Harness the Power of Drones: Access to Blood in Rural India

SOURCE: https://www.financialexpress.com/healthcare/healthtech/harnessing-the-power-of-drones-improving-access-to-blood-in-rural-india/3128573/

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.

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June 16, 2023

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