Blood Drive for Thalassaemia Patients in Mauritius

Member

Hemal Munbodh


Duration

From March 10 to May 8, 2018

Target

Collecting blood for Thalassaemia major patients who require a blood transfusion every 2-3 weeks.


Target population

200


Target avg age

40


People impacted

200


Sustainable Development Goal

Good Health and Well-Being


Development stage

Health and Wellness


Purpose

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.


Overview

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.


Actions Taken

1
Liaising with SRG
2
Liaising with SRG
3
Site Visits and drafting a 'needs report'
4
Site Visits and drafting a 'needs report'
5
Designing of posters for Facebook and Whatsapp Statuses
6
Talk on Blood Donation
7
Talk on Blood Donation
8
Talk on Blood Donation
9
Talk on Blood Donation
10
Radio Intervention
11
Radio Intervention
12
Newspaper Article on importance of blood donation
13
Engaging NGOs such as Thalassaemia Society
14
Distribution of pamphlets and flyers

Results

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


Recommendations

1. More awareness talks on Thalassaemia and blood donation should be organised
2. Window of time to operate( for maximum impact) should be increased

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