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Tiju Thomas initiative emerged as UAE's first and biggest donor registry

Aug 3, 2015 11:11 IST

An Indian diplomat with the Indian consulate in Dubai Tiju Thomas was in news in first week of August 2015. He came in news after spearheading an initiative to make blood from rare groups accessible to those in need through a website www.blooddonors.ae  

The initiative that had a soft launch on World Blood Donor Day on 14 June 2015 and was formally launched on 21 June 2015 on International Yoga Day emerged as the United Arab Emirates (UAEs) first and biggest donor directory.

This was his effort to give back to the society as a gift from the Indian community to the UAE and aims at bridging gaps between communities.

Tiju Thomas, Consul (Economic & Education, Press and Information), who practiced medicine prior to switching his career, discovered blood shortage as a major problem in the Gulf country. He sound that nearly 42 percent of the blood units collected is required by thalassaemia patients.

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