Topics Covered: Issues related to health.
Thalassemia Bal Sewa Yojna:
Union Health Minister launches 2nd phase of “Thalassemia Bal Sewa Yojna”.
About the scheme:
Launched in 2017, this scheme is a Coal India CSR funded Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) program.
- It aims to provide a one-time cure opportunity for Haemoglobinopathies like Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Disease for patients who have a matched family donor.
What is Thalassemia?
It is a chronic blood disorder. It is a genetic disorder due to which a patient cannot make enough hemoglobin found in Red Blood Cells (RBC’s). This leads to anemia and patients also require blood transfusions every two to three weeks to survive.
- India is the thalassaemia capital of the world with 40 million carriers and over 1,00,000 thalassaemia majors under blood transfusion every month.
- What is Thalaseemia?
- How is it caused?
- Is it a genetic disorder?