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Second phase of Thalassemia Bal Sewa Yojna launched 

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  • October 15, 2020
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Second phase of Thalassemia Bal Sewa Yojna launched 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Health

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  • The second phase of “Thalassemia Bal Sewa Yojna” was recently launched for the underprivileged Thalassemic patients.

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Thalassemia Bal Sewa Yojna

  • Launched in: 2017
  • It is a Coal India CSR funded Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) program.
  • Aim: To provide a one-time cure opportunity for Haemoglobinopathies like Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Disease for patients who have a matched family donor.
  • The CSR initiative was targeted to provide financial assistance to a total of 200 patients by providing a package cost not exceeding Rs. 10 lakhs per HSCT.

Thalassemia

  • Haemoglobinopathies, such as Thalassemia and sickle cell disease are inherited disorders of red blood cells. 
  • They are preventable.
  • People with thalassaemia are not able to make enough haemoglobin due to which oxygen cannot get to all parts of the body. 
  • Due to this, organs are unable to function properly.
  • There are two major types of thalassaemia, alpha and beta. These are named for the two protein chains that make up normal haemoglobin.
  • In India, Thalassemia Major (TM) and the severe form of Thalassemia Intermedia (TI) constitute the major burden of disease.

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