Meenakshi Jewellers : Treating Thalassemia Patients Like No Other

Meenakshi Jewellers is India’s leading manufacturer, wholesaler and exporter of 22-carat gold jewellery and gemencrusted gold ornaments. Established in 1951, the prestigious Navdurga Group is behind this enterprise. Located in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Meenakshi Jewellers relies on the ability of its experienced and capable craftsmen. Their detailed and delicate work is enhanced by the gemstones used, and their traditionally inspired designs appeal to discerning customers.

From the finest sources come an irradiant array of gemstones, which enhance and perfect the look of their golden jewellery, including high-grade rubies and sapphires, sourced from Burma, cut by experts in Bangkok, with maximum carat weight. Their finest designers and artisans, painstakingly produce intricate jewellery, selected carefully by the quality control team. Providing quality service to its customers is second to none.

CSR Initiatives

Thalassemia and Sickle Cell Society (TSCS) is a registered non-profit organization established in 1998 by patient’s parents, doctors and well-wishers to give comprehensive care, cure and counselling to people suffering from thalassemia and sickle cell disease. TSCS is the only place in the state of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh wherein a transfusion centre with an attached blood bank manages the treatment of thalassemia, sickle cell anaemia and other blood disorders in Hyderabad. The society started with twenty children and reached 2,536 in Dec 2018. A comprehensive database of patients is maintained for research purpose.

Vuppala Venkaiah Memorial Blood Bank – Helping thalassemia kids: This blood bank was launched in 2010 keeping in view the need for safe blood for thalassemia kids. This is a major effort towards keeping the kids away from the adverse effect of unsafe blood transfusion. The blood bank has a good number of voluntary donations from various organizations in and around the areas. Their prompt and quick actions ensure safety of the blood and maintain better quality of the components. TSCS supports almost 1300 inhouse thalassemia-affected kids and also caters to the needs of the nearby hospitals on a daily basis.

Vuppala Krishnarao Chandrakala Diagnostic Centre – Offering excellent laboratory facilities: Established in 2011, this diagnostic centre offers facilities for carrying out laboratory investigations in the diagnostic field. They have a wide range of laboratory testing services like biochemistry, clinical pathology, hormonal assay, microbiology, haematology, histopathology, ECG, Clotting Factors & HPLC for screening HbA2 levels. The lab has high quality precision equipment that provides qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis of biological fluids, such as blood, serum, tissue, urine, stool, etc.

Aarogyasari – Providing community health insurance: It is a unique community health insurance scheme being implemented in TSCS. Aarogyasari is the flagship scheme of all health initiatives of the state government with a mission to provide quality healthcare to the poor. The scheme provides financial protection to families living below poverty line with white card for up to `2 lakh in a year for the treatment of thalassemia-affected children. The objective of the scheme is to improve the access of the below the poverty line families to quality medical care for the treatment of thalassemia involving hospitalization, surgeries and therapies at Kamala Hospital & Research Centre, a unit of TSCS.

Research collaboration: They have a research collaboration with a number of organizations in Hyderabad like Institute of Genetics, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnosis, Genetic Department of Kamineni Hospitals, Genome Foundation. Apart from these, TSCS has collaborations with CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), New Delhi and Sankalp Foundation, Bangalore.

Apart from these, TSCS is engaged in other activities in providing quality medical services to the needy people:

  • Around 1,300 children are given free blood transfusion every month.
  • Free periodic medical check-up is done with multi-specialty doctors.
  • In 2018, around l2,17l blood units were given to thalassemia patients out of 15, 930 blood units collected from blood donors during this year. Multi-organ screening camps were conducted in January, March, July, September and December for TCSC patients.
  • Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) of children are done in collaboration with Sankalp Foundation.
  • The society facilitated in establishing prenatal diagnosis centre in Hyderabad with the help of Fernandez Hospital and CDFD.
  • A new building was constructed at Shivarampally, Rajendranagar, Rangareddy district with modern facilities at blood bank and transfusion centre.

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