As I pen this, I can sense a genuine feeling of satisfaction, having been able to develop this free web portal -- the biggest Portal for Blood donors in the UAE and the biggest repository of UAE blood donors on the web. I am glad that the surge of enthusiasm and commitment which has compelled me to start off this project was ably supported and complemented by many.
The initial seeds were sown when I came to the UAE as an Indian diplomat three years ago. As a doctor who has seen the importance of blood donation very closely a decade back before shifting professions, I knew that my knowledge in medicine would still definitely come handy; yet I was quite apprehensive about developing this web portal, given the hectic work schedule.
This web portal is conceptualized and developed as a comprehensive portal for the blood donors in the UAE. Not only does it help one search and identify persons with the required blood group from any emirate, it is made informative with a lot of articles, videos and games. One of the notable aspects of this portal is that it offers an integrated platform for Associations / Organisations who regularly take up blood donation drives granting them autonomy retaining their identity and an easy management option while making this the largest online repository of blood donors in the UAE -- all for free and free for all.
I have to sincerely thank HE Anurag Bhushan the Consul General of India to Dubai for his support, my friends in the Consulate, ICWC, Latifa Hospital Dubai and in the various Associations across the UAE who have enthusiastically encouraged and complemented me in this endeavour. With the support of H.E Sanjay Verma, the Ambassador of India to Ethiopia (the Consul General of India to Dubai till 2013), it is expected that the portal will be replicated for Ethiopia as well.
This is definitely the end of a beginning, but it is again the beginning towards an end .. a noble cause.
Now that this initiative is being launched and dedicated to the people of this great nation on 21 June 2015 during the record breaking International Yoga Day Celebrations in Dubai, the benefit to be reaped is a function of how best you will put this to use. I would be extremely happy and satisfied even if it becomes a catalyst to save even a single life... because every single life is precious.
The Gift of Blood is the Gift of Life !!
Let the journey begin....
Dr. Tiju Thomas
Consul (Economic and Education)
Consulate General of India, Dubai
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