Blood Drive for Thalassaemia Patients in Mauritius
From March 10 to May 8, 2018
Collecting blood for Thalassaemia major patients who require a blood transfusion every 2-3 weeks.
Target avg age
Sustainable Development Goal
Good Health and Well-Being
Health and Wellness
This project sought to regroup all stakeholders for a successful awareness culminating in a massive blood donation. Throughout this endeavour, the Mauritian population realised the importance of donating blood. It presents interesting health benefits to the donor: reduced risk of cancer and heart-related diseases, decreases levels of stress and fosters a sense of emotional wellbeing.
Our collaboration with Thalassaemia Society meant that the project had a specific purpose- that of supporting Thalassaemia patients in every sense of the word. Not only will the project have delivered on supplying blood to those in need but it raised awareness on the disease. The idea was to create a forum of discussion on Facebook whereby patients could relate their experiences and feel supported. Our awareness campaign was also focused on prevention with emphasis on the underlying genetic causes leading to Thalassaemia.
After careful evaluation conducted by the team, a report was drafted. It comprised of projects, the selected local NGOs, wanted to proceed with and their estimated costs. Finally, SRG decided to fund a blood drive in collaboration with Thalassaemia Society.
Thalassaemia is a rare genetic disease characterised by abnormal haemoglobin formation. In severe cases, a patient will require a blood transfusion every 2-3 weeks; hence the need for hosting a blood drive.
Extensive advertisement followed.
On the 8th of May, marking the World Thalassamia Day, the blood drive was organised. There was a 100 attendees with 80 being able to donate blood.
The project was deemed a success. It set the right collaboration culture whereby actors from the public sector(National Blood Transfusion Service), private sector and the Civil Society were regrouped to work hand-in-hand towards a common goal.
1.number of pints received: 80
2.Attendees(/only donors): 100
3.Helpers and Project members: 20
This includes SRG employees and members of JCI Curepipe
4.Number of people becoming aware of Thalassaemia: 5000
Through radio and Facebook campaign, distribution of flyers and pamphlets and awareness talk
1. More awareness talks on Thalassaemia and blood donation should be organised
2. Window of time to operate( for maximum impact) should be increased