Donate Blood

Help Fatimid in Saving a Life

Millions of patients whose lives depend on blood transfusions owe their indebtedness to millions of blood donors all over the world. There is no substitute for blood and there is no cause nobler than donating blood to save a life.

The modern concept is to use components of blood according to specific indication as such one unit of blood donation can save three lives rather than one.

It is an established medical fact that blood donation activates the blood making system in the body and as such makes fresh and healthier blood. Since ancient times, physicians advised persons to bleed, which was considered a cure for many diseases and ailments. Modern medical research confirms that regular blood donors are less susceptible to heart attacks. Blood donors are also more active physically and mentally.

The joy and relief is immense in all spiritual terms by donating blood for saving three lives rather than one.

  • Any healthy person between the ages of 18 years to 65 can safely donate the blood.
  • The blood cells are always in the process of breaking and reforming, therefore, you can safely donate blood after every three months.
  • Medical examination of blood donors are always carried out by a doctor.
  • It only takes about ten minutes to donate blood and ten minutes to remain in lying position for recovery and refreshment.
  • The blood of the donor is fully screened for deadly and fast spreading Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, Syphilis and Malarial parasite. The blood donor gets a report of his / her screened blood and group. Can there be any other form of service to the suffering humanity better than this?

Nucleic Acid Testing Facility

Fatimid Foundation, is the first Non Profit Organization in Pakistan to intrduce NAT technolgy that will play a significant role in reducing the rate of transfusion of blood transmitted diseases like Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and West Nile Virus.

In under developed countries there are more chances of use of contaminated blood due to inadequate serology testing and higher disease prevalence. NAT technology is beneficial as it takes about only a week to detect HCV – RNA after infection while it takes about two months to detect such viruses through simple serology testing. NAT has potential to detect disease far earlier than regular screening methods. It is significant is further reducing the window period by detecting very low levels of viral RNA or DNA.

NAT technology (Nucleic Acid Testing) makes the process of blood transfusion safe. Blood transfusion is a major source of transmission of Hepatitis B, C and HIV infection. Unsafe transfusion risks many lives. Safe transfusion of blood demands a healthy donor that are screened thoroughly before donating blood. NAT test has a much higher predictive value, sensitivity and specificity as compared to conventional tests.

Bombay Blood Group

“The first person that was discovered to have the Bombay Phenotype seemed to have an interesting blood type that reacted to other blood types in a way never seen before. The serum contained antibodies that reacted with all RBCs normal ABO phenotypes. The RBCs appeared to lack all of the ABO blood group antigens plus an additional antigen that was previously unknown.

Individuals with the rare Bombay phenotype (hh) do not express H antigen (also called substance H), the antigen which is present in blood group O. As a result, they cannot make A antigen (also called substance A) or B antigen (substance B) on their red blood cells, whatever alleles they may have of the A and B blood-group genes, because A antigen and B antigen are made from H antigen; For this reason people who has Bombay phenotype can donate RBCs to any member of the ABO blood group system (unless some other blood factor gene, such as Rhesus, is incompatible), but they cannot receive any member of the ABO blood group system’s blood (which always contains one or more of A and B and H antigens), but only from other people who have Bombay phenotype.”

Ref: Wikipedia – the free encyclopedia.

This blood group is very very rare. We have data of only 12 such donors in whole of Karachi.

“One unit of blood donated can save three lives”.