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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.
 
 
 
 
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 9110 BOOSTS LAGOS BLOOD BANK
 
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.
 
 
 
DISTRICT 9110 CONDUCT BLOOD DONATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
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 http://www.who.int/features/2016/blood-donor-and-recipient/en/ 
 
 
 
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.  
 
Check out this blog at   http://rotarianeconomist.com/rotary-action-groups/disease-preventiontreatment-saving-lives/
 

 
Daniel Long receives honor for extraordinary blood donation efforts
 
PLANO, Texas (Nov. 10, 2015) – Induction into a hall of fame means one achieved something of greatness. Few people inducted into a hall of fame can say they saved thousands of lives. Daniel Long of Plano is being recognized for his years of contributions to the cause of blood donation which saves lives and in which Long has encouraged more than 1500 people to participate during 2015.  
 
 
 
The Oklahoma City Rotary Club is looking to help fund blood banking projects outside of the US.  If you are a Global Network member who knows of a Rotary Foundation approved or pending grant request that the Oklahoma club might support, please contact jarmitage@obi.org .  Similarly, if GN members have blood bank & Rotary connections that might be brought together to generate worthy projects that the Rotary Foundation might approve in the future, please contact jarmitage@obi.org.  Thank you in advance for your assistance in helping GNBD catalyze tangible progress in transfusion care and raise the profile of blood donation needs among the huge family of Rotary clubs.    
 

 
 
The rotary Club of Jaipur Mid Town ( RI District 3052) organized the following 4 blood donation camps:
 
Date         Units                  Venue
7th July      249                     Village Dhodsar
24th July     268                    Mayur Unicoters
8th Aug       165                    Genus Power infrastructure
11th Aug     181                    Genus Invertors
19th Aug     200                     Poornima Universty
 
 
 
 
Consider Joining ADRP
The Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals (ADRP) is an international organization dedicated to helping donor recruitment professionals.  ADRP educates and empowers professionals who are committed to donor recruitment, donor experience and donor management by providing a forum for networking, professional development and resource sharing. 
 
 
 
 
June 14, 2015 was World Blood Donor Day.  the theme of this year's campaign was "Thank you for Saving my life".  It focused on thanking blood donors who save lives every day through their blood donations and strongly encourages more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly with the slogan "Give freely, give often.  Blood Donation Matters". The campaign aimed to highlight stories from people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, as a way of motivating regular blood donors to continue giving blood.   http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-blood-donor-day/2015/en/
 
 
Here are some highlights from how people around the world celebrated World Blood Donor Day:
 
 
 
The Global Network for Blood Donation  (GNBD) exhibited in the House of Friendship  (HOF) at the Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The HOF was held at the Anhembi convention center.  BJ Smith (USA) and Cees Smit Sibinga (Netherlands) greeted guests to the booth by promoting voluntary blood donation by Rotarians.  Over 100 new members joined the GNBD during the course of the convention.
 
 
 
 
A recent Global Blood Fund backed donor recruitment drive in Kenya has resulted in a significant uplift in donation activity — and more lives saved.
GBF helped train community based "Club 25" members as blood donor recruiters. We also supported the resulting blood drives by hiring tents to shelter the donors, cover transport costs and source promotional education materials.
 
 
 
Global Blood Fund recently led a blood donor recruitment training program for the marketing team at the Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia, Africa.  The week-long classroom and field-based coaching gave the team new insights into donor engagement along with a list of 40-plus action items to increase donation.
 
 
 
Do you have an interesting idea for an article or story?  Or, are you interested in joining the Global Network for Blood Donation? If so, contact BJ Smith at bjsmith@carterbloodcare.org or Michelle Johnson at michellejohnson@carterbloodcare.org
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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