Lifeline for the critically ill on the web

Radhakrishnan Kuttoor

Two 17-year-old youth have developed a web site that provides an online blood donors’ directory with comprehensive search features to spot the nearest donor in your locality.

PATHANAMTHITTA: “A pint of blood can save a life.” The slogan drives a philanthropic initiative of two 17-year-old youth, Ashwin K. of Manjady in Thiruvalla and Arun Haridas of West Hill in Kozhikode, to bring blood donors in the State under a common web fold.

The computer prodigies had dreamt to informally launch their free blood donors’ web site, >, on the eve of World Blood Donors’ Day, June 14.

The free web site, only one of its kind in the country, provides an online donors’ directory with comprehensive search features to spot the nearest donor in your locality, Ashwin says.

Ashwin, who has just completed his Indian School Certificate with distinction from SDA School in Thiruvalla, and Arun, a 12th class student at JDS Islam Higher Secondary School in Kozhikode, became friends through the Internet a year ago. They found web designing a favourite hobby and decided to work together on an exclusively philanthropic web venture beneficial to society, Ashwin says.

“Our idea was to create a talent web site first and we had to drop the project owing to monetary constraints. It was then that the idea of a blood donors’ website struck us,” he says.

The divided the labour between them, with Ashwin doing the interface, research and content development and Arun preparing the database. The work took 40 days after their annual examinations.

The website carries separate folders for the 14 districts, which provides an up-to-date list of voluntarily registered blood donors, their blood groups, phone numbers and addresses. Any one aged 18 and above can register on the website and contact donors at no cost.

“We are planning to develop a mobile version of the web site too so that people can have more easy access to it over their cellular phone. The Indian Red Cross Society State unit has shown interest in funding our proposed project and its Thiruvalla chapter has already issued a certificate of recognition to >,” Ashwin says.

Ashwin says that any query regarding the site shall be mailed to >

Kerala has 126 blood banks. Of them, only 31 are under the Government. The remaining are private.

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