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8th July, 2017
 Paradigm shift in blood donation
India has huge population of more than 1.3 billion, but is still short of blood by 20-25%. Blood donation is a requirement of the society. All donations should be voluntary.

Blood donation camps are often organized by hospitals and NGOs. But these are whole blood donation camps.

But, now no camp should be organized for 'whole blood donation'. Instead components-only blood donation camps should be organised. One unit of blood collected can be used to help 3 to 4 patients, instead it is being wasted as whole blood depriving another patient in need. And, voluntary blood donation camps should be now called "blood component donation" camp and not just blood donation camp. So, if the blood being donated is collected in a single bag, do not give blood. Usually two component bags are used. 100 ml bags should be promoted for pediatric use.

People with rare blood groups should not donate in camps. They should instead donate only when needed.
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