Blood is an essential component of the body, without which life is impossible. In India every two seconds someone needs blood. However unfortunately, in India many patients die due to unavailability of blood. According to a report by WHO, India’s requirement for blood is 12 million units annually, while only 9 million units are collected. Also, it is shameful that despite being so vital to human life, many scams related to blood donation has come to light in India. From illegally selling blood to adulteration of blood, the incidents are spine chilling. While many are concerned about this worse condition of the blood donation market, Kiran Verma, a youth from Delhi took a step forward to do away with the corruption and hiccups in the blood donation sector. Kiran Verma created the world’s first virtual blood donation platform ‘ Simply Blood’, where someone who requires blood can directly connect to blood donors thus preventing interruption from middle man and frauds.
StartupTalky interviewed 'Simply Blood' founder Kiran Verma to understand more about this platform that has till now saved the lives of many by arranging for blood on time.
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About Simply Blood
Simply Blood is World's First Virtual Blood Donation Platform. Simply Blood can be accessed from the 'Simply Blood' android app which is available for download on Google Play Store. The non android users can connect to Simply Blood through its website.
A user needs to download the app and register as blood donor by choosing any date to donate blood. The 'Simply Blood' realtime GPS enabled app tracks user’s location on the selected date and will share all the requests within 10kms from user’s location. So, even if the user is traveling to other location, Simply Blood will notify only the nearest possible needy on selected date by the user.
Anybody can find blood donors using Simply Blood though a smartphone for anyone, whoever is in need of blood. Within 3 clicks a person will raise the request and the notification goes to all the potential donors available on that date and location.
Simply Blood Founders
Kiran Verma founded Simply Blood along with Achal Garg, Jatin Sahgal, Neeraj Mehraniya, Saurabh Gupta and Mohit Kumar Balyan from Ambala District, Haryana. Kiran Verma is a school dropout while all the other co-founders are software engineers and alumnus of Ch. Devi Lal State Institute of Engineering & Technology, Sirsa Haryana. Of the co-founders, Achal Garg exited Simply Blood in March 2019, while Jatin Sahgal exited Simply Blood on June 2018.
How was Simply Blood Started
The idea to do something to save human life formed in Kiran's mind when he was just 7 years old and lost his mother due to cancer.
Her death left me all alone. I realized the meaning of losing your own at an early age.This was the initial step towards SIMPLY BLOOD – First Virtual Blood Donation Platform. I took an oath that I will do something for the mankind. Just after I turned 18, I immediately started blood donation as a volunteer.
Kiran started donating blood regularly, and as his connections increased, he formed a Whatsapp group of blood donors, with an aim to help people who need blood. And soon, Kiran experienced another life changing event. It was August 2016 when one of the members of the Whatsapp group of blood donors that Kiran created, needed platelets for his mother who was fighting from dengue. He assumed he will manage it as he was around 2-3 hours away from the hospital where his mother was admitted. But, by the time he could reach the hospital, everything was over. That was the day, Kiran realized the value of time in the critical medical case.
Yet another incident that influenced Kiran was on 28th Dec 2016, when he got a random call mentioning somebody needs blood at a hospital in Delhi. After donating blood, Kiran thought to meet the person whom he donated blood. However, he couldn’t manage to meet the patient but luckily met his wife. But Kiran was shocked and hurt to know that the lady sold herself for Rs 1500, to purchase the blood that Kiran donated for free
She took him from Raipur to Delhi and the WORST PART was, my blood was sold to her for Rs. 1500 which I donated for free. I called the person who called me but he didn’t respond to my calls. I realized the person was a tout who is doing black marketing in Delhi and also runs a blood donation society through their app and blood donation camps- Kiran recounts.
The same day Kiran decided to quit his job to give 100% to this cause. He found few developers who committed to provide technical support to Simply Blood for next few years at a nominal cost. They started to work and the Simply Blood Online Platform was launched on 3rd Jan 2017 and the app was launched on 29th Jan 2017. The second version of the Simply Blood app was launched on 23rd September, 2017 by Vijay Goel former Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports.
After the launch of Simply Blood, Kiran also traveled a lot to different parts of the country and also to Nepal and Bhutan to spread awareness about 'Simply Blood'. During his journey he met over 600,000 people and educated them about the importance of donating blood.
How Simply Blood Works
Mostly, blood donation is done at blood donation camps organized by NGOs, societies and hospitals. But after donation the donor is unaware about who is getting his/her blood. Many times the blood donated by a donor for a noble cause is being sold at a price from Rs. 1500 to 50K (depending upon the rarity of the blood) by private blood banks and NGOs. Shockingly, a huge amount of blood is being waited every year due to many factors holding it to reach out to needy. You may refer a report on the wastage of blood.
If somebody needs blood, in that case they need to either buy the blood or get the blood donor arranged. To search donor there are many large networks where you can find the number of blood donors. But on any such network we get to see the database of blood donors. We need to call every potential donor for their availability which takes hours and even if a donor is ready to donate the travel time is quite long. At times we fail to save lives due to such long process. Simply Blood is a simple solution to all these problems.
Simply Blood, with a database of 60+K blood donors across India and more than 6000 registered donors on its platform. Simply Blood finds a donor within the location of the request and connect them to the needy person. With Simply Blood, donor donates blood without any middle-man straight to the needy.
Someone who needs blood need not call hundreds of donors. He just has to raise a request for the blood he needs and all the donors associated with Simply Blood get to see the request in App, SMS and Email in just few seconds. If the search doesn’t find any donor then the request is handled manually using 60+K donor database and few associated agencies.
Simply Blood - Revenue Model
The motto behind Simply Blood is not to make money. As revealed by Simply Blood founder Kiran Verma, the company is planning to follow the Wikipedia way of raising money to sustain its operations. Thereby, Simply Blood will do a fund raising every year for a month and run their operations out of the collected funds.
Simply Blood -Growth
A platform like Simply Blood was much needed and as such the platform has received positive response both within and outside the country. In 2016 around 13 potential lives were saved from (August to December) through blood donation using the blood donor's Whatsapp group that Kiran initially created. Since January 2017, Simply Blood has saved 600+ potential lives in 8 countries. Some milestones acheived by Simply Blood are-
1. The App reached organically to 170+ nations in less 16 weeks
2. Simply blood has impacted 7000+ users in more than 15 countries
3. One of the highest rated Android app for Blood Donation on Google Play Store (4.9 rating from 200+ users)
4. More than 100+ students under Simply Blood Ambassador Program (SAP)
5. Kiran Verma was awarded “Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2017” in India International CSR Conclave 2017 held at PHD Chambers of Commerce.
Simply Blood is on a noble mission to save a million lives till 2020.