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Tackling a bloody issue

A Blood donation and Thalassaemia test camp was organized on SPJIMR campus on 12th January 2006 in association with NGO Citizen (Mumbai) and The Indian Red Cross Society. A total of 127 units of blood were collected, and an additional 203 blood units were collected for Thalassaemia testing.

The event was coordinated by Infracom (the Infrastructure Committee at SPJIMR). ‘We are thrilled because of the huge success of the camp. SPJIMR stands for its social initiatives apart from imparting business knowledge and today’s success exemplified this. Thanks to the enthusiasm and support of all participants, professors and admin staff for making this event a success’, said Hem Singh, PGP 2007 batch and a member of Infracom.

Apart from the blood donation camp, an awareness session on thalessaemia was also organized. The session attended by more than 150 participants was again a huge success.

Thalassaemia is a genetic disorder. A thalassaemia minor is a healthy individual who lives a normal life and hence may never come to know that s/he is a thalassaemia minor. In India there are about 50 mn thalassaemia minors. However there is a 25% chance of an offspring of two thalassaemia minor parents to be a thalassaemia major. This child will survive only of s/he is given regular blood transfusions throughout life. In addition s/he would require daily injections every day of his life. A small thalassaemia test can help one beware of any such risk and help his future generations.

The session went a long way in increasing awareness among the students and faculty. In words of Debashish Bera, a student participant of PGDBM program, “The session was nothing less than an eye opener for us. We thank Infracom for organizing such an informative session”.
– JBC Kumar Ashutosh Singh

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