What is Thalassemia?

Thalassemia Major is a genetic blood disorder, where patient can not produce normal Haemoglobin. Red cells are unable to transport oxygen. In India, at every 10000 birth one child is born with Thalassemia Major. The prevalence in India is 1-3% with some regions of the country & certain ethnic communities being more affected. Children who inherit the affected gene from both father and mother have Thalassemia but the person with only one Thalassemia gene has little or no symptoms and is called a Thalassemia carrier or Thalassemia Minor.

Thalassemia Major

If both the parents are Thalassemia Minor, then there are 25% chances of having a Thalassemia Major baby, 50% chances of having Thalassemia Minor kids and only 25% chances of having absolute normal child.

Role of Maruthi Blood Bank and Research Foundation

Maruthi blood bank is committed to provide safe and quality blood to Thalassemia Major Children at free of cost:

Maruthi blood bank has more than 30 Thalassemic cases that come in for blood transfusion. To provide the safest, Qualitative blood on regular basis we have made a group of specific blood donors. They are known as “Thalassemia Support Group” thereby forming Thalassemia Support Program: Maruthi blood bank has identified blood donors and grouped them in groups of 6 who would regularly donate to the same thalassemia kid. This would prevent reaction and any further complication.


Thalassemia can be easily prevented. Thalassemia carriers should not get married to each other so that their children are not affected. Many countries in the world especially in the Mediteranian region have totally eradicated the disease by doing a Thalassemia tesing & sustained control program.