“Macau Rotary Blood Donation Day”

 
 15 March 2014 – In response to the “Give Back Give Blood” campaign of Macau’s six Rotary Clubs and the Macau Blood Transfusion Centre (SSM), about 70 people donated blood today.

“Rotary Blood Donation Day” was held today at Hou Kong Middle School. At the opening ceremony, Chair of the Organizing Committee, Patrick Kang, President of Rotary Club of Guia thanked all the donors as well as the participating parties. Dr. Cheang Seng Ip, Deputy Director of Macau Health Bureau said this blood’s drive has effectively aroused public concern, especially that of Caucasians on negative-blood supply of Macau Blood Transfusion Centre.

This year’s drive, which was launched as an annual event thirteenth years, strives to encourage more local Caucasians to donate blood regularly in order to raise the local blood bank’s negative-blood supply. Only 5 out of 1000 Asians have RhD negative blood whereas there are 14 – 15 out of 100 Caucasians have RhD negative blood. In addition, promotional booth for recruiting Bone Marrow/Haematopoietic Stem Cell Donors has been set up. According to the Heatlh Bureau, there are 550 registered donors in Macau.

http://www.ssm.gov.mo/cts/download/Register%20as%20a%20Bone%20Marrow_Leaflet.pdf

Rotary International District 3450 Governor, Eugene Fong said being part of the Rotary International, the first service club in the world, the six Rotary Clubs in Macau have been striving to carry out service projects of different aspects. He wishes they will act with continuity and then the local citizens will response to this “give blood” drive.

Supporting and sponsoring organizations of this event include Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM), the Health Bureau (SSM), the Macau Artists Association, Hou Kong Middle School.

 

INTRODUCTION

Initiated by Past President Alfredo Ritchie, Rotary Club of Macau in 2001, Macau Rotary Blood Donation Day has been a joint service project of the six Rotary Clubs in Macau and Macao Blood Transfusion Service of the Health Bureau (http://www.ssm.gov.mo/cts/en/homepage/news.php ) for 13 consecutive years.

 

OBJECTIVE

To arouse the public concern towards blood donation.

GOAL

Due to the economic boom in Macau since 2004, number of Caucasians visiting and living in Macau has prominently increased. Since 2007 the “give blood” drive strived to encourage more local Caucasians to donate blood regularly in order to raise the local blood bank’s negative-blood supply. Only 5 out of 1000 Asians have RhD negative blood whereas there are 14 – 15 out of 100 Caucasians have RhD negative blood.

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

·         Every year, the said project would be hosted by one of the six Rotary Clubs in Macau.

·         Based on the budget proposed by the host club, each club will contribute the same amount as project fund. In 2014, each club contributed around US$1,250. The said budget includes the cost of the following:

o    Production of promotional posters 

o    Variety Show (opening ceremony, performance, stage backdrop, audio visual equipments)

o    On site photo exhibition and promotional booth

o    Press conference

·         A convenient indoor venue (for blood donation) that has direct and easy access to another outdoor venue (for opening ceremony, variety show, promotional booth and photo exhibition of Rotary Club activities) will be chosen.

·         Macau Blood Transfusion Service is responsible to set up the blood drive venue.

·         Rotary Clubs involved are responsible to

o    Promote the said event to fellow Rotarians as well as the public. Since 2007, the organizing committee has directly communicated with those large organizations that have high percentages of Caucasian work force and gained their support for the give blood drive.

o    Recruit performers for the variety show such as Portuguese folk dance, silver band, magic show and etc.

·         In 2014, supporting and sponsoring organizations include Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (which lend the space for opening ceremony and variety show), the Health Bureau (SSM), the Macau Artists Association ( artists of this association support the event with singing or dancing performance), Hou Kong Middle School (which lend space for blood donation). 

 

STATISTICS

http://www.ssm.gov.mo/cts/en/statistics/info.php

·         According to the statistics of Macau Blood Transfusion Service, RhD negative blood donors have increased since 2007. In 2011, 18 new RhD negative blood donors were recruited. A total of 78 RhD negative blood donors donated 106 units of blood.

RhD Negative Blood Donors and RhD Negative Blood Collection

http://www.ssm.gov.mo/cts/en/statistics/info.php

 

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l   Registered blood doors and blood collection have been increasing during the past 5 years. In 2011, 17,200 individuals registered for blood donation representing an increase of 6.8% over 2010. Blood collection increased by 5.5% to 14317 units.

Blood Collection and Blood Donors in The Past 5 Years

 

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l   The percentage of active donors increased only marginally during the past 5 years. The percentage of active donors in 2011 increased 0.1% over 2010.

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l   In recent years, the percentage of female and male blood donors was around 50% each; the percentage of female donors was slightly higher than male donors in 2011.

Blood Donors by Gender

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Current Stock On 2014-03-17

O Rh+

A Rh+

B Rh+

AB Rh+

Current Stocks

307

197

267

53

Ideal Level

111 - 160

71 - 100

71 - 100

21 - 30

Safe Level

56 - 110

36 - 70

36 - 70

11 - 20

Dangerous Level

55 Below

35 Below

35 Below

10 Below