August was a month of plenty in Bangalore - at least as far as blood is concerned. Unfortunately, still several blood donation camps are not carefully planned keeping in mind the demand of blood. When the colleges reopen after the summer vacation, there are several institutions who express desire to conduct camps.
Last month we cross the 1000 mark for the number of blood units being transfused to patients suffering from thalassemia across the state of Karnataka.
Sankalp India Foundation, Bangalore, Think Foundation, Mumbai and We Care Trust, Mumbai collaborated with Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital,Mumbai and had started a Bone Marrow Transplantation Project at Mumbai for Thalassemia patients coming from financially poor background.
After the end of a long busy day as I sat to look at some videos, I got a call from Dr Reshma. She informed me that a child who is taking treatment at our centre needed an urgent appendicectomy – removal of his appendix which had become infected and inflamed. It was a Saturday night.
When I walked up the stairs of Samraksha today I realised that a little girl was peeping down from the stairs. The look in her eyes told me that she was waiting for me. I shared the usual pleasantries with the family and walked across a hall full of children and parents straight to the doctor's room.
Project Samraksha, the Thalassemia Day Care Centre at Rashtrotthana Parishat celebrated the World Thalassemia Day on the 8th May 2016. The event was eagerly awaited and carefully planned by the children themselves.
Sankalp India Foundation together with KLES Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital and Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College start a thalassemia day care centre in Belgaum
Sankalp Program for Thalassemia Management took a leap forward on 5th May 2016 with the inauguration of the 'Jai Shivshakti Center for Thalassemia Management' at KLES Dr.
"The 13th Anniversary Program of Sankalp India Foundation was celebrated at Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Hospital Auditorium on 21 May 2016."
The event was an occasion for everyone involved to get together, review the work done in the last year, plan for the year to come and thank those who made it possible.
Indira Gandhi Institute of child Health celebrated the World Thalassemia Day on 29 April 2016
28 April 2016 , Bangalore
KSBTC permits transfer of blood between blood banks as per National Blood Transfusion Council guidelines
“Bulk transfer of blood between blood banks of all sectors permitted by NBTC” was published in the Volume 6 Issue 4 of Sankalp Patrika. The good news is that at least the State Government of Karnataka has accepted the guideline issues by NBTC in its totality in the Second Meeting of the Technical Expert Committee of KSBTC help on 11 March 2016.
As little children, we all looked forward eagerly to the summer holidays. For the team at Project Samraksha and the school-going children who come for treatment there, the anticipation for the summer holidays is just the same, however for a different reason.
by Dr Reshma Shrinivas, Medical Officer In-charge, Project Samrkasha Thalassemia Day Care, Rashtrotthana Parishat, Bangalore
The decision whether to undergo BMT might be a difficult one for many families and patients.