Harness the Power of Drones: Access to Blood in Rural India
By Suryaprabha Sadasivan
In the realm of healthcare, the timely availability of adequate and safe blood and blood products are critical factors in saving lives. India faces a significant burden of trauma and surgical cases, a high prevalence of blood disorders, postpartum haemorrhage, and communicable diseases. In light of these, ensuring access to safe and sufficient blood becomes a fundamental need of the healthcare system. However, in India, particularly in rural areas, access to these life-saving resources remains a huge challenge due to several factors such as demand-supply gaps owing to low voluntary blood donation, absence of blood banks or fragmented and poor interconnectivity between existing blood banks, and inadequate storage infrastructure and transportation systems.