Thalassaemia is a rare blood disorder which causes the blood to have less haemoglobin. Children suffering from thalassemia need regular blood transfusions- once every fortnight to 20 days. In some cities of the country such as Mumbai and Bengaluru, the children were getting an assured blood supply for their needs. Some non-profits who worked with these children, were organising blood donation camps regularly to ensure good supply for those who need blood transfusion.
But since the COVID-19 pandemic began, this system has gone for the toss. The large blood donation camps have stopped completely. The non-profits are now struggling to get donors. This has played havoc in the lives of these children.
In this episode of Rare Lives, senior reporter, Menaka Rao speaks with Vinay Shetty from THINK foundation in Mumbai, Rajat Agarwal from Sankalp foundation in Bengaluru and Atul Gera from Ranchi. These activists are trying hard to keep the blood supply in their cities going. We also speak with a 13-year thalassemia patient, Ira Sukheja and a Rajshekhar, parent of a 9-year old thalassemia patient, Rajeshwari.