How a 24-Year-Old Used Social Media to Help People Get Access to Blood on Time

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Do you know in India more than 60% of the population can donate blood right, but not many people are ready to do so. Raghav Baldwa who is just 24 year old said “I wanted to help solve this problem by coming up with a channel that would make arranging blood for people easier. Raghav runs a page on Facebook named Blood Sure, through this page Raghav wants to help the patients and their families.

Raghav who is a resident of Indore was in college when he noticed how big the problem is to arrange blood when people are in need of it.

His father used to get several calls from people asking for help, as he had donated blood 70 times till date. ” Raghav said I saw that there are many blood banks who charge huge amount, he said a pint of blood costs Rs 3500 that is extremely high specially who have low-income. So, he started a Facebook page named Blood Donors of Indore.

Through his Facebook page he started motivating people to donate blood, he gathered data of frequent blood donors, putting forward the request of people looking for donors on social media platforms, he asked his friends to share their blood groups and phone numbers so that he could call them up whenever blood is required.

He started his Facebook page on September 2012. In today’s date he has changed the name of the page to Blood Sure and he has helped over 14,000 people all across the country.

Raghav also has a data bank with contact details of over 70,000 frequent donors. He collected this detail from various social media platforms, and whatsapp groups.

Whenever Raghav receives a request for blood he immediately shares it on Facebook and Twitter and tags people who he knows can help share the word. 75% of the requests are fulfilled online. Raghav personally messages or calls up donors asking them to donate in case people don’t get any responses from any donors.  He also receives contact requests from other individuals and organisations that are working towards helping people to arrange for blood. Raghav wants to launch an app with geotagging feature in future so as to help people contact the donors directly.

Raghav says that he donates blood with the purpose of solving a social problem, he himself has donated blood about 20 times.

Raghav puts up blood donation camps in colleges, company campuses etc. All the blood collected is then donated to a hospital in Indore for Thalassemia patients.

Raghav is working on two ideas which is related to organic food and patient management system for doctors.

Raghav once got a request from Sehore near Bhopal, the guy wanted to seek help for his father as he did not have much money to give the blood bank. Raghav said I shared this guy’s request on Facebook, and then I received a call from that guy as he wanted to thank me, people had actually gone to help the boy’s father. Parents of children who suffer from Thalassemia also call me up to thank me said Raghav. These are the things that keep me motivated to work even harder towards this cause and help as many people as possible.

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