April 2014 345

Indian Blood banks Organized and yet complicated

India, a country which has an enormous growth in population and economy both, still suffers the shortage of blood leaving several questions. Unlike western countries, voluntary blood donations in the country reflect abysmal figures. Some modern blood banks in the country have arisen and have come a long way in filling this gap and improving the awareness and importance of voluntary blood donations. In this light, this issue is an attempt to highlight the current state of blood banking in the country with a focus on the operations of NABH, standalone blood banks & most modern blood bank. The objective of the story was to find out about perceptions of the medical professionals about the process of blood donation and blood banks.

Today, efficient blood banking requires around 30-40 big regional blood centers, which facilitates world class, economical and provide safe blood components to meet the requirements of blood of the entire region. The need is to set up a nationwide network of regional blood centers that are capable of collecting, processing, testing, storing and distributing maximum number of units of blood per annum.

Ever wondered, why India tops global list of 1st day deaths of infants? or why India accounts for 20% of all maternal deaths worldwide? Today we witness , almost 2 million children under the age of 5 dying every year and another 1 million being disabled for life. It is time to pause and ponder over the health of our children. What makes our children so vulnerable? We talk to the President of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics to know more about the initiatives taken to scale down this unacceptable figures that put us to shame. This issue also focuses on the most common birth defect – Congenital Heart Disease.

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