Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

08 Nov 2001, 12:35 p.m.

So, do the medical facilities of the country still lack…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

So, do the medical facilities of the country still lack for blood? I saw a Red Cross volunteer handing out "Please give blood" flyers on campus today. Under questioning, she admitted that she did not know whether there is still a blood shortage.

I have no objection to giving blood. I just want to know how I can know that it won't go to waste. The Red Cross volunteer hazarded a guess that the Red Cross website would tell me how badly it needs blood, but doesn't the Red Cross have a vested interest in telling me a particular answer?