This is our new reality, and it is heartbreaking to watch as people continue to fight, or succumb to this disease. Hospitals are short on critical care facilities, and seeing the distress it has caused across the country, many individuals and organizations are stepping up to do their bit to help India become Covid-free. One such initiative has been taken up by the blood donation platform, Simply Blood.
Blood banks across the country are likely to start facing a shortage of donors as states begin rolling out Covid-19 vaccinations for those aged 18 and above. As per the guidelines, there is a restriction on donating blood for 28 days after getting vaccinated, and two doses of the vaccine would mean no donors for at least the next three months. Insufficient blood and donors would also lead to postponement of emergency surgeries.
Launched in 2017 by Kiran Verma, Simply Blood has been the go-to platform for patients with urgent blood requirements. When a person in need of blood posts a request, all donors located within a 5km radius get notified and can volunteer to donate. Since the onset of the pandemic, Simply Blood has also used its resources to help Covid-19 patients in need.
Kiran’s team connects donors with patients in need, free of charge. They also arrange for safe to and fro transportation for donors to the hospital. In the past year Simply Blood has helped save over 26,000 lives and continues to do so relentlessly. There are still thousands of people who are in need of blood, but the team is running short on finances to keep their operations running.
In January 2017, with the help of 5 other co-founders, Kiran founded Simply Blood as an android app and a website. In its first year of operation, Simply Blood helped thousands of people that were seeking for blood donors.