Mangalore: smsindia4blood.com - Connecting People Through Blood
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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (NM)
Mangalore, Jun 16: After five years of thorough research and hard work, with a stable database of more than 6,000 blood donors, the pioneers of www.smsindia4blood.com made a formal announcement about the social initiative at press meet here on Saturday June 16.
The mobile and online service connects donors and those in need of blood, said Ananth Prabhu, a young engineer, who along with Parithosh Vyas has set up www.smsindia4blood.com, a social initiative aimed at fulfilling the need for blood, especially rare groups, and enhancing the blood bank system.
The donor has to first register on the website. A person in need of blood has to initiate the process by sending an SMS to a dedicated number. This SMS then does a realtime database search of people with that blood group, and prospective donors are informed with the details of the patient and their next-in-kin’s contact details. The donor can then call the person and proceed further, he explained.
This enables every citizen to utilize the system in case of emergency, Ananth Prabhu said. "In this venture, we raise funds through merchandise. Anyone who is interested in supporting our venture can order souvenirs such as T-shirts and coffee mugs with our logo on it. The entire amount generated by selling these items will go towards this cause’, Prabhu informed.
There are eight members in the advisory board providing full-time service, he said.
Raghavendra Shetty was present at the press meet.
To place a request for blood through SMS, one has to type SMSBLOOD (space) CITYNAME (space) BLOODGROUP to 56767500. For example SMSBLOOD MANGALORE APOSITIVE.