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In August 2016, a team from the Rotary Bangalore District 3190, etched their names in history, by collecting 3034 litres of blood across 13 locations in Karnataka, over the course of 8 hours. It was a Guinness World Record for blood donation, and they still hold it today. Among this team of volunteers was Lata Amashi, a 64-year-old who has been involved in serving the underprivileged in Karnataka for the past 17 years. Her energy and drive to make a change have made her a woman with a can-do attitude.
Kanta was in her early 30s when she became the prime mover of the voluntary blood donation movement in the region.
Age sits delicately on her. Kanta Saroop Krishen will turn 89 next month, but she looks years younger as she beams her beautiful smile. Tell her that, and she waves a hand dismissively. A workaholic all her life, if there is one thing that irritates her, it’s the inability of her body to keep pace with her indomitable spirit. “There is so much I want to do, but age is holding me back,” she murmurs, radiant in her pearls.
Kanta was in her early 30s when she became the prime mover of the voluntary blood donation movement in the region. It started when her husband, an ICS officer, moved to Chandigarh in 1960 with their three children. “Not quite satisfied with my usual routine of cooking, gardening, sewing et al, I offered my services to PGI,” she recalls. Two months later, Dr J G Jolly, who was tasked with setting up a blood transfusion department at PGI, knocked at her door. The feisty young mother jumped into the movement with her characteristic fervor. “Those days, poor and malnourished people would sell their blood for a pittance,” she says, telling you how she saw laborers donate blood and then collapse on the streets.
“Blood is a miracle cure. I am happy that I have been able to contribute. I hope blood banks continue to flourish and help people in need until they find a substitute for blood.” — Kanta Saroop Krishen
The heavy casualties in the 1962 Indio-China war further intensified the demand for blood. Kanta spread her wings to relay the message of blood donation. It wasn’t easy, given the myths associated with donating blood. “We would have men say things like ‘if I give blood to her, she will become my sister’ or ‘I will lose my vigor’.” After the movement took off in Chandigarh, Kanta started holding camps in neighboring states.
PDG William R. “Bob” Stetter sent in more information about the amazing work going on in Valentine, Nebraska. We recognize his efforts during a decade of blood drives since January 2003 and for serving as blood drive coordinator for 10 years.  Virginia “Jeanie” Cozad should be recognized for taking over his position as coordinator in January 2013 after his tenure of 10 years.  She has obviously done a fantastic job as shown by the numbers of collections.  For more about Valentine, NE please continue reading -
Walakira Francis Borgia writes about the positive changes Rotary has brought his District, D9211, in Tanzania and Uganda. 
D9211 is composed of Tanzania and Uganda in East Africa.
In March 2017 the RI President John Germ was in Kampala to Commission the Mengo Hospital Rotary Blood Bank.
This week, the GNBD received notice from Rotary International about booth 315 being awarded for exhibition in the House of Friendship during the Rotary International convention in Toronto, Canada.

Members of the Rotary Club of Accra-Ring Road Central recently embarked on a nationwide blood donation exercise as a way of giving back to society to support the nation’s health sector.

The annual blood donation exercise is undertaken by the club to help tackle the problem of regular shortage of blood in the major health facilities in the country. It is the main reason why the club decided to embark on this noble cause which stems out of their cardinal virtues. Last year, the club’s partnership with the National Blood Bank was such a success, hence the repetition this year; though this time around in Greater Accra Region alone.

On Friday, November 24, 2017, Rotary Club of Accra-Ring Road Central organised its second annual blood donation exercise in partnership with the National Blood Bank, which took place at Accra Academy in Bubuashie. The exercise produced 178 pints of blood, which is on record as the largest ever to have happened in Greater Accra Region.

The President of Rotary Club of Accra-Ring Road Central, Tony Asare, stated that service to humanity comes in many forms but one which touches the health of the people and saves lives is a noble one. He used the opportunity to encourage the general public to help stock the National Blood Bank with enough blood in order to help save more lives. Today you donate to someone's life, tomorrow someone will donate to save that of a dear one of yours.

The Rotary Mega Club of Lagos Island in partnership with Kewalram Chanrai has held a blood donation camp in Lagos where they urged Nigerians to voluntarily donate blood to save lives.

The group at the just concluded 3rd edition of the Rotary Mega Club of Lagos Island District 9110 Nigeria/Kewalram Chanrai blood donation camp held at Headquarters, AFPRINT Compound 112-132, Oshodi – Apapa Expressway Isolo, Lagos, recorded 78 blood donors and realized 61 pints of blood after screening with help from the staff and equipment from the blood transfusion unit of the Lagos State Ministry of Health, Alausa, Ikeja.

Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kewalram Chanrai, Mr. Siva Subramanian; the Executive Director, Human Resources, Mr. Saibal Majundar; the wife of the President, Rotary Mega Club of Lagos Island, Geetika Tandon, the Club Secretary Mamta Debroy, among others pleaded to humanity to very heartily donate blood generously to save lives, especially the patients and other critical beneficiaries at the point of death, in surgical operations.

In addition, they reiterated the urgent need to join Rotary International, with a view to positively and gainfully expand its frontiers in humanitarianism while providing succour to the needy with their talents, treasures, time for devoted contributions, to happily improve the lots of others, as government alone could not provide all the heinous pressing demands and expectations, especially in the areas of effective, adequate health care service delivery and other pressing areas of continued human empowerment as well at all times.

The maiden blood donation camp was held on July 28, 2017 in conjunction with Airtel telecommunications at its Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos headquarters subsequently followed by the second project sponsored by the Club in conjunction with the Chellarams Plc at its Apapa-Oshodi Expressway Headquarters on September 29, 2017.

The event was to publicly acknowledge and appreciate voluntary unpaid blood donors and other stakeholders who have shown commitment to saving the lives of patients requiring blood transfusion therapy across the country. The ceremony which coincided with the National Blood Donor Day celebration and the launch of the annual blood donation campaign also provided the platform for increasing awareness about achieving the national supplies based entirely on voluntary unpaid blood donation and emphasize the need for timely access to safe blood and blood products at all times.

Williams King Adamptey from the Eastern Region won the national best donor prize for donating 57 times and was rewarded with a citation and a double door fridge. Christian Ababio from the Greater Accra Region, who had donated 53 times voluntarily, came in second and was rewarded with a citation and a deep freezer, while Maxwell Yaw Anokye who had donated 51 times from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) was third and got a citation and a flat screen television.

At the regional level, specifically the capital, Samuel Amissah, 49 donations, Winfred Dugbetey, 46 donations, Sam Frank Kweitecco, 45 donations took the first, second and third prizes, respectively. They also received citations and gifts. Elizabeth Kpogo from the Greater Accra Region took the best female blood donor ward with 33 donations, while Richard Adzigbe took the best youth donor award with 29 donations. Dr Ernest Aseidu, Head of Quality Management Unit of the Ministry of Health (MoH), lauded the organisers for the occasion, indicating it was important as it serves as a reminder for safe blood collections from regular voluntary blood donation sources.

He stated that although it is right for voluntary donors to be celebrated, it is important to note that the country's blood supplies still fall short of the units required by patients who need blood transfusion due to over reliance on family replacement system. “I would, therefore, like to use this occasion to appeal to all Ghanaians to accept voluntary blood donation as a civic responsibility and a duty to our society,” he underscored.

He said a move from the family replacement system “will enable us redouble our efforts to attain the 100 percent voluntary blood donation target by year 2020.” “Government is committed to achieving this target by prioritising the passage of the National Blood Service Bill to provide the requisite legal framework to accelerate progress towards its achievement,” he disclosed.

Dr Michael Ebo Acquah of the NBSG, who spoke on the theme for the celebration, 'Blood Donation in Emergencies', added that adequate supply of blood during emergencies requires a well-organised blood service and a blood donor population committed to voluntary unpaid blood donation throughout the year. “Only 36.2 percent of the 160,624 units of blood collected in 2016 were from voluntary blood donors, the rest 63 percent were from family replacement donors which is often known to be a hidden paid system that compromises the adequacy and safety of the national blood supplies of any country that depends on it,” he said.

Dr Acquah explained that the country can move away from the worrying situation if just one percent of Ghana's population commits to donating blood regularly. Mr Adotei Brown, Past District Governor, Rotary District 9102, in his remarks as the chair called on stakeholders to think of innovative ways of sustaining voluntary blood donations.

The Rotary club of Killeen, Texas along with support from the Rotary clubs of Harker Heights, Killeen-Heights, Killeen Evening and Copperas Cove hosted the 2nd annual Pints for Polio Blood drive. The drive is held in conjunction with World Polio Day, and the mission is saving lives locally and impacting polio globally.  The drive is a dual faceted campaign to collect blood and raise money for Polio Plus.  Rotarians are encourage to support the campaign in 1 of 3 ways.
  1. Donating Blood and/or
  2. Donating $10 to their clubs Polio Plus club and/or
  3. Solicit a sponsor to match funds for units (ie donate $10 per unit of blood collected)
This year we collected 38 units which will help over 110 lives at local hospitals. The combined club effort also raised over $2000 towards Polio Plus.
2016’s campaign collected 22 units, helping save 66 lives and raised over $3000 towards Polio Plus.
In January 2018, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of My Blood for Others. More than 350,000 donors were welcomed during these 20 years in 140 cities in France and abroad
The blood collection in Toulouse, France which is held each year in January, is the largest in Europe and is a great pride for Rotary. Our motto "Service above Self" finds with My Blood for Others one of its finest achievements, saving tens of thousands of lives. The image of Rotary is supported by the presence of many volunteers in the heart of the cities but also by all the articles published in the media
This action would deserve to be extended to other countries which could give it global visibility
To give blood is to save lives
Ambala: To celebrate the founder's day of Maharishi Markandeshwar University (MMU), Sadopur, National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of MMU organized a blood donation camp here on Monday. As many as 91 people donated blood at the camp. The vice-chancellor of the university, Dr Harish Sharma, inaugurated the event. "Blood donation is considered as 'mahadan' and every person should dutifully donate blood. During emergency people who suffer accidents need blood. If we donate blood we can help one of the many persons who suffer serious injuries," said chancellor Tarsem Garg.

The blood donation camp was held in collaboration with the Rotary and Blood Bank Society Resource Center, Chandigarh. Blood was being collected by the rotary club under the supervision of Dr Roli Agarwal. "There were a total of 120 registrations, out of which 91 units of blood were collected. All the donors went through medical checkup before and after donating blood," Agarwal said. The donors were provided with refreshments and awarded appreciation certificates as well.

Bhubaneswar : Today morning ROTARY Club of Bhubaneswar Heritage organized its 1st Blood Donation camp at country’s Premier Institute-Hotel Management (IHM), VSS Nagar, Bhubaneswar. As a part of its campaign for “SAVE BLOOD”, a Mega Blood Donation Camp was inaugurated by Chartered President Sri Debabrat Panigrahi. Among others Dr DK Swain, Principal of IHM, Dr Joydev Ghosh, Blood Bank Officer were present on the occasion being jointly organized by Heritage Club & IHM. President Dibya Ranjan Dash, Secretary BK Sahoo, PP Rtn Vinod Kumar, PP Bishnu Mohan Mohanty and Ann Mrs Vijaya Mishra also on behalf of Heritage participated in the camp. Being arranged on the occasion of 44th Foundation Day of the Nation’s premier Hotel Management Institute (IHM) Dr DK Swain welcomed Rotarian Guests and thanked them for organizing such a novel initiative by Heritage Club. About 120 units of blood were collected during the camp as students of the institute largely participated & encouraged the successful for holding of such mega blood donation camp.

A Poster Competition on the theme of Blood Donation Drive was also organized by IHM on this great occasion and 5 nos. of Awards were given away by Heritage Club to the winners of the said competition arranged here. President Dibya Ranjan Dash thanked Rotarian Dr DK Swain, Principal and his IHM Team for extending their novel hands for the good cause of the society to commemorate their Foundation Day. Besides he told that we have planned to collect about 2000 units of blood to be arranged in this year.

Haribabu calls for more awareness among people about blood donation

Over 2000 students from different colleges, including engineering and other professional colleges, participated in a mega blood donation camp that was organised by Andhra University, here on Friday. Inaugurating the camp, MP K. Haribabu said no one should in the city die due to shortage of blood. It is our duty to see that there is sufficient stock of blood in various blood banks throughout the year. Mr. Haribabu said along with the overall development of the city, incidences of accidents and fatal diseases, where there is need of urgent transfusion of blood is also on the rise. And the balance between demand and supply should always be maintained.

Appreciating enthusiasm of students, he urged them to come forward and encourage the culture of blood donation and also create awareness among others that there is nothing wrong in donating blood. “It is in fact good to donate once in a while and one should know that a donor can save at least three lives,” he said. Addressing students, Vice-Chancellor G. Nageswara Rao said AU targets to give at least 10,000 units of blood every year to various blood banks in the city. O Naresh Kumar of Symbiosis Technologies said the HB count among most of the adolescent girls in the district was far below the desired level and they should concentrate on eating nutritious food to improve the HB level.

Registrar V. Umamaheswara Rao said it was nice to see the participation of girls increasing with every passing year. Apart from donating blood, students of various colleges were entertained by the students of AU, who put up a number of cultural shows to mark the event. “It was not like participating in a blood donation camp but it was like taking part in a college cultural fest. And at the same time we had the satisfaction of donating blood for a cause,” said Sri Lakshmi from a private degree college. The camp was supported by various blood banks such as NTR Blood Bank, Indian Red Cross, AS Raja, Rotary, Lions, KGH and Gayatri Medical College.

Representatives from The Global Blood Fund (GBF), Global Network for Blood Donation (GNBD) and Safe Blood for Africa met in Chicago Illinois on July 13, 2013 to present the scope of work each group is involved with Globally. The four presentations can be found under the downloadable files at The meeting was attended by Rotarian Blood Center Executives and Board members.  Prior to the meeting, a request for potential projects was posted through the GNBD membership.  A number of projects were identified following this request and they were discussed and plans are underway to further validate the long term sustainability of the Projects. 
On the 7th and 8th of July, as part of the activities marking the installation of a new District Rotaract Representative (DRR), Rotarians and rotaractors gathered at the Women Development Center in Abakaliki to donate blood to save lives of patients in our hospitals. We invited the University of Nigeria teaching hospital Enugu and the Federal Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki to come for screening of of volunteers and collecting blood for use by patients. We were able to raise 59 units(pints) of blood at the end of the program. 25 units was donated to UNTH, while 34 units was donated to the Federal teaching hospital in Abakaliki.The public were also informed through the media (radio Nigeria FM Abakaliki and Enugu respectively) in their news broadcast that rotarians and their partners have donated blood which has been deposited at the mentioned hospital for easy assessment and use. 
PAG Ijeoma Okpe 
District Chair on Blood donation Challenge 
The GNBD exhibited at the RI Convention in Atlanta. Many new members joined the Rotarian Action Group focused on promoting the merits of voluntary blood donation.
Throughout Latin America , there is a chronic shortage of blood. But, as elsewhere in the world, local clinics and hospitals use paid donors as their primary source.  Paid donors have a higher incidence of blood borne diseases than voluntary blood donors.  These include AN ALARMING RISE IN THE INCIDENCE OF AIDS and Hepatitis.  In fact, where the US rate of donor volunteers approaches 5% of the population, the rate in these countries is far less than 1%.  THE USE OF CONTAMINATED BLOOD IS A MAJOR HEALTH PERIL IN THESE COUNTRIES.
The GNBD Annual Meeting will take place during the RI Convention in Atlanta.  The meeting will be on Tuesday, June 13, 2017  from 1630 - 1800 in Room A406
The GNBD Nominating Committee is proposing the following slate of Officers for the 2017-2019 Rotary years:
President (Chair) – Daniel Long
Vice President – Jean-Claude Brocart PDG
Secretary – B.J. Smith
Treasurer -  Lela Cote
Immediate Past President – Cees Th. Smit Sibinga
Additional nominee proposals will be accepted until May 26, 2017. Thereafter, details on the location of the GNBD Annual Meeting and proxy requests will be made for voting purposes in Atlanta.
Greetings Friends, 
The Global Network for Blood Donation, our Rotarian Action Group, has been a partner with the Global Blood Fund and Safe Blood Africa for many years. In cooperation with these other organizations, we are exploring the feasibility of joint international projects around blood donation sustainability.  We are evaluating potential sustainable projects around the globe. Projects will need a lead Rotary Club in the potential geography. Please email project proposals to me at
This initial evaluation is very premature and uncertain but your response is appreciated.  For more information about our partner organizations, please see the websites listed below: 
The Global Network for Blood Donation,

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