Badhan Blood Transfusion Center

A project to build a modern blood transfusion center to provide safe, affordable and timely blood to disadvantaged people

In 2006 SpaandanB partnered with Badhan, a voluntary blood donor organization run by Dhaka University students, to implement a trial Blood Transfusion Center (BTC) at the Teacher-Student Center (TSC) of Dhaka University. The trial center ran to its fullest capacity producing more than thousand bags of blood per year to deserving individuals. In order to scale up the capacity of BTC to mitigate the blood crisis in Bangladesh, SpaandanB entered into a Tri-party partnership with Badhan and Dhaka University. Dhaka University allowed  Badhan Foundation to build the infra-structure for the BTC on top of the existing Medical Center at the University. Badhan Foundation incurred the expenses of the civil construction ( about $45,000) of the center. SpaandanB provided modern equipments (worth almost $200k) which were shipped from USA. In 2019, finally the long cherished dream of a modern blood transfusion center ultimately realized.  The new center is equipped with machines to separate blood components and carry out a range of blood screening tests. It is driving down the cost of blood and making it easily available to people in need.

Background

Badhan is a non-political voluntary blood donor organization found in 1997 by few spirited students of Dhaka University. The main goal of Badhan is to promote voluntary blood donation among graduate and post graduate level students and turn it into a social movement so that no body dies due to scarcity of blood. Since its inception at the Shahidulla Hall of Dhaka University, Badhan has grown into a massive organization with 95 units in 39 institutions spreading over 25 Districts. They motivate graduate and post-graduate level students to donate blood when need arises. Badhan maintains an extensive student database of willing blood donors. In time of need, Badhan finds matching eligible donors and make them available to the patient for fresh blood transfusion. It has contributed significantly towards alleviating the blood crisis of Bangladesh to a point that now paid donor percentage has almost shrunk to nil. From the very beginning of its journey it became clear to Badhan that a blood transfusion center would be of utmost importance. It would make blood transfusion process much more convenient and safe for the donors.

During the devastating flood in 2004 SpaandanB was looking for a partner organization who would help us to carry out voluntary relief distribution and came in contact with Badhan. With its elaborate network of high spirited student volunteers, Badhan executed the job flawlessly. Since then SpaandanB has been leveraging Badhan’s network for relief work during time of calamities. SpaandanB acknowledged the necessity of a blood transfusion center and agreed to finance a trial center at the Teacher-Student Center of Dhaka University. In 2006, with the help of Dhaka University and SpaandanB’s funding of $7,150, Badhan established the first BTC. Along the journey, the initial BTC experienced many hurdles and issues but managed to generate enough revenues to make it self-wheeling. After running for more than 10 years, it is now ready to turn a new leaf.

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Summary

Since 2006, SpaandanB is partnering with Badhan to provide safe blood to disadvantaged people.

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SpaandanB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All U.S. donations are tax deductible and qualifies for company matching in most cases.