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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
As part of its CSR activities, IHS Nigeria in association with Rotary Club of Lagos Island organized a blood donation drive in Lagos as a response to the urgent need for increased blood reserves in Nigeria.
Dr. Merlyn Sayers and B.J. Smith of the GNBD  and Shankar Goudar presented RI President John Germ a customized honorary vampire cape in Chattanooga Tennessee on April 19, 2017.
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,
Please visit the Global Network for Blood Donation booth 2918 in Atlanta.

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The Rotary Club of Lagos Island, in conjunction with Toleram Group has held a free blood donation  campaign to increase the blood available at the bloodbank of the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service (LSBTS). The exercise was also aimed to encourage voluntary blood donation and save lives. The office turned into a make-shift hospital, with many young men thronging the facility to donate blood. It held the entire day and 86 pints were got, even though 116 were registered for the exercise.

Community members came together at the Parkside Activity Center (PAC) March 13 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. to participate in the first of the Wellman Rotary Club’s sponsored blood drive, run by the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC). 

Donor Relations Consultant Chris Ciasto supervises the drive, along with 150 blood drives across Washington, Louisa, Johnson, Muscatine, and Cedar counties. There are about 35 more consultants like Chris across Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Missouri, where the MVRBC operates. 

Bemidji Rotary recently sponsored a successful blood drive March 6 at the Eagles Clug in Bemidji. Fifty-one people volunteered to donate blood and 50 people were able to give. Eight people gave blood on the automated 2RBC machine that collects two units of red blood cells, which resulted in 58 total products. Seven people volunteered for the first time,

Ashley Stevens coordinated the drive. Bemidji Rotary was also responsible for registering donors and providing refreshments. Others who assisted included Larry Young, Wayne Haugen, Laurie Tabaka and Dana Lee. Space to hold the drive was provided by the Eagles.

Rayat- Bahra Ropar Campus added to its list of philanthropist tasks by organizing its Voluntary Blood Donation Camp in connection with celebrating the International Science Day.

Students from all colleges participated with great enthusiasm. The Camp was organized in association with with Punjab Health Systems Corporation, SGHS Charitable Hospital Sohana, Rotary Club Ropar and NSS Unit of RIEIT and Rayat Institute of Management.

It was inaugurated by, Deputy Commissioner Ropar shri Karnesh Sharma IAS& Chairman RBGI Gurvinder singh Bahra along with campus director Dr Suresh Seth. Dr R.S. Parmar, PDG Rotary Club Rupnagar and Dr Sneh Lata Badhwar, Principal Government College Rupnagar, were the Guest of Honor.

Rotary Club of Accra - Ring Road Central in partnership with Rotary Clubs in Ghana and The National Blood Service of Ghana to lead a Nationwide Blood Donation Campaign.

This campaign has been developed with the following objectives:
1.  Address the shortage of blood in Ghana
2.  Take blood donation from once a year to a lifestyle for Ghanaians as part of their social duty
3.  Give Rotary more publicity by demonstrating what we are really about as we continue to serve humanity
The holiday season is the perfect time to encourage people to give the gift of life.
It was a sunny Saturday morning on 5th November between 8:00am till 4:30pm, the Rotary International district 91110 in partnerships with Rotary Clubs of Agege, Ikeja Centra, Ikeja GRA, Ikeja South, Isolo, Lagos Palmgroove Estate and Maryland organized blood donation camp. The event saw more than 70 people responding to the call and submitting themselves to donate their blood to the blood bank.
Nigeria lacks sources of safe blood for hospital patients in need of transfusions. Unfortunately, when blood is needed, most often it comes from a donor paid by the patient’s family, if one can be found with the proper blood type in time. Nigeria needs three million (3,000,000) units of safe blood annually (2% of 150 million of population). The annual deficit is put at over 1,800,000 units. This deficit results in-transfusion of blood from high risk donors such as donor paid.
As one of her health concerns programs for 2016-2017 Rotary year, the Rotary International district 9110 conducted blood donation awareness campaign to create awareness among Rotarians and non-Rotarians to voluntary donate blood.
The unveiling of the voluntary blood donation awareness flyers was performed by the D9110 Governor, Rot Patrick Ikheloa assisted by the executive secretary of Lagos State Blood Transfusion Services, Dr (Mrs) Modupe Olaiya and D9110 Blood Donation Committee Chairman, Rot (Dr) Femi Akodu. In attendance were district leaders and Rotarians from clubs within the district.
The objective of this campaign is to make general public aware about blood donation and its benefits. We make every effort to motivate people to come forward and donate for this noble cause. We specially encourage first time donors as we believe that once the initial hesitation/fear goes away, the donor starts enjoying and look forward to the next camp.

The Rotary Club of Venugram has embarked on a challenging task of organising a mega blood donation camp. They plan to collect 1000 units of blood and give it to Belagavi Institute of Medical Sciences, Mahaveer Blood Bank and KLE Hospital on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.

The GNBD exhibited at the Rotary International Convention in Seoul, South Korea. During the meeting, over sixty new members joined the GNBD Rotarian Action Group. The GNBD Annual Meeting was held on May 31, 2016.
Our friends from the Korean Red Cross were having a blood drive.
The GNBD hosted a breakout session at the Rotary International Convention in Seoul, South Korea. The session was titled, Different Blood Drive Perspectives. Each of the presentations can be viewed in the downloads areas of this website.  The following individuals presented perspectives from around globe:
Cees Smith Sibinga - Netherlands
Jean-Claude Brocart - France
Sunhee Kim - South Korea
Kishore Kumar - India
B.J. Smith - USA
World Blood Donor day was June 14, 2016.  Check out the WBDD FaceBook page to see all the activities from around the world:
More stories from World Blood Donor Day:
Making of the World Blood Donor Day 2016 video. March 2016
For the preparations of the World Blood Donor Day, 14 June 2016, WHO is working with Sanquin, the national blood supply organization from the Netherlands. As a global campaign, some streets of Lisbon, Portugal, were transformed into scenes from around the world celebrating the value of blood donation and emphasizing the concept of the 2016 campaign theme "Blood connects us all". These are photos from the video scenes highlighting stories of people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, to motivate regular blood donors to continue giving blood.
Visit the World Health Organization website to see all the pictures and stories 
This story was originally published in April 2015 to highlight the dedication of one Rotarian:  Arjun Prasad Mainali.  He is working to donate blood in as many countries as possible.
As of January 1st, 2016, he has donated blood 151 times with his latest donations in Anchorage, Alaska!  His current goal is to donate platelets 150 times in 2016!
His life's mission is to motivate Nepalese people around the world to donate blood.  Read his entire story......
Submitted by:  Pasquale Russo, Rotary Club of Campania, Napoli
The gift of blood in our country is a voluntary, anonymous, responsible, periodic and free act.
In Italy, the legislator, to encourage blood donations and to guarantee blood and his components, the donor grants employees the right to take time off work for the day when you make your donation, maintaining the normal salary; despite this the number of donors in 2015 is slightly down compared to the previous two years. This is a significant fact because it is to be referred to the difficulties in recruiting new donors and, in particular, to ensure generational replacement of the same, against the general negative demographic trends in Italy with particular attention about Campania Reg​ion , which results in a decrease of donors among younger age groups.
As a resource for the February 2016 Rotary International Presidential Conference on disease prevention and treatment, Mr Quentin Wodon, has compiled the Rotarian Economist blog.  This blog has a selected list of open access World Bank publications on health, nutrition and population..  While this list of open access publications does not specifically deal with blood donors, it still might be of interest to you.  
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