SMS Now ! A Life Depends on it.

SMS Now ! A Life Depends on it.

India
Project Stage:
Scaling
Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Blood. When you need it. When you wish to donate it.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

As you read this a patient may be critically ill. Whether he lives or dies depends on whether a unit of blood of the right type is available. India and the world is always facing a shortage of blood. People have to run from pillar to post for a unit of blood in their own city or some other city where they go for treatement. At times a patient dies for want of blood. And then there are unscrupolous elements who sell blood for money. Indianblooddonors.com is a community of blood donors in india which help patients who need blood.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Indianblooddonors.com is a database of Voluntory blood donors. Donors who wish to donate blood can register on the helpline through the website and also by sending an SMS to +919665500000 in a specific format . When patients need blood donors , they have to send a single sms and they will be connected to a Voluntory blood donors in their city. The services of the helpline and blood donors in free of cost.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

A Patient admitted to the Railway Hospital Perambur need blood donors. He has come from another state and needs blood donors. He know no body in this city who can help him . The medical staff at the hospital tell him how to send a sms in a particular format to a number. He sends the sms and he is connected to a blood donor in the city. He call up the blood donors who agrees to donate blood to the patient. He SMS'es again for another donor....
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Indianblooddonors.com was born in 1999 . In 2005 other websites came up which have come up which are databases of blood donors. But they do not realise the people cannot access websites in case of emergencies. Especially the common man does not know much about the internet. Mobile devices are accessible by everyone. Anybody can send an SMS and can be connect to a blood donor.
Team

Founding Story

This Doctor has killed my wife ! It was the month of September 1994, my grandmother had a fall and went into coma. She was admitted into Indira Gandhi Medical College, Nagpur. One day at about 3.30 in the early morning, there was a huge commotion in the female ward. Relatives of a patient were bashing up the resident doctor in the ward. On enquiring from one of them he told me "he has killed my wife". I asked the doctor as to what had happened. He told me that he had asked the patients relatives to arrange for 2 units of blood as the lady's Heamoglobin count was very low. They could not arrange for donors and hence the transfusion could not be done and the patient passed away due to a cardiac arrest. This incident left a huge impact on me. 1999 was the DOT Com era. One day i was surfing the Internet and I realised that i could use the Internet to bridge the gap between a blood donor and a patient who needs blood. This was my Aha moment.
About You
Organization:
We work as Individuals and are in the process of forming an Org.
About You
First Name

Khushroo

Last Name

Poacha

About Your Organization
Organization Name

We work as Individuals and are in the process of forming an Org.

Organization Country
Country where this project is creating social impact

, MM

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Innovation
How long have you been in operation?

Operating for more than 5 years

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Cost.

Social Impact
Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

Our systems are set for indinablooddonors.com . Registration of blood donors can be done through the website as well as by sms. We want to know replicate the helpline all over the country. i.e. As of today the donors database can be access only through one number. We want to localise it. i.e. NGOs, Volunteers will run our application on Mobile phones. And we will have multiple helplines running all across the country. This brings complete sustainability. The system grows on its own.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Indianblooddonors.com has saved thousands of lives at the cost of a single sms.

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

We want to reach every small village and city.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

We dont see any barriers. Our project is a success and self sustaining.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Creat an application which will be a helpline similar to the one which we are running.

Task 2

Replicate it in 5 major indian cities Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi.

Task 3

Create awareness in Hospitals in the above 5 cities.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Replicate the application in the 5 cities and have more than 1 helpline in the same city.

Task 2

Create awareness in Hospitals in the above 5 cities.

Task 3
Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

We dont have any partnerships. There are many NGOs who are using our helpline to help others.

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?

No Indianblooddonors.com is completely focussed towards india. We are ready to replicate the model if any body is interested to run it in any other country.

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

We are ready to help replicate the model in any other country.

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