Initiative for Better Blood Banking (IBBB)

Sankalp India Foundation has been existing as a blood donor organization for the past 7 and a half years now. Time and again, it has had to redefine it’s ways of working so as to put the best practices and methods available to improve the services it offered both to the common man and the people from the blood banking community.

Sankalp’s Blood Donation Organization worked majorly in 3 diverse areas related to blood - Working towards providing timely help during blood emergencies, Networking of blood banks to have a statewide helpline number for blood in Karnataka and Organizing safe, quality oriented blood donation drives. With these working wings, the organization had been able to work with the best specialists and from the medicos banking community. These blood experiences have greatly helped in shaping the organization’s perspective of blood banking practices and methodologies.

After having shifted gears from Bangalore to Karnataka, the challenge with Sankalp was to provide a platform for sharing of knowledge and information among the blood banking workforce in the 150+ blood banks across the state. Sankalp India Foundation is pleased to announce the arrival of this platform - The Initiative For Better Blood Banking (IBBB).

IBBB now is officially the 4th working wing under Sankalp Blood Donation Organization. Formed with a sole purpose of improving blood banking practices in the our country by embracing latest technological advances and adopting various improved solutions to address challenges faced in blood banking, IBBB will focus on both theoretical and practical learning.

IBBB will work towards conducting workshops, seminars, scientific studies, sharing of useful general updates in blood banking practices through frequent interactions with the best transfusion specialists.

Sankalp India Foundation would pick up topics and studies that are both relevant and practical to modern day blood banking and look to conduct learning programmes, studies on these topics. Each such initiative will be headed by a senior blood transfusion specialist and look to work in a time bound manner. Also, one volunteer from Sankalp India Foundation will be closely involved in order to understand and assist the expert.

One of the first activities that will be driven under the banner of IBBB will be a workshop that will be held in June 2011. Through this medium, Sankalp wishes to call on all the blood banks to participate and contribute in the success of IBBB.

Another program that has been kicked off under the banner of the IBBB is a study on various types of reactions faced by donors after having donated blood and the causes for the same. In blood donation drives, volunteers from Sankalp will be looking to capture a complete profile from the doctor who handled the pre donation counselling, coming down to the near accurate reason for a reaction after donating blood should be possible. A profiling of all such reactions encountered would be carried out under appropriate guidance of a senior blood transfusion specialist in Bangalore in order to try and identify the most common reasons and then work towards mitigating such risks.

This IBBB venture will be highly effective to improve quality in blood banking provided members from the blood banking community participate and co-operate in these activities. Sankalp India Foundation requests all blood banks to join hands for better, safer, effective and quality focused blood banking.