Involvement of home guards, srp & police
Every year there is a regular recruitment in Homeguards, S. R. P. and Police organisations. One can organise, blood grouping, lectures on use of blood and blood donation camps. In Calcutta there is a separate donor forum and council in these departments who meet every week for this activity.
Blood donation camps on special occasions
Blood donation camps can be organised on occasion of the Birthdays or Death anniversaries of the National leaders, Important political leaders or even special auspecious occasions.
An Action plan can be prepared for the whole year in advance. The resource persons coordinators and associates to be identified and contact them in advance. Important religious and social organisational groups to be identified like Nirankaris Mandal, Ganesh Utsav Mandal, Dasera Utsav Mandal
Involvement of political and social leaders may lead to create a political will and committment to the cause. Special Blood donation camps can be organised on Gandhi Jayanti Day, Independence Day, Republic Day, Dr. Ambedkar’s Jayanti Day, Mohammed Prophet’s Birthday, Christmas, Buddha Jayanti, so that people from all walks of life come together for the cause without any bias.
Involvement of youths
Youth forms an important core group. 95% of the blood collected in camps are through college students and hardly 5% of blood collected is used for them. Every college has NSS and NCC units. Regular activities related to voluntary blood donation can be organized through them. They can work as volunteers, organisers and blood donors. Thus they can be real civil soldiers of the Nation.
Picture & poster competition
Cartoons, Paintings and Drawings are the good media of expression. A single poster can give lot of message to the community. The places where there are schools of Art (Aurangabad, Nagpur, Amravati, Mumbai, Pune) this activity can be undertaken. The posters can be used for making lEC material of good quality, and can be used for display in exhibitions. To generate good quality drawing, picture on voluntary blood donation theme, competitions can be organised for students and for public. A wide publicity need to be given for such competitions. The prize winning entries should be published in the leading News papers and be used for generating lEC material.
Street plays on blood donation
Street plays on different themes are popular in urban situations. Streetplays attract the commoners specially pedestrians. A group of artists can be identified and briefed about blood donation. Through them street plays can be organised in public places. This activity can also be taken to the rural areas for sensitising the rural masses.
Donors from rural areas contribute to 25% of the collection. But it is observed that large No. of cases from rural areas either referred or come on their own to the urban areas for operations. At that time they required blood. This fact can be highlighted to the rural community and they can be sensitised and motivated to participate in voluntary blood donation drives.
Distribution of handouts
Handouts covering social & technical details on blood donation, (AIDS, STDs) can be printed and distributed at the time blood donation or blood grouping camps or at the time of other motivational activities. The information in the handouts should be precise and group specific. The distribution of handbills should be done meticulously. It is observed that 40% of the receivers read the message when it is precise and informative.
Conference of camp organisers / motivators
This activity may be conducted every year. In this conference of organisers from different associations can be brought on a common platform, so that they exchange their views, success stories and develop a healthy rapport. All blood banks be requested to present their annual report. The details of camps organised, blood collected, utilised and the requirement for the next year are discussed. The efforts need to be made to highlight and to apprise every organisation to come together in case of emergencies and to provide quality blood for transfusion.
The organisers need to be felicitated for their humanitarian services rendered to the community with Momento and certificates. So also voluntary blood donors who have donated blood for 25, 50, 100 times to be honoured and felicitated with momentos.
This activity helps in developing and retaining coordial relation amongst various organisations, blood banks in the districts. This will enable the authorities to assess requirement the blood in the area and to organise voluntary blood donation camps. The recognition of blood donors enhances the promotion of donor recruitment activity