Blood Safety Programme (As on March’12)
To make adequate and safe blood available in all parts of Gujarat
Promote voluntary blood donation.
Increase appropriate use of blood/ blood components.
Ensure quality of blood and blood banking services.
Support blood storage centres/ reorganize blood transfusion services in the remote areas.
Gujarat is doing well both in the terms of total blood collection as well as blood collection from voluntary donors. Gujarat is one of the leading states in the country in terms of total collection of blood units against the requirements as our last year’s (2011-12) per capita blood donation was 1.32%.
In our state the total blood collection is 7.95 lakhs units and voluntary blood donation has increased from 71.4% in 2008-09 to 82% in financial year (April-11to March-12).
In Gujarat, the availability of blood is ensured through a network of 143 functional blood banks.
The State will continue to maintain a high proportion of voluntary blood collection with a target to achieve voluntary blood collection as 90% in current year. The focus must be on promotion of repeat voluntary blood donation, as the same is safest in terms of transfusion transmitted infections (TTIs) and other blood transfusion related complications.
Similarly in remote areas where limited blood requirement does not justify establishing blood banks, Govt. of Gujarat supports the establishment of storage centres. Currently, 42 storage centres are functional catering the remote rural and tribal areas while another 66 centres are in the process of implementation.
Information, Education & Communication
(As on March’12)
The State is a medium prevalence state with concentrative type of HIV epidemic. Providing Information Education and Communication (IEC) to the masses, mainstreaming and Behavior Change Communication (BCC), to the vulnerable population are the key approaches in the state. For creating awareness about prevention and control of HIV/AIDS through various IEC activities are organized in Gujarat viz. displaying messages in Mass Media/Mid Media, printing and distribution of brochures, flip-charts, posters etc.
Red Ribbon Club Programme
Red Ribbon Clubs are envisaged to instill among all the students in the educational institutions values of service, develop healthy life styles, and increase access to safe and adequate quantities of blood to all the needy by promotion of Regular voluntary blood donation. Through this programme 5 important Health issues like drug addiction, good eating habits, reproductive & sexual health including RTI/STI and HIV/AIDS, voluntary blood donation promotion and Stress & Strain free Enviournment are being covered.
Health Education and Lifeskill Programme (HELP)
Health Education and Lifeskill Programme (HELP) has been sanctioned with the ultimate aim of wholesome development of the adolescent keeping health at the core through increasing the capacity of the adolescent so that they can control their health by State Coordination Committee (SCC) chaired by Principal Secretary (Education), GoG. Gujarat Council of Educational Research and Training’ (GCERT) is the Nodal Agency for this programme. A comprehensive module for HELP has been already developed for teachers.
Link Worker Scheme (LWS)
- The scheme is generating a cadre of trained local personnel as Link Workers and volunteers to work with High Risk Groups (HRGs) and vulnerable young people and women towards the following:
- Create an enabling environment for PLHAs and their families by reducing stigma and discrimination through work with existing community structures/groups, e.g. Village Health Committees, SHG, PRI, etc.
- Reach out to HRGs and vulnerable young people (men and women) in rural areas with information, knowledge and skills on STI/HIV prevention and risk reduction.
- Establish inter linkages between gender, sexuality and HIV and bring into focus factors that enhance vulnerability of young people and women, both in HRGs and the general population.
- Promote increased and consistent use of condoms to protect against STIs and unwanted pregnancy.
- Generate awareness and enhance utilization of prevention, care and support programmes and services (especially STI, ICTC, PPTCT, ART, DOT and other health services).
- Facilitate the delivery of youth friendly health and counseling services through existing public health services/service delivery points.
- Facilitate the reintegration of HRGs into the community and work with families against trafficking of women and children.
As on March’12, the LWS is being implemented in 11 districts in Gujarat viz; Valsad, Surat, Vadodara (Funded by UNICEF), while funded by Global Fund Round 7 in Dahod, Surendranagar, Navsari, Banaskantha , Mehsana, Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Bhavnagar.
Red Ribbon Express 2012
The Red Ribbon Express, a special train which travels across the country to spread awareness on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, reproductive and child health services, general health and hygiene, was launched on the National Youth Day 12th January 2012. During its 14-day journey in Gujarat from 17th February 2012 to 2nd March 2012, a total of 2,13,074 persons visited the on-board exhibitions at the 7 railway stations, viz. Vadodara, Patan, Surendranagar, Hapa-Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad and Valsad. This reflects a spectacular rise over the total number of visitors during 35 days at 15 railway-stations in RRE-I (1,27,588 ) in 2007-08 and 13 days at 6 railway-stations in RRE-II (1,20,122) in 2009-10.