NGO, railways tie up for free transfusion centres


With efforts of The Wishing Factory (TWF), a city-based NGO, working for thalassemia and leukaemia patients, a free blood transfusion centre was set up in February this year at Bhailal Amin Hospital in the city. The organization will now set up a similar centre either in Bengaluru or Pune with the help of Indian Railways (IR).

TWF had approached the Indian Railways with the proposal for the centre a month ago and the railways official immediately agreed to the idea. “I had put the proposal before top officials of the railways and they immediately gave a positive response,” said Parth Thakur, founder of TWF, who is also a thalassemia major.

He added that TWF signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Indian Railways. Under the agreement IR will give Rs13 lakh to the NGO as a part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR). “We will get two instalments of Rs 6.5 lakh from the railways and the work for the centre will begin in December,” said Thakur, who studies at St Xavier’s College in Mumbai. The centre will come up at a hospital and will cater to at least 70 thalassemia patients per month.

 “The patients, just like in Vadodara, will have to register with the centre and they will get free facility of blood transfusion there,” Thakur told TOI.

While the centre will be funded by Indian Railways, its recurring cost will be covered by contributions from the managing trustee of TWF and donations from individuals. TWF had first set up a similar centre in city in February this year with the help of Alembic’s CSR foundation. The centre at Bhailal Amin currently helps 150 patients from Vadodara and neighbouring districts.

After the first centre, a small-scale blood transfusion centre was made by TWF in Araria district of Bihar. “The patients there had to go to Nepal for blood transfusion, but thanks to an individual from Mumbai, who gave us Rs 10 lakh, and through crowd funding we could make a centre in Bihar,” he said.

Thakur also said that they will be approaching other corporate houses to set up similar centres across the country.