Doctors for You is a NGO launched by doctors, professionals,students. It has started a unique drive about Blood Platelet Donation. Here is a quick chat with Dr Ravikant Singh, National Co-ordinator of DFY.
1. What is Doctors for You?
Dr Ravikant: Doctors For You is humanitarian aid organisation that provides emergency medical assistance and equitable health care and health education to all.
Doctors For You comprises of professionals from both medical and non medical fields. We organize and administer public health functions in more effective ways. It includes identifying and training new staff of health workers, developing new means of surveillance to track a disease, spread awareness and then taking measure to control the same.
2. So is it only for the doctors?
Dr Ravikant: Doctors by definition is a teacher , one skilled in a profession or branch of knowledge ; a learned person. So in this respect everyone associated with this organization is a DOCTOR who is taking up to the task of curing the social disease of our country.
3. What are the projects you are working on currently?
Dr Ravikant: Cases of unexplained fever, malaria, dengue, leptospirosis etc are on the rise. India is facing shortage of platelets. Platelet is a life saving supportive therapy needed in serious cases. The level of awareness in the general public is less. Hence we have launched an awareness and donation drive. This is the first of its type in Asia. We have successfully collected many units of platelets till date across the country. In Maharshtra the project has shot up after our association with State Blood Transfusion Council. We have also collaborated with Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.
Apart from this we are working on other projects as well which includes maternal and child health, stress management for Indian Armed Forces, Girl Education and population Control.
4. Who all are heading or supporting your organisation?
Dr Ravikant Singh: We have got enormous response from everywhere. Our organisation is supported by many doctors including from KEM Hospital, Mumbai, AIIMS, New Delhi. The others include working professionals from engineering, software, lawyers, CAs etc. We have recently got support from Sri Sri RaviShankar, Prahlad Kakkad, RK Bajaj as our patrons.
5. What is your vision for Doctors for You?
Dr Ravikant: We want to make Doctors for You as WHO of India.
6. How can people join this organisation?
Dr Ravikant: Joining DFY is total voluntary work. All those who want to be part of DFY can send us the membership form available on our website ( www.doctorsforyou.org). They can also contact us on our helpline numbers 9967056832 – 9833158385 – 9324334359.
Thanks a lot doctor for your valuable time.