Receiving Blood – an SMS away
Thanks to a newly-activated service run by Nagpur-based Khushroo Poacha, who also runs e-social service website indianblooddonors.com, getting a unit of blood is just an SMS away. “It doesn’t matter where you are, a donor will come to the hospital nearest to you to offer his blood. And there is no money involved,” said Poacha, who launched the SMS service on Sunday.
“I was really worried when the hospital authorities told me O- is a rare group, which is often out of stock. I sent an SMS, and received the donor’s contact info within a minute,” said Jasani, who managed to contact five donors in just a day.
It all started eight years ago, when Nagpur-based Khushroo Poacha set up indianblooddonors.com. Poacha says he found his “true calling” after seeing harried relatives of patients running around trying to arrange for blood.
But Poacha was still not happy with the results. At an IIM meet where he was invited to give a talk on social entrepreneurship, students raised two simple issues that set Poacha thinking. “One, the Internet is not accessible to everyone. Two, sustainability without funding,” said Poacha, who then came up with the idea of the SMS helpline.