On June 14th, people around the globe come together to celebrate World Blood Donor Day. This day is a time for the global blood donation community to reflect on what it takes to help others receive life-saving support.
At MSBC, we also wanted to help raise awareness and support this campaign as much as we were able. With the help of the Prathama Foundation, we took the initiative to organise a Blood Donation Drive that took place on the 3rd of June 2022.
All MSBC employees that volunteered to donate blood underwent a health check to see if they were fit to donate and then proceeded to complete the blood donation process.
Overall, it was a great opportunity to recruit new donors as well as raise awareness of the importance of donating blood.
Who can give blood?
Most people can give blood if they are in good physical health. However, there are some basic requirements one needs to fulfill in order to become a blood donor.
Below are some basic eligibility guidelines:
• You are aged between 18 and 65
• Weigh more than 50kg
• Must be in good health
• For more details please visit - https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-blood-donor-day/2022/who-can-give-blood
According to WHO, there are more than two billion people with little or no access to safe blood and blood products worldwide. To fight this global issue, organisations around the world are encouraged to donate blood in order to save lives.
More than half of the patients who receive transfusions have cancer, and many more have cardiovascular disease; because of this, more than 10 million procedures are annually performed.
Of the 118.5 million blood donations collected globally, 40% of these are collected in high-income countries, home to 16% of the world’s population.
In low-income countries, up to 54 % of blood transfusions are given to children under 5 years of age; whereas, in high-income countries, the most frequently transfused patient group is over 60 years of age, accounting for up to 76% of all transfusions.
For more facts visit - https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/blood-safety-and-availability
Thank you to all our employees who took part and MSBC would also like to give our heartfelt appreciation to those at The Prathama Foundation who work tirelessly to mass mobilize the society for voluntary blood donation – to find out more about this please visit - Prathama Blood Centre - Blood Bank in Ahmedabad (business.site)
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