In 1960, at the formation of the State of Gujarat, Dr. Vishnu Ganesh Mavalankar, FRCS, took over as Hon. Secretary and with Dr. Vasant K. Vani, MS, FRCS, who was the Hon. Secretary of the Indian Red Cross Society, Gujarat State Branch, took up the crusade for promotion of voluntary blood donation movement. They stared giving their blood for saving patients and made all the doctors, medical students and other para medical staff to follow suit. They started educating the college youths, The twin towers of the city, the State Bank of India and Life Corporation of India offices took upon themselves to organise blood donation camps every three months interval and provided centurion blood donors.
In 1980, the Indian Red Cross Society, Gujarat State branch with the major support of the IRCS Ahmedabad branch was declared first in maximum collection of voluntary blood and was awarded the Rotating shield at the hands of the President of India. Shri Mahesh C. Trivedi, Hon. Jt. Secretary of the Ahmedabad branch was awarded special honour for motivation work in the field of blood donation movement at the same time. This trophy continued to be awarded to IRCS, Gujarat State Branch till 2002.
The Ahmedabad Red Cross started blood-banking work since 1983 with the introduction of thalassemia blood transfusion clinic. Today it has full-fledged blood bank running for 24 hours, 365 days, providing blood to patients admitted in the hospitals of city and around without replacement.
Red Cross started its blood donation movement with the support of Civil Hospital and the first Red Cross voluntary blood bank was established in Civil Hospital in 1963 which was inaugurated by the then H.E. the Governor Shri Mehdi Navaz Jung Bahadur. Dr. V.K. Vani became the first blood donor.
The second voluntary blood bank was inaugurated after the 1965 (after Pakistan invasion) at the Municipal Hospital at Sheth Vadilal Sarabhai General Hospital. The third blood bank followed in M. P. Shah Cancer Hospital and all the other two municipal General Hospital, the Employees State Insurance Scheme hospital was covered under the umbrella of the Red Cross. All the blood donation camps were organised by the central agency of Red Cross and were distributed to all these units as per their need. After 1983, when the Ahmedabad Red Cross started its blood banking activities, the blood collection team of the Red Cross was added and the blood programme got the boost.
In the year 2002-2003 the Ahmedabad Red Cross got two more hospital blood banks included in its fold. The Institute of Kidney Diseases and the Civil Hospital Gandhinagar also became the part of the programme. In this year 389 outdoor blood donation camps were organised.
The Ahmedabad Red Cross Society got an Air Conditioned, state of the art, blood mobile collection van on 25th August 2002 when Shri Harin Pathak, M.P. and the Central Minister of Defence Procurement, offered out of his MP fund an amount of Rs. 15 lakhs. The van was on road on 5th January 2003, when Shri Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister and Shri Harin Pathak inaugurated the same. Shri Harin Pathak donated his blood and gave Rs.72,000-00, six months remuneration as Member of Parliament to the Ahmedabad Red Cross to take care of Thalassemia patients. The van is on the roads of the city since then and brings blood on daily as well as many small blood donation camps with state of art facility and dedicated as well as trained manpower for blood donation.
$12.7 Million raised during 2011, we would like to thank everyone for their kind support
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