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HindustanTimes Thu,02 Oct 2014

Saving lives one app at a time

Nanki Singh, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 02, 2014
First Published: 13:34 IST(2/8/2014) | Last Updated: 13:39 IST(2/8/2014)

Global Shapers Chandigarh Hub launched a free Android mobile application, BloodDonor.me, that serves as an online blood bank and aims to eliminate the gap between demand and supply of blood, saving precious lives not only in the tricity, but across India and soon around the world.

The idea was the brainchild of The Chandigarh Shapers Hub curator Munish Jauhar, who along with fellow Chandigarh Shapers and bright minds at their technology partner Gray Cell Technology Exports brought the concept to life. “We felt there was a need for an online platform to facilitate blood donation. All of us have mobile phones and an app is the easiest way to connect with people,” says Munish Jauhar.

Another Shaper Jaideep Bansal says, “There is a huge disconnect between those who need blood and those willing to donate. We have seen requests being floated on Facebook/WhatsApp but that too is very limited.

Blooddonor.me will allow willing blood donors to register on the app and people in need can check for available donors, using locationbased analytics to find donors closest to your location.” Statistics reveal that over 4 crore units of blood are required each year in India. Only 8 out of 1,000 people donate blood, which leads to a huge amount of shortage.Blooddonor.me has been downloaded by over 500 users in just a couple of weeks.

The feedback has been immensely positive with users commenting on the “practicality of usage and really meeting the needs”. Many have found blood donors on this platform which is extremely encouraging and shows that a mobile app can go a long way in saving lives .Jauhar further adds, “We plan to upgrade the app by building in push notification features which will alert blood donors whenever a specific need arises.

The app will be expanded to IOS and Windows platforms. We envision the app being used by over 10,00,000 users across India.” Global Shapers Chandigarh Hub is working with the blood banks and hospitals to promote blooddonor.me and build an extensive user database.

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