Need Voluntory Blood Donors in India.Just Dial +917961907766 .

Need Voluntory Blood Donors in India.Just Dial +917961907766 .

Nagpur, IndiaIndia
Year Founded:
1999
Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

www.Indianblooddonors.com is a IVRS , SMS and Web based helpline which helps patient who need blood donor all over India. We have about 49,000 blood donors registered and more are registering everyday. 40,000 of our Blood Donors have helped save lives of needy patients in the last 2 years. Our Aim is nobody should die for want of blood in India.

About Project

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Patients needing blood donors have to just call 07961907766 (From India) or +917961907766 (From Outside India) . They have to then select the language which they understand (English or Hindi (Our National language)) . They are then asked to Select the Blood Group they need by selecting the option given (Press 1 for A+ve). They have to then enter the (Std Code / Area Code) of their city. They are then given the Voluntary Blood Donors Number. The number is repeated thrice so that the Person can check whether he/she has written the number correctly. The call is then disconnected. He can then call up the donors and ask him for the blood donation. If he needs more donors he can call again .
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Our Vision is nobody should die for want of blood in India.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The impact of our solution has been great. We have been able to reach the masses. Even illiterate people are using the helpline. This can be gauged from the Fact that ever since we launched the IVRS Platform. The requests on IVRS constitute 80% of our Requests.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We want to first have the IVRS helpline in all the local regional languages. And have Mobile Apps on all platforms.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

-Nil - We do not have any competition.
Team

Founding Story

We saw a poor patient die for want of blood in a hospital . The could not arrange for blood donors as they were from a village and they did not know anybody in the city. In 1999 I was using the internet to send mails to my cousin. Sitting in the internet cafe i realised that i could use the power of the internet and information technology to bring the patient and the blood donors together.
Organization Name

Indian Blood Donors

About You
About You
First Name

Khushroo

Last Name

Poacha

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Innovation
Explain what the "innovation" is about, e.g., is it the idea and/or the model you use to accomplish the idea, or your understanding of the target population, etc.?

The Innovation is about the Model we are using to accomplish the idea. In the initial years www.indianblooddonors.com was web enabled meaning the patients could search for blood donors on the website itself. Slowly we realised that in times of an emergency patients could not search for a computer and search for donors. We then SMS enabled our helpline and we were quite successful. Patient who needed blood donors could just sms in a particular format to a Short Code / Long code and get connected to blood donors in their city / area. In the process we learnt that only 35 % of the people could sms. And if they sent the sms in a wrong format they could not connect. Especially people who did not know the English Language. We then learnt that 100 % of the Population could make a call if they were given a number to get connected to blood donors.

Describe how your innovation model is distinct from any other organization in your field?

Our model is innovative as there is no other organisation who are thinking about the people in the Bottom of the Pyramid. A Patient in need of Blood Donors just need to call our number. Our National Language is Hindi . As of today we Connect the patients who call the helpline in Hindi and English. We are in the process of adding other regional languages .

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

We are trying to make www.indianblooddonors.com a zero sum based initiative. We motivate ordinary people and corporates, NGO to share their resources and time and help build a sustainable model. And we have been very successful as we have been doing this since the last 13 years and we are growing everyday.

How do you make sure you constantly innovate in light of (potential) external challenges, or your growth plan?

We always try to do what is needed and what is helpful to the comman man. We are now in the process of making a Mobile App for Blood on the Android Platform. As there is a growth in Smartphones.

Organization Country

, MM, Nagpur

Business Model
The systemic challenge you are trying to overcome (select one)

Bring accessible healthcare to communities in emerging markets

Health area (target market) where the need is [select only one]

Primary healthcare services

Categories along the health continuum you are covering [select all that apply]

Social integration.

Stage that best applies to your solution [select only one]

Scaling (growing impact on a regional or global scale)

Core strategies of your business model [select all that apply]

New approaches to distribution of health products and services, Unconventional partnerships (between traditional healthcare players and players outside healthcare), New financing strategies for health.

If other, specify here:
Most relevant tools you are using to implement the strategies outlined above [select only two]

Technology.

If other, specify here:
What is your value proposition?
Who is your customer(s)?

Our Customers are all patients who need blood donors in their own city or some another city where they go for treatment.

What approaches to you use to reach your customers?

We have a very simple approach. We have made posters in PDF formats in different languages and have uploaded them on our Website www.indianblooddonors.com on the home page. We ask our Donors / Volunteers to download these posters and print them on their ordinary printers and paste them in Hospitals / Blood Banks and other public places. This is the way we help create awareness about our helpline. Since the last 8 months about 4500 posters have been downloaded in various languages.

What are your primary activities?

Primary Activity is to help patients who need blood donors.

What other challenges - individual, organizational, or environmental – are you currently facing or might hinder future success of your business, and how do you plan to overcome those?

No problems.

Briefly describe your growth strategy going forward

We are now in the process of working on Mobile Apps for Blood. Hopefully by the time this competition ends our Android App will be out. Based on its success we will be making Apps on Blackberry, Iphones and Windows Platforms.

Our Aim is to then work on a Global Solutions for Blood Shortages through Mobile Apps. We aim to Combine Social Media with our Apps.

What dimensions for growth are you currently targeting for your innovation [select all that apply]

New customer group(s), New regions(s), New market(s)/country(ies).

What makes your business "ready" for growth?

Blood Shortages are a problem all over the world. The world needs a solution for this. So there is a market ready for our solutions.

What are your key growth objectives?
Organization's Country of Operation

, MM

Social Impact
What methods for quantification of social impact are you applying (if at all)?

We track every request that comes in. We have seen that 80 % of our Requests are on the IVRS platform. We Sometimes call up the numbers and try to see which section of society is using them.

Could your solution work in other geographies or regions? If so, where?

This solultions can work in other countries like Pakistan , Srilanka, Nepal and other developing countries where blood shortages are a problem and it is the onus of the Patient or his relatives who have to arrange blood donors.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

We feel that once we add regional languages to our helpline and Mobile Operators also link their IVRS helplines to Indianblooddonors.com . More people will connect via Call and less through SMS.

Sustainability
Elaborate on your current financing strategy

We have an annual Budget of Rs 18,500 or about $ 350 . Very Simple. We have tied up with www.awaaz.de an IVRS platform who have given us a free number to connect to Indianblooddonors.com . People making calls to this number are charged an ordinary Std Call . We dont take any revenues from www.awaaz.de nor do they charge us for this service.

We have tied up with a SMS Short Code 55444 . www.innoz.in is the company who have provided us this Short Code. They are connected to almost all the Major Mobile operators in the Country. They have given us this Short Code Free. They Charge Rs 1/- for all incoming sms. We dont take any revenues from them nor do they charge us anything.

www.Net4india.com is our Hosting Provider who has provided Web Hosting for www.indianblooddonors.com free of cost. Since the Last 13 years.

We have our own in house Long Code 9665500000 which we use for broadcasting request for blood in times of emergencies and blood shortages. We spend about 15,000/- Rs per Annum on this and about Rs 3500/- for our domain name www.indianblooddonors.com which we pay to the domain registrar.

So the total of Rs 18,500 which we spend is spent from the interest of $ 10,000 which we won from the Ashoka Changemakers Award.

Share of revenue generation in total income of organization (in percent)

100

Direct sales to patients or other beneficiaries (in percent)
Of the possible sources of these sales listed below, check all that apply to your current strategy

Licensing fees, e.g., for technology/franchise model (in percent)
Of the possible sources of these licensing opportunities listed below, check all that apply to your current strategy

Service contract with organizations, e.g., government, NGOs (in percent)
Of the possible sources of the service contracts listed below, check all that apply to your current strategy

Explain your revenue generation strategy in more detail

We dont have a revenue generation strategy. No do we wish to generate revenues.

Share of philanthropy in total income of organization (in percent)
Philanthrophy strategies you are using

Explain your philanthropic approach in more detail
Expand on your selections; explain how you will sustain funding over the next 1-3 years.
Years in Operation

Operating for more than 5 years

Has the organization received awards or honors? Please tell us about them

Winner Ashoka Changemakers - Patients, Choices, Empowerment Competition - The Amgen Foundation

Finalist Ashoka Changemakers - Making More Health - Achieving Individual , Family and Community well being. - Boehringer Ingelheim

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