Missing Types Campaign to raise awareness for donating life-saving blood

Some 100 outstanding Vietnamese blood donors were honoured in an event to celebrate World Blood Donor Day on June 9 in Hà Nội. — VNS

Health care organisations like WHO, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organisations (IFBDO) and the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT), work jointly to organise international level programs to promote people globally.

In an interview with JIS News, blood donor organiser at the National Blood Transfusion Centre, Igol Allen, said it is important for prospective donors to remember that blood donation is not just beneficial to persons who will receive the blood.

"When the letters vanish from everyday life, the gaps are striking", the organization says.

According to Mani, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds.

"We need only two per cent of the population to give blood annually to be able to meet our local demand for the precious commodity", he said. By joining the #MissingType movement, donors can find out their blood type this summer.

Lily Dotson and her family know how serious blood shortages can be for patients. This is only available for Whole Blood donors and additional information about this notification can be found in the app's Terms of Use. Those in need include: cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and their mothers, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more.

Nguyễn Ngọc Thành. — VNS
Nguyễn Ngọc Thành. — VNS

"I know the NY Yankees and Boston Red Sox, but locally you're going to see a lot on social media and you'll see stuff at Hoffman's and Stewart's".

The SANBS hopes this irreverent "disappearing act" will similarly weave a special kind of magic, where only one per cent of South Africans give blood regularly.

In fact, for the past four years, new Red Cross donors have declined by about 80,000 each year.

Community Blood Center is counting on blood donors and their "Do it yourself" spirit to help build a better blood supply this summer. World Blood Donor Day falls on the birthday of Karl Landsteiner (June 14, 1868). Most individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

Like other parts of the globe, World Blood Donor Day will be marked on June 14 (Thursday) in Pakistan to raise awareness of the problem and thank donors worldwide.

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