On July 18th, 2020, the Binayatara Foundation Cancer Center in Janakpurdham, Nepal, hosted a blood drive in coordination with the Red Cross Janakpurdham Branch. Throughout the day, twenty-four people donated blood with no major complications. The event was headed by our own Dr. Saurav Karna, along with the help of other BTFCC faculty.
This event is critical because blood donations save lives. Patients of all ages, whether young or old, need blood transfusions for an array of reasons. The donations received can be separated into red blood cells, plasma, and platelets for different uses. In high-income countries such as the United States, blood donation is commonplace. According to the WHO, 31.5 out of 1000 people will donate blood routinely in high-income countries. However, in low-income countries such as Nepal, only 5 out of 1000 people will routinely donate blood.
The BTF president and founder, Dr. Binay Shah says, “Low-income countries typically do not have the necessary supply of blood for patients in need, and we are hoping to be a part of that change in Nepal. Blood donations are a critical piece of maintaining the supply of blood needed for our patients, and we hope to make these donation events larger and happen every three months. Alongside the Red Cross, we know that it is possible.”