ASSOCIATION OF VOLUNTARY BLOOD DONORS, WEST BENGAL
Office : 20A Fordyce Lane, Kolkata - 700 014, INDIA
Office hours : 6 pm to 9 pm, Indian Standard Time (+5:30 GMT)
(except Sundays) Telephone : + (91) (33) 22271022, +(91) (33) 22277882
Fax : +91 33 22176677
E'mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Formation of the Association
On January 20, 1980 Association of Voluntary Blood Donors, West Bengal
was established by 89 voluntary blood donors of the state to work
exclusively for motivating people to donate blood voluntarily
to the Government Blood Banks with a view to eliminate the
trade in human misery from the country.
To motivate people to donate blood voluntarily
To create awareness in the society in science of blood and blood
To make people aware of the Safe Blood Transfusion
To conduct blood donation camps throughout the year for Government
To organise training programmes for blood donor motivators
To publish posters, booklets to promote voluntary blood donation
To motivate the donors of tomorrow
To help the Government and other regulatory bodies to frame policy
/ rules / regulations in relation to voluntary blood donation
To propagate the message of optimum utilisation of blood amongst
the blood users
To fight against the superstition and social taboos
This hundred percent voluntary organisation
is run professionally, round the clock by a group of
volunteers drawn from every walks of life who spare a fraction of their
free time in a coordinated manner. There is no paid staff in the
Philosophy of the Organisation
If people placed in life can spare a fraction of their spare time
along with the their skill for any social welfare mission in a coordinated
manner in the principle of time sharing a real voluntary organisation can do
much for the welfare of a developing country in an economic manner.
Strategies of the Organisation
All activities of the organisation revolves round the five areas :
Status of the Organisation
AVBDWB is registered under the Society Registration Act of the
country. It has acted as the consultant of World Health Organisation,
Geneva, Government of India, Government of West
Bengal. The organisation is the defacto spokesman of the
voluntary organisations related to blood donation of the country.
Gift of Blood (quarterly in English) and Rakta Rakhi
(quarterly in Bengali) are the official organs of AVBDWB.
Seminar before a blood donation camp is usually conducted to highlight
the social and medical aspects of voluntary blood donation.
Certificate Course in District
Every year three day certificate courses in the districts and
conducted throughout the state of West Bengal. Last year the course
was conducted at more than 30 centres and more than 2000 trainees
enrolled for the course. The object of the course is to train
honorary blood donor motivators away from the metropolitan cities to
recruit blood donors to meet the need of the locality.
Diploma Course at Calcutta
A diploma course (3 month duration) is conducted at Calcutta every year.
Courses with the Universities
Courses with the universities of West Bengal are conducted every year.
School Education Programme
In this programme, school children of 14+ age group are exposed to the
science of blood and blood donation since 1980. Every year
more than 100 schools are covered. Some of the children become blood
donor on attaining the age of 18. This programme has paid rich dividend as
majority of present voluntary donors are within 18-21 age group.
Master Motivator Training Programme
AVBDWB has conducted several Mater Motivator Training Programme in other
states of India in English. The participants of such programme, in turn,
are expected to conduct similar programmes in their state in their regional
language. Several states/cities like Gujarat, Orissa, Delhi, Bombay, Pune,
Andaman & Nicobar Island, Bihar, Madras and Bangalore have been covered
under this scheme.
Courses at Medical College
AVBDWB also classes seminars in the class room environment at the Medical
Colleges of West Bengal on Optimum use of Blood, Safe Blood
Transfusion for the future blood users (doctors).
The society is divided into various target groups and different kinds
of motivational techniques are used for each group. It can be
individual approach, group approach or mass approach keeping in mind
both the short term and the long term effect.
AVBDWB conducted 729 blood donation camps in 2009 and collected
50301 units of blood for Government blood banks.
Several mass blood donation camps are conducted in the city where
more than 1000 voluntary blood donors donated blood in a single camp.
Frank Worrell Day (at CAB Club House)
Football Lovers Day (at Netaji Indoor Stadium)
Rakhi Day (at Nehru Children's' Museum)
Blood Donors (10/25/50/100 times), blood donor organisations are
honoured every year on the foundation day of the Association (January 20).
For further information write to the Secretary at the above address or
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