Kigali, June 13, 2018: Every year on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD).
The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gift of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the theme of this 2018 campaign is blood donation as an action of solidarity.
It highlights the fundamental human values of altruism, respect, empathy and kindness which underline and sustain voluntary unpaid blood donation systems.
We have adopted the slogan, “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life”, to draw attention to the roles that voluntary donation systems play in encouraging people to care for one another and generate social ties and a united community.
In Rwanda, the Ministry of Health (MoH) through the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) in its Division of National Centre for Blood Transfusion (NCBT) together with different institutions, Private and public, local and International NGOs, and Blood donors, on 14th June every year conduct a variety of events and activities to thank all voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.
The World Blood Donor Day 2018 activities will focus on different activities aiming at mobilizing general population to regularly donate blood and initiating new entrants in blood donation.
For the WBDD 2018, key events will include;
– Huye Mass mobilization and blood collection drive in the University of Rwanda – Huye campus. This event was organized by the Rwanda Pharmaceutical Students Association (RPSA / AEPHAR) in collaboration with Regional Center for Blood Transfusion of Butare (Southern Province).
– Mass mobilization and Blood Collection drive in Ruhunde – Burera District of Northern Province.
– Mass mobilization and Blood Collection drive in Rutunga – Gasabo District of Kicukiro District (Central Region).
– Mass mobilization and blood collection drive in IPRC Karongi – Karongi District of Western Province.
– Mass mobilization and Blood Collection drive in Mugera, Gatsibo District of Eastern Province.
– Mass mobilization and Blood Collection drive in Kanama – Catholique, Rubavu District of Western Province.
The National Centre for Blood Transfusion mission is to “Provide safe, effective and adequate blood and blood products to all patients in need”.
In 2017, RBC/NCBT collected 68,695 blood units from voluntary non-remunerated blood donors from 568 blood collection sites established countrywide.
These units were segmented into 83,134 blood products.
Throughout the year 2017, the Centre distributed 83,134 blood products out of 91,728 requested blood products, i.e 92,6% hospital satisfaction.
According to 2017 statistics, every hour, 8-10 blood components are used by blood transfusion facilities in Rwanda.
Approximately 225 blood component units are needed every day in Rwanda.
A single unit of donated blood can save more than 1 life. In Rwanda every patient requiring transfusion has full access to safe blood.
Providing safe and adequate blood through well-organized, national blood systems should be an integral part of national health-care policy.