Rotary – TTK Blood Bank, the flagship project of Rotary Club of Bangalore owes its existence to the relentless endeavors of several of our Rotarians, under the able leadership of Rtn. PDG P.T. Kasturi.
A voluntary blood bank started by the TTK group and managed by enterprising ladies from the office of TTK group joined hands with the Rotary Club of Bangalore and thus the Rotary TTK Blood Bank came to be established in 1984.
In 1991, the Rtn. Arun Kumar Day Care Centre was started with the objective of helping Thalassemia patients, who otherwise had to get admitted to hospitals and this was very expensive. At the Day Care Centre the Thalassemia, Hemophilia and other such Transfusion-dependant patients are given free blood transfusions.
The Transplant Immunology Laboratory was added in 2001 as an extension of the Immuno hematology arm of the blood bank. Named after Rtn.PDG. P.T. Kasturi, the founding Chairman of BMST, the HLA laboratory carries out specialized tests required for both Solid Organ as well as Bone Marrow Transplantation cases.
For several thousands of patients with Leukemia, Aplastic Anemia, Thalassemia etc, the only hope for cure is a Bone Marrow Transplantation. In 2009, Rotary Bangalore-TTK Blood Bank initiated the Stem Cell Registry – a project through which young educated voluntary blood donors were motivated to to register as potential Bone Marrow Donors. Already, more than 5000 members have joined the registry, and the number is increasing every year.
In 2010 BMST set up a Tissue Bank, the first of its kind in Karnataka, and one of a few in India.
Genesis of the Phenomenon Called Rotary TTK Blood Bank
Reminiscing the good old days, Dr. Latha Jagannathan, Medical Director & Managing Trustee at Bangalore Medical Services Trust, willingly shared with us the story of how the project took off. To quote her :
“It was an invitation by Radhey & Maya Agarwal one evening in January 1984 for a Chaat party that did it!!
It was a crucial moment when great minds like Rtn. Radhey Agarwal, Late PDG P.T. Kasturi, PDG. Mani, and T.T. Jagannathan, met and had a serious discussion. It was then that we took the decision to set up the much needed blood bank in Bangalore. This took shape as a collaborative project of Rotary Club of Bangalore & TTK & Co.
Bangalore Medical Serviced Trust was formed in 1984 as the Golden Jubilee project of Rotary Club of Bangalore. BMST today is 30 years old”.
- Rtn.Kalpana Udaykumar