On the occasion of World Blood Donors Day, Transasia Bio-Medicals, India’s leading In-vitro Diagnostic Company, today unveiled ‘SAVIOUR’, a location based blood donation app, available on Google Play and App Store. The app is likely to empower those who have the resources to acquire blood but lose out on timely help due to inadequate blood bank infrastructure. It connects patients to the nearest donors, and notifies the patient in real-time on the number of donors who accept the request.
Additionally, the app sends out notifications to the registered donors on the need for blood based on their type. Reminders sent by the app, ensure that the donors do not forget about their commitment. Once a donation has been made, a donor is not advised to donate blood in the recovery period. At this time, the app goes into a precautionary dormant state, in order to ensure complete safety of the donor.
Moreover, the app makes it very convenient for donors; they just need to check-in at the nearest hospital through the app, a step that helps save time and ensure credibility. Donors are incentivised with personal goodwill points, based on the number of donations and lives saved.
Highlighting about the the features of the app, Suresh Vazirani, Chairman & Managing Director, Transasia Bio-Medicals said, “Blood donation saves millions of lives. The app is in line with our mission since inception, to make healthcare affordable and address the limited access to quality medical infrastructure for the masses. As the name rightly connotes, ‘SAVIOUR’ has been developed with a vision to empower both donors and patients and to save them from unethical practices which have led to corruption and exploitation of the needy.”
“We will invest heavily in promotion of the app to facilitate its widespread use and save as many lives as possible. I urge the healthy youth of our nation to register on the app as donors and share the light of their life,” Vazirani added.
According to WHO estimates, blood donation by 1 percent of the population is the minimum needed to meet a country’s basic blood requirements. In 2016-17, India’s blood collection fell 15 percent over previous year, or 1.9 million units short of the 1 percent benchmark. The WHO norm, however, is based on global averages and does not take into account India-specific factors and disease burden. As per Industry reports, in 2016-17, over 6.57 lakh units of blood and its products were discarded. 50 percent of the wasted units was Plasma which has a longer shelf life as compared to whole blood and red blood cells that have to be used within 35 days.