A Will is all it takes to make every drop count…

2400… Imagine a hoard of people bleeding, some injured, some beyond treatment, standing at your doorstep begging for help. Now, most of us would bend forward to help and assist them in any way we can, but what exactly happens to the same “helping” & “caring” population when a blood donation camp is organised ? Do we see help as an act rendered only at the time of need ? Or are we too lazy to pick ourselves on a  lazy Sunday afternoon, and spend about 30 min of our time on saving a life ! People across the globe donate blood on a regular basis, but we Indians have evolved to such a level of sophistication and lethargy, that despite hearing, seeing and witnessing such dire need of blood, we prefer staying at home !! Beginning on this note, I’d prefer talking about a video, which like most other cases, edged me to spell it out in front of us all.

Under the debutant directorial skills of Apoorv Aditya, a regular B.Tech student from Bhubaneshwar, India , this short film portraying Pritam Sen as “most of us”, undergoes a series of transforming events that change his notion and priorities, bringing blood donation in his top cadre of “things to do”. A rather stereotypical story-line, but a much needed concept that we all have been beating around the bush for long. This clip, apart from it’s pro-looking camera skills and direction, aptly introduces and for many of us revitalizes the spirit to “help” each other.

So, reverting to 2400.. Well, that actually is the total number of people who are injured and need blood for their survival, on a DAILY BASIS !  Out of which, 240 succumb, not to their injuries, but to our ignorance. Yes, these 240 people die due to blood shortage. And while some of you try calculating the annual toll, let me tell you it goes well above 87,000 !!images

Aren’t we as citizens, in a way responsible for these deaths ? A direct allegation can’t be imposed on us but in many ways, we are responsible for this situation. It is only when we, or someone close to us is in a dire need of blood, we happen to realize what went wrong and then starts the infinite loop of criticizing the system and our society. But what we forget is that we are the society, we are the culprits, and only we can be the rectifiers. It takes will to initiate a reform, but once done, it takes even more perseverance to sustain the idea. And so, we need to keep reminding ourselves about our personal causes as to why we’ll donate blood. Let it be emotional, logical or any irrelevant reason, as long as you try to retain the will to donate blood, you’re helping save not just one, but many lives. At the moment, you might not be donating blood, but your belief in your idea will motivate others to do so and when such an aura of social will takes form, these deaths will be nothing but a lesson learnt and mistake rectified.

People tend to offer explanations as to why they don’t donate blood, the most common being the fear of needles/ fear of seeing blood. Well, then how in the world did you get your vaccination done ? If you can hold onto a needle for your life can’t you do the same for another person ? Does life happen to have variable importance in India ? A second, more abstracted reason appears to be the in built ignorance towards this practice which has been inherited through generations. On another note, the concept of HIV was also not given much importance at first but as the deaths increased, the fear increased at a rate twice as of it. So, either we instill a fear in our hearts or we take the pains of removing this ancient yet untrue philosophy of anti-blood donation. The second option might take time and effort but when successful, our generation will at least have a satisfaction of not letting the stringent mentality pass down to our successors.

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Many such practices are in place or are in initial start up stages like the BLOOD BROTHERS that aims to call donors at the time of need instead of storing the blood that’ll not only save money but also time and blood, as only the required quantity will be acquired. Not only will it be voluntary but will also put an end to the illegal sale of blood that is currently rampant, across the nation. 

Need shouldn’t be the basis of our actions. Actions should culminate into results before the situation demands them. But, unfortunately, our country hasn’t seen much of these plans and actions in the past century but that doesn’t eliminate the ‘need’ to have a policy implementation structure that would bring the desired results which will in turn gradually rule out the possibility of death due to blood shortage. Let us try, because all great things were at some moment of time an effort of someone with an idea, let us try and change our situation, our country’s situation, and let there be an aura of dependence for the needy that we, the people of this country, are there for them, always.

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