About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us

Over Six Million Indians Sign Up as Blood Donors on Facebook

by Anjali Aryamvally on January 19, 2018 at 10:27 AM
Font : A-A+

Over Six Million Indians Sign Up as Blood Donors on Facebook

More than six million Indians have signed up as blood donors on Facebook's "blood donations feature", making it the largest online blood registry in the country, Facebook's company executive reported .

"We are part of the team at Facebook that is focussed on building safe and supportive communities. We saw a lot of activity on the platform where people sought help regarding blood donation. This was our motivation to launch the initiative," Hema Budaraju, Product Manager, Health at Facebook, told IANS.


Facebook organised its 'Legendary Blood Donation Drive" event with non-profit NTR Trust in Hyderabad on Thursday.

"Our research suggested that when people have better information and tools, they are more willing to donate blood -- and it is easier for people who need blood to find donors," Budaraju added.

Since the launch of the feature, Indians have used it to post thousands of requests for blood donation on Facebook and the social media giant witnessed a lot of people finding at least one donor using the feature.

In October 2017, Facebook launched the feature in India. NTR Trust joined hands with Facebook to help bridge the gap between blood donors and patients and hosted a drive, which included more than 250 blood camps across the country.

Budaraju said blood banks and non-profits across the country were now using this feature to help raise awareness of voluntary blood donation camps.

"They create events on Facebook for their camps and nearby donors are notified of these opportunities to donate blood," Budaraju added.

She said Facebook has worked with several hospitals and firms like NTR Trust, the Federation of Indian Blood Donors Organisations (FIBDO) in Kolkata, Giants NGO and several colleges in Mumbai but "is yet to work with the government".

"By raising awareness and growing the number of blood donors in India, Facebook want to make it easier for people and organisations to give and receive blood," the Facebook executive told IANS.

People who are in need of blood can write a special post on Facebook with the information. Facebook will then notifications to the nearby donors who in turn can respond on the platform or contact the seeker on phone.

Users can also go to partner camps and donate blood, Budaraju added.

Source: IANS

News A-Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Printed Temperature Sensors help with Continuous Temperature Monitoring
Health Benefits of Giloy
Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021 - It's time to RISE
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Thalassemia Blood in Stools - Symptom Evaluation Bombay Blood Group 

Recommended Reading
Blood Donation
Blood donation is carried out when a person voluntarily agrees for blood to be drawn with the ......
Blood Donation Deferral Period for Gay Men Reduced in Canada
The five-year waiting period to donate blood was imposed in 2013 and prior to that, gay men were ......
Cord Blood Donations Could Increase by Nudging Parents
Stem cell-rich cord blood donations increased when expectant parents were nudged about the ......
World Blood Donor Day 2017: 6 Myths About Blood Donation
Only one percent of the Indian population donates blood. Breaking the myths in the minds of people ....
Blood in Stools - Symptom Evaluation
Blood in stools results from bleeding that arises from any part of the digestive tract. Causes of bl...
Bombay Blood Group
Bombay blood group is a rare blood type in which the people have an H antigen deficiency. They can r...
Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder passed on through parental genes causing the body to prod...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use