Pakistan Blood Donors Website

pakblood.jpgI feel its important to highlight the existence of a database which is readily available on the Internet for any person who may need blood in an emergency. PakBlood.com has recently opened their doors and are actively maintaining a list of volunteers willing to donate blood whenever needed. Its armed with a great search engine which organizes the database according to blood type and also availability in the city of choice.

For all those concerned it is actually quite healthy for one to donate blood every 56 days (Red Cross), But during the process just ensure that sterile packs are used while extracting blood.

A little critique on the site if I may. Though I understand the need to display all information for the donors I feel there may be a serious problem with privacy as the contact details are open for everyone to read. I feel in an attempt to improve the site the designers could initially limit this information to registered users and then with time devise an ingenious method where the website can automatically send an SMS to the donor when needed then awaiting his response. I would have to concede it may defeat the open ended system which may prove to be a little waste of time but a little hindrance would keep away stalkers and entrust confidence to attract willing donors.

Karachi needs to step up to develop a very active local list, Step forward and enlist yourself and donate blood to save someone life

10 Comments so far

  1. yo yo (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 5:27 am

    The should not put up any personal details. They must keep a Customer service number which would give them details after seeing genuine need.


  2. SWA (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 7:05 am

    Very good idea for the site, however, yes, privacy should be taken more seriously and the site should be made mroe secure to encourage more participation by donors. Hopefully, people on this forum will message the website owners about it and ask them to bring about this change.


  3. Kashif (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 9:31 am

    Nice site. Thanks for sharing. I also believe that the contact info of donors should not be publicly available.


  4. Aamir Mahmood (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 12:29 pm

    I read all of your comments, and i really appreciate them.

    I am the admin of PAKBLOOD.COM, for Mr. Yo Yo, its very hard for us to make a customer service, as we are not NGO, we are not earning any thing out of PAKBLOOD, and on the last we are a couple of students from Lahore, our aims are high, but customer care center will not be possible to handle all the queries across Pakistan

    for Mr. SWA, Mr Kashif, Mr. Teeth Maestro Privacy is very important, because we are also in the donors list, but what if a person at 3 O’Clock at night need a blood, we didnt got any idea what to do in such situation,

    any ideas comments are welcomed


  5. Farrukh Ahmed (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 12:54 pm

    I think this is a very noble cause. Already a lot of people are putting their own effort into helping others.

    My brother has a small group of friends who try to assist anyone in need of blood in an emergency.

    However, such groups function only on references and for close friends / families.

    It about time we have an organised structure to address this issue.

    Good show!


  6. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 1:13 pm

    Aamir,

    Let me brain storm what I envision and people can rip it to threads in an attempt to improve the system.

    Lets suppose I am in need of blood, I surf to pakblood.com search a database which can be limited to providing only donor ID numbers since names are of little concern to the requester and I should be simply satisfied with the availability of the blood type and city are relevant.

    I can then proceed to request blood donation. Clicking on the donor ID, I should simply be forwarded to an SMS gateway where I can initiate an SMS chat with the relevant donor maybe utilizing the free service provided by all our mobile service providers or if possible PakBlood can create an SMS Gateway hence handling it themselves (though it may cost a little) hence keeping this noble effort we can limit ourselves to utilising the web2SMS service only.

    I would stress the importance of not displaying gender or names on the publicly available database this allows protection of privacy and also may encourage women to sign up as generally stalkers would bug the women folk first.

    The protocol for requesting blood donation should also be identified. An effort can be made to collaborate with the number of Blood collection centers where the requesting party can alert the Blood Bank of a probable donor and hand them the donor ID. The donor simply walks up to the blood collection unit presents his ID and is then processed. This is also important to avoid the issue of harassment or even in extreme cases kidnappings as the threat of meeting a stranger on the Internet is a scary thought in itself.

    Whats the general consensus on the entire game plan – critique in an attempt to improve this vital system for Pakistan, we may even revolutionize the entire concept of blood collection ;)

    Aamir, I would certainly be willing to help along if you need any help in further brainstorming


  7. Dee (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 7:59 pm

    Aamir Mahmood ….> I am just wondering why cant you have blood bank. Or if blood bank requires sky high operating costs then why not work with existing blood banks?
    @Teeth…….> My concern here is , How a donor make sure that the blood he is giving for a noble cause will not be sell in the market for (handsome profit)?.
    Dee


  8. Dee (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 8:07 pm

    Oh i forgot to inquire about the most important thing.Who will look after the screening for blood related diseases such as Hepatitis c and etc.Its not that i am against such initiatives but blood donation requires a strict protocol. I myself once ran a campaign for blood donation on behalf of Red cross as a University student(Volunteer).But my role was to inform fellow students about the importance of blood donation and not passing their names to Red cross.If student want to donate they will contact Red cross themselves instead of giving me their private information such as name, address and phone no.
    Dee


  9. Anathema (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 8:41 pm

    At the Admin: i think it s a good effort. however, i will say we need some education up there.

    i am a 1% of the word population blood group. a friend is 4% of the world population blood group. not many people know what blood grououp they can contribute to if and when someone needs it.

    i suggest put up a chhart of some sort, get it authorised or linked to some verifiable authenticated souorce and tell wht what blood group can receive what blood group type.


  10. Aamir Mahmood (unregistered) on October 9th, 2006 @ 5:02 pm

    Aslamo Alikum

    Thanks every one for your positive contribution towards PAKBLOOD.

    I am here to let all of you know about the official forum on the site http://www.pakblood.com/forum/ so there you can post the comments suggestions etc, this will let every body know about your point who is visiting the PAKBLOOD.

    @ ANATHEMA thanks for the idea, you will see a chart soon

    Thank You



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