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Airtel ties up with Jeevan Blood Bank
People can get instant information about availability of blood
An initiative taken as part of Airtel’s Corporate Social Responsibility
Special and easy number for quick access on status of available blood – 96000 97000
Service available for customers on all networks and toll free for Airtel mobile customers
Chennai: September 8, 2008 – Airtel, India’s leading mobile service provider today strengthened its tie up with Jeevan Blood Bank of Chennai, taking a step ahead in its “Airtel Cares for Everyone” (ACE) project. This is a first of its kind initiative, wherein people can source information on blood within minutes and access the real time stock of tested blood components from Jeevan Blood Bank 24 hours a day.
Airtel already has a partnership with Jeevan, in which a few numbers have been provided free of cost for Jeevan to stay in touch with people wanting to donate blood and patients in need of blood. This is now being strengthened through an SMS service, which provides information about availability of blood. All that a person needs to do is to type
If the required blood is available, one can call Jeevan Blood Bank directly on 044-28351200 or 044-43524242 for further assistance. This service will help minimise the time spent on searching for safe blood and help save more lives.
Anirban Ghosh, COO Mobile Services – Bharti Airtel Ltd, Tamil Nadu said – “While Airtel has been contributing significantly to India’s telecommunications infrastructure, it is important to reach out to the community in other ways as well. At Airtel, we strongly believe in contributing to the betterment of our society and this initiative reflects our commitment towards this cause. This is the 6th year of our association with Jeevan Blood Bank and we truly hope that the general public will be benefited in its crucial hour of need.”
Dr. P. Srinivasan M.D., Chairman & Managing Trustee, Jeevan Blood Bank and Research Centre said – “Searching for blood in the hour of need can become very time consuming and a frustrating exercise. This service will help people save precious time by getting them quick access to availability of blood and will help the needy at the right time. We would like to thank Airtel for having been associated with us for so long and for extending their support to this noble cause”.
About Bharti Airtel Limited:-
Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is India’s leading integrated telecom services provider with an aggregate of 75 million customers. Bharti Airtel has been rated among the best performing companies in the world in the BusinessWeek IT 100 list 2007.
Bharti Airtel is structured into three strategic business units - Mobile services, Telemedia services and Enterprise services. The mobile business provides mobile & fixed wireless services using GSM technology across 23 telecom circles. The Telemedia business provides broadband & telephone services in 94 cities and is foraying into the IPTV and DTH segments. The Enterprise business provides end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national & international long distance services to carriers. All these services are provided under the Airtel brand. Airtel’s high-speed optic fibre network currently spans over 78,540 kms covering all the major cities in the country. The company has two international landing stations in Chennai that connects two submarine cable systems - i2i to Singapore and SEA-ME-WE-4 to Europe. For more information, visit www.bhartiairtel.in
About Jeevan Blood Bank:-
Jeevan Blood Bank and Research Centre was started on 24th September 1995 with the vision of providing, on demand, safe blood and blood components collected from non-remunerated voluntary blood donors using appropriate and current technologies and in accordance to international standards. Over the past thirteen years Jeevan has collected over 72,000 blood donations and made available over 130,000 units of safe blood and blood components to the community. Every blood donation is tested for HIV ( HIV Ag and 1 & 2 Ab), Hepatitis B ( HBsAg & Anti HBc), Hepatitis C ( Anti HCV ), Malaria, Syphilis and Leptospira. Every unit of blood is being tested by Nucleic Acid Testing ( NAT ) for DNA / RNA for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV..
For media queries:-
Rediffusion DYR PR, Chennai
Dr. P. Srinivasan M.D.
Chairman & Managing Trustee
Jeevan Blood Bank and Research Centre, Chennai
044- 28351200 / 28350300
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