Useful Information

1. In Case of emergency

Dial toll-free number 108 in the event of any emergency – CHENNAI:

On receipt of information, the emergency response centre will send an ambulance (in the event of a medical emergency) or convey the information to the Fire Department or the police (in case of other emergencies).

The emergency response centre physicians and the emergency medical technicians in the ambulance will provide free pre-hospital care while transporting the victim to the nearest hospital of the patient’s choice.

Dial 28230700 if you see any accident in Chennai:

Just dial 28230700 and inform them about the accident and place, REST
THEY WILL TAKE CARE.

The above number belongs to Trauma care consortium is a non profitable Organization and they help people who need medical facilities because Of a ROAD accident.

Childhelpline-1098:

This helpline is intended to help children in below cases -
Crisis Intervention:
- Direct Assistance: medical, shelter, protection from abuse,
repatriation, death, missing children, intensive counselling.
- On Phone: Emotional Support and guidance, information and
referral to services for the caller, information about CHILDLINE,
silent calls and Long-term rehabilitation.

Please refer these links:


http://www.childhelplineinternational.org/chiworld/index.php?id=46
http://www.childlineindia.org.in/aboutus01.htm

2. Free Treatment

Free Treatment for Kidney Patients:

A foundation called TANKER - Tamilnadu kidney Research
Foundation, who are doing treatment for all kidney related problems at a free of cost.

They are doing Dialysis also at a free of cost.

For further Details contact: 044 – 28273407 and 28241635

Lets help the needy who could not afford for their treatment.

CHIME - Free Heart Surgery:

CHIME (A trust formed by MIOT Hospital, Chennai) is giving free heart surgery for children with congenital heart disease. If you know any persons with this disability please pass it to them.
Contact Details:
chime@miothospitals.com
Source: The Hindu
www.hindu.com/2007/10/01/stories/2007100159110500.htm

Free Heart Treatment:

Sri Sathya Sai Institute Higher Medical Sciences, E.P.I.P. Area, Whitefield, Bangalore
Write to us:
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences
EPIP Area, Whitefield,
Bangalore 560 066,
Karnataka , INDIA .
Call us: Telephone: +91- 080- 28411500 Fax +91 - 080- 28411502
Email us General Queries:
adminblr@sssihms.org.in

3. Hunger Site

Visit www.bhookh.com to give food to the hungry with just a click--every day and at no cost to you.

HOW IT WORKS

when you click the "Give Free Food" button at
www.bhookh.com, this simple action
gives over a cup of fortified food to a hungry person by the sponsors. It costs you nothing.


4. Donate Blood

Things to Know About Blood Donation:

These are the top ten "THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT BLOOD DONATION":

1. Any healthy person, 18 to 60 years old with weight of 45kgs above can donate blood.

2. The actual blood donation will take not more than 15-20 min of time.

3. You will be checked by medical experts before your blood is taken.

4. Sterile, disposable needles are used for each donor. Some people believe that they will feel weak after donating blood, but this is unlike to happen. Just eat small snack and drink plenty of water before and after donation (provided by Red Cross).

5. You will feel small prick, but this is nothing compared to the satisfaction you will feel knowing that you have saved a life!!!!

6. You can donate every three months it will take only 48 hours for your body fluids to be completely replenished. After three months, your body has had more than enough time to re-coup from your earlier donation.

7. You have 100% NO CHANCES OF GETTING AIDS through donation.

8. WE NEED TWO LAKH UNITS OF BLOOD PER YEAR.

9. Your blood will be tested for any infection before it is distributed to any one.

10. REMEMBER! A little of your time means LIFE for someone.

Thallassemia - child killing blood disorder:

Here is a piece of information thru which we can help the Thallassemia affected kids who are suffering from genetic blood disorder.

About the disease:
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Thallassemia is child killing genetic blood disorder. it is a recessively inherited genetic blood disorder where there is a reduced rate of globins chains of hemoglobin leading to failure to have normal hemoglobin production.

So the amount of hemoglobin the body can make is reduced resulting in inability of the red blood cells to carry sufficient supply of oxygen to the body.

This leads to anemia and if not treated, the people usually die within 1 to 5 years of age. A Thallassemia patient has to have regular transfusion of blood.

How can we help them?
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we can donate blood to these kids by visiting the nearest Red Cross society. We can see the kids and spend some time with them. Friends lets try to donate atleast one unit of blood to save somebody's life.

Please visit the link below to know more:

http://www.freewebs.com/givebloodsavelife/

Blood Donors List:

http://www.friends2support.org/

http://www.indianblooddonors.com/

You can search for a particular blood group. You will get hundreds of donor Addresses within your city.

5. Scholarships

Help any good student who is passionate to study:

If you know any high school student who is a very high scorer but from a poor family, here is a great opportunity to help he /she get a nice scholarship to enter college.

Applications can be obtained by writing to:
Mr.S.Ramanathan ,
#17, North St , Kalai Nagar
Madurai- 625014
Ph: 0452-2640678
E-Mail: ramrajam2002@yahoo.com < mailto:ramrajam2002@yahoo.com>

http://www.northsouth.org/contacts_india.asp You can get full details from the web site also.

Scholarships are given by "NORTH SOUTH FOUNDATION" of USA, based on exam
grades and family situation. The annual family income should be less
than Rs 38000 in urban areas and Rs 26000 in rural areas. The
Scholarship amount mostly covers 100% of tuition fees and ranges from
Rs5000 to Rs 10000 per year.If called for an interview, 50% of the travel cost will be reimbursed.

Andhra Meritorious Poor students:

The Telugu association in NEWDELHI is offering scholarships for the meritorious poor students. Please find the link below to submit the application form online.
http://www.andhraassociationdelhi.org

TN State board books are online in PDF Free:

Now the TN State board books are online in PDF and downloadable.
From Std 1 to Std 12 for all subjects.Any GOOD heart person can print this material & handover to some Poor people.

http://www.textbooksonline.tn.nic.in/

CRESK - Scholarships for Poor Students:

'CRESK', a NGO is offering scholarships to economically backward students who have completed 10th std. 'Cresk' president S.jayashree said that students would be offered financial assistance either in the form of cheque to the educational institution or the parent or as books and uniforms.students could also claim the assistance for training in extra-curricular activities.

Students applying for the scholarship should ve scored not less than 70% in 10th std examination. the family income of the applicant should not exceed Rs.28,000/annum.

The application form could be downloaded from www.creskindia.com
for details contact the organisation at
No.1, A 2, North Kavarai street,
West Mambalam
Chennai.
Ph: 97907 07177


6. Eye Donation

Facts about eye donation:

1. Anyone, regardless of age, can donate the cornea or the entire eye.

2. Most cancers do not affect the cornea and the majority are safe for transplant.

3. Those who have undergone previous eye surgeries may contribute their eye tissue to benefit long-term research studying eye diseases like glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic eye disorders, and macular degeneration.

4. There are no visible signs of eye removal, no cosmetic casualties, and eye donation does not interfere with funeral arrangements.

5. Eyes can be donated only after death

6. Eyes must be removed within 4 - 6 hours after death.

7. Only a Registered Medical Practitioner can remove eyes from a deceased.

8. The eye bank team will remove the eyes from the home of the deceased or from a hospital.

9. Eye removal does not delay the funeral since the entire procedure takes 20-30 min only

10. A small quantity of blood will be drawn to rule out communicable diseases.

11. Eye retrieval does not cause disfigurement Religions are for eye donation.

12. The identities of both the donor and the recipient are kept confidential.

please visit and register for donation eyes: http://ebai.org/html/index.htm

Writing for visually challenged:

If any of you are interested in writing the exams for the visually impaired people please do send a mail to Mathews. They are in need of volunteers to write Tamil/English exam.

Please note that

* Scribing for a visually impaired person does not have any formalities, it just requires YOUR TIME........and you just need to write whatever the candidate says.
* You do not have the compulsion to scribe for all the exams as you can volunteer for one exam also.

Please forward it to your friends........as this activity requires more volunteers and every time they run short of volunteers

My contact details:

S. Mathew, Coordinator, Loyola College

Cell No: 9444223141 Off. No: 044 - 2817 8200 Extn: 309

Email: smathew_9@yahoo.co.in
mathew@loyolacollege.edu

Antardrishti – To Help blind person:

Antardrishti, an Agra based social development organisation is committed to the cause of blind people in our society. Towards this we had made a humble beginning in 2006. It is registered as a Public Charitable Trust under Indian Trust Act, 1882. Currently we are collecting information about visually impaired people in India to understand their situation in a comprehensive manner. This will help us to articulate and share plan and programs for their development.

If you know any visually impaired person and wish to support, kindly download the form and pass it on to him or her. If you find this cumbersome kindly fill the form on their behalf and send the detail by email at
sunayana@antardrishti.org or by post to Antardrishti office.

The form is available at
http://antardrishti.org/download.php?view.10
Contact:
Akhil K. Srivastava
Managing Trustee & CEO
Antardrishti |
www.antardrishti.org | drishti@antardrishti.org |
Antardrishti Helpline: 09759134511
akhil@antardrishti.org | ph. + 91 94122 58575

7. Tamilnadu Dept of social Defence

Do help the poor people (who are homeless or orphans in streets) nearby your home or when you see them in diff places by informing these people. There are few government services where they provide meal for deprived and take care of them. We have phone numbers specified in this link.

Even if we cant help them by providing food & shelter, we can atleast try calling up these numbers and inform with a hope that these orgs will take care of them.
http://www.tn.nic.in/socialdefence/cwc.htm

8. BRAIN DAMAGING HABITS

1. No Breakfast -People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.

2. Overeating - It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.

3. Smoking - It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.

4. High Sugar consumption - Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.

5. Air Pollution - The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.

6. Sleep Deprivation - Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells.

7. Consuming unhealthy cooking oil. As much as possible reduce cooking oil use when frying, which includes even the best cooking oils like olive oil. Do not consume fried foods when you are tired, except if the body is very fit.


8. Consuming raw (overly done) foods also add to the burden of liver.
Veggies should be eaten raw or cooked 3-5 parts. Fried veggies should be finished in one sitting, do not store.

We should prevent this without necessarily spending more. We just have to adopt a good daily lifestyle and eating habits. Maintaining good eating habits and time condition are very important for our bodies to absorb and get rid of unnecessary chemicals according to "schedule."

TAKE CARE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH !

9. HIV

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What do you know about HIV/AIDS?

What is HIV?
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

HIV attacks the immune system's soldiers - the CD4 cells. When the immune system loses too many CD4 cells, you are less able to fight off infection and can develop serious opportunistic infections (OIs). A person is diagnosed with AIDS when he or she has less than 200 CD4 cells and/or one of 21 AIDS-defining OIs.
· Common myth: "HIV doesn't cause AIDS."
· Truth: If you don't have HIV, you can't get AIDS. If you have AIDS, you have HIV. There is 20 years of solid scientific proof on this. AIDS is not caused by party drugs, AZT, government conspiracies, or anything else but a virus.

The HIV Test
There is only one reliable way to find out your HIV status and that is to take the HIV test. The most common test is an antibody test called ELISA. A positive result means you have antibodies for HIV and you are infected with the virus.
· Common myth: "The HIV test can't be trusted."
· Truth: The HIV antibody test is one of the most reliable medical tests. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is more than 99% accurate. In addition, all positive results are confirmed with another test (called the Western Blot) to insure no mistakes are made.

Why Should I get Tested if There is no Cure for HIV?
There is no cure for HIV. But there are drugs that can slow down the virus and protect your immune system. There are also drugs to treat and prevent OIs. If you do not know your status you cannot get the health care and treatment you may need to stay well. You are also more likely to unknowingly pass HIV to others.

HIV - Facts - A step towards awareness

1) HIV can never survive in any other liquid* medium also other than blood or semen

2) Even if one drinks an HIV infected blood (or semen) of someone (ingest through Gastro Intestinal track), the virus can not survive in the acidic pH of stomach*. Highest extent of acidity is 0 (practically not possible) so imagine 1 as pH which is in our stomach. (This pH can burn your own finger in less than a second if you dip in that acid).

3) Exposure of less than 1 second in AIR KILLS the HIV virus* (hence story of needle pricks in Cinema theatres is a crap). Even if blood from a wound (of infected person) dries up (*blood clot*), *the virus dies*and can not infect anyone else

4) HIV transmission is *ONLY* an *INFECTION* i.e. entrance of virus in one's body. It *DOES NOT MEAN AIDS*.

5) An HIV-infected person (after entrance of virus) can progress to a condition of AIDS only after *8 to 10 YEARS *

6) It is *not HIV (virus) that kills a human* .....the virus attacks immune cells (cells that fight against foreign pathogens/antigens) and hence a person's ability to fight against infections & diseases slowly diminishes and person ultimately dies of a disease which could be as simple as TB

7) Most importantly, HIV is no longer a dreadful disease ... it is "*CHRONIC MANAGEABLE DISEASE*" just like Diabetes or Hypertension.

8) If there is anything you need to be careful from to prevent HIV is Unsafe sex*, *Blood transfusion* (check before taking) /Blood donation (use sterilized needles only) and any *blood contact during an accident *or so where amount of bleeding is very high.