to Jatin and Latha for spreading the word! And Jude... aaawww you wore the C:F t-shirt for your blood donation :):)

I admit... I have never donated blood. And I intend to make this my next year's goal. Every healthy person has the ability of a give of life!

26th October, 2010 @ 6:09 PM CEST

Dan Croitoru

Dan Croitoru

Hey Jude,

Thanks for sharing your story with us. Really inspiring. I remember when you told us about donating blood in your C:F T-Shirt. That is something to remember :)

If you have more inspiring stories, please share them with us.


C:F fan

26th October, 2010 @ 6:37 PM CEST

Saad Khan

Saad Khan | Action team | CF Chapters

Jatin with people like you i think humanity still has a chance in future :) go boy

26th October, 2010 @ 8:07 PM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

TOW 4 is surprise for me.. thanks for kind words everyone..
selfless love & Act of kindness, thats what we are right .. !!

Nice work Jude.. Yes Dan donating blood, wearing C:F t-shirt is inspiring. :)

@sayanee: Go go go..!! ;) yes dear.. we are on wayyy to fold the better future..

@saad: ppl like us buddy, i still remember yr speech at IEDC.. :)

In India Blood donations camps are very common... still people are facing problem of getting blood not because of shortage .. I will explain through mail as its difficult to explain here... I need your help to make operational model for proper utilization of blood donated by people.. !!

26th October, 2010 @ 10:50 PM CEST

Kayode Nubi

Kayode Nubi | Action team | CF Chapters

"Life begets life" - a saying that I always took for procreation /birth/. This has however given me another perspective.

Cheers C:F

27th October, 2010 @ 9:10 AM CEST

Tanja Mozetic

Tanja Mozetic

My experience with blood donation came on my 18th birthday when I donated for the first time...this was my gift to me when I got my adult status! :) it was scary but nevertheless a great experience that has since then occured for 5 times!
Great work that helps people!


p.s. thank you Dan for raising this topic!

27th October, 2010 @ 11:11 AM CEST

Nadya Zhexembayeva (Management)

Nadya Zhexembayeva (Management)

yay to all! Isn't it amazing that such a simple thing as blood donation can do so much! What is striking to me is the statistics about so called "developing" and "developed" countries...I have never seen an actual call to blood donation when living in Kazakhstan, but it is absolutely normal in US and, we need to figure out how to make it the 'normal' part of life... :) big cheers to all!

27th October, 2010 @ 11:36 AM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

When schools, colleges, NGOs etc will do it regularly... it will be normal part of life..

during my engg days and MBA days we use to organize blood donataion camp, AT LEAST ONCE in a year.. successful donation of blood: 2000 bottles in a day... thats what needed..

even government is also proactive they use to publish ads in print as well as digital media about blood donation camps..

27th October, 2010 @ 1:38 PM CEST

Saad Khan

Saad Khan | Action team | CF Chapters

i dont know why but these days people hvae been made scared about blood donations by the media. At least i see this in my own country. A dew drops of blood wouldnt really matter. I Give blood every year. Although its advisable that if you are a donor you should at least keep a gap of % months before donating blood again. But i think we can write on this too. What do you say Jatin?

27th October, 2010 @ 9:03 PM CEST

Yen Ching  Liew

Yen Ching Liew | Action team

I'm one of the many who are very scared to donate blood :O
There is a strong urge in the heart to do so, just that i'm very very scared :S
However, this story is definitely encouraging and touching, thanks Nadya and Jatin for sharing ... Life's so wonderful with people like you to be around and inspiring us :)

28th October, 2010 @ 7:25 AM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

Anyone can donate your blood after every 3 months...
Nice idea Saad,... we can write FAQ about Blood donation...

@ Yen: thanks, I guess we all are enjoying each other's company.. --- Next time wen u have opportunity - try to donate... Don't fear !!

28th October, 2010 @ 8:10 AM CEST

Sayanee Basu

Sayanee Basu | Action team | CF Chapters

@Yen Ching: I think you and me need to buddy up for a regular blood donation drive in Singapore :)

28th October, 2010 @ 9:26 AM CEST

Sivasankar Ramasubramanian

Sivasankar Ramasubramanian

@Jatin - This really is amazing work man.

I mean though I was at the conference and most of you are really good friends of mine.. I never really let out that I have a genetic bleeding disorder (haemophilia). The treatment is replacement of proteins derived from blood. So to me, people who donate blood have always been people I honour above everyone else.

It is the ultimate act of donate a part of your existence to someone.

Hats of Jatin.

28th October, 2010 @ 12:32 PM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

I salute your spirit towards LIFE Shiv.. TAke care of your self .. !!
I love your positive attitude and you are always special for/to future... :)

n ya Thanks..

30th October, 2010 @ 5:55 AM CEST

Maulik Makwana

Maulik Makwana

proud of u jatin......... luv uuuuu.

31st October, 2010 @ 1:16 PM CEST

Nadya Zhexembayeva (Management)

Nadya Zhexembayeva (Management)

@Saad - so true, there is a negative story about blood donation walking around... we have to figure out how to speak about it as a normal part of life :)

@Yen Ching - I am with you, still scared every time

@Shiv - so cool that you don't let anything stop you

so, here is a thought - how about we decide on a month when C:F donates blood, and collect photos of everyone doing it?

6th November, 2010 @ 12:08 PM CEST

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