In Nepal, the Blood Donors (BLODAN) was established in 1990. It is a federation of 276 member organizations: non-remunerated voluntary donors, donors’ organizations, clubs and associations. Similarly, Since 1991, the Nepal Red Cross Society has been responsible for conducting blood programmes in the country. With Nepal in the second wave of a nationwide lockdown enforced due to COVID-19 ‘social distancing’ protocols, officials at the Red Cross have warned of a possible blood shortage in the country.
According to the Kathmandu Post newspaper, fears of contracting COVID-19 had led to the cancellation of a number of blood drives so the supply was already low. Dr. Manita Rajkarnikar, director of the Central Blood Transfusion Service at the Red Cross stated that around nine blood drives were canceled in the Capital, the lockdown has put an end to all other drives for the time being.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), South Asia’s estimated blood requirement is about 16 million units per year, but it collects just about 6.8 million units annually, leaving a gap of 10.2 million units.
Considering all these data, the group decided to outline specific problems seen in the context of Nepal and create a solution to it accordingly. Thus, we present the bood donation app for Nepali health service users which will allow them to access blood donors fairly.