Posted by Daniel Long on Sep 13, 2018
And the last link is a great app that one of our founders sent to me and had ask if I could send it out to all of our members.
As we all work to help in the suppling of Safe Blood for all of the world. I would like to report 15 years of great work in the North Texas area, (Plano, Texas, U.S.A.).
Rotary district 5810, with the hard work of Carter BloodCare, have hosted a "Battle of the Badges" blood drive with some GREAT work and lots of units of safe blood.
And like I said - all of this hard work, helps add new members to the six (6) Rotary clubs in Plano, Texas. Our Police Department and our Fire Department work with
Rotary & Carter, to make it FUN - This year the Fire Chief made a video and posted it in out local area - after the Police Chief saw the FUN that the Fire Department
was having he also posted a fun video.
And the last link is a great app that one of our founders sent to me and had ask if I could send it out to all of our members.

Just a little fun to go with all of your hard work THANKS, Daniel K. Long, Sr.







Hard work can also be FUN Daniel Long 2018-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 17, 2018

African Industries Group (AIG), in collaboration with Rotary Club of Lagos Island, has held a blood donation camp at its Odungunyan office, near Ikorodu, Lagos. President of Rotary Club of Lagos Mr. Sanjeev Tandon, said blood is the gift of life and that everyone should be his brother’s keeper by donating blood. Mr Rocheet Abbi, Vice-President Dr. Sunit Deb Roy and Secretary Ms. Mamta Deb Roy represented Rotary while African Industries Group was represented by Mr. Ravi Sharma, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ikorodu Steel Mills (ISM) and Mr. S. Narayanan, the Chief Operating Officer (COO).

The voluntary donation began with a steady stream of donors. They were joined by African Steel Mills and African Foundries employees, who participated in large numbers. The camp was witnessed by Nigerian and Indian nationals with some returning to donate blood after a long time. They were enthusiastic. However, not everyone donated. Some were dejected after being turned back for lack of sufficient hemoglobin. Of the 137 people that registered, 109 were able to donate blood. Tandon described the exercise as a ‘record’.

It was heart-warming to see members of Rotary Club, Lagos attending in large numbers, despite their tight schedules. To show how committed they were about the exercise, they waited patiently for other donors beyond the camp timing to take their turns. African Industries Group contributes its best to the society through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. The company ensures that the event was a huge success.

Rotary Club encourages blood donation 2018-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2018

The African Industries Group Limited, Agbara, Ogun State has partnered Lagos Island Rotary Club on free blood bank donation project in Agbara. The project is aimed at saving the lives  of those with such needs for blood during surgeries. The club, recently acclaimed the Rotary Mega Club of Africa, and the group are partnering as part  of  their  social  corporate  responsibilities to alleviate the suffering of the teeming masses, while identifying with their yearnings and expectations,  promptly and adequately.

The project, which held at the African Fertiliser and Chemical Nigeria premises, Agbara Ogun State, witnessed a very large turnout of willing free blood donors, who included the members of the club, led by its President, Sanjeev Tandon, as well as the club’s Vice President,  Projects, Sunit Debroy, the club Secretary, Mamta Debroy, the Treasurer Kisshore Bendre, and other club directors on various activities.

African  Industries Group Chief Operating  Officer, Mr  Srinivasan Narayanan and the Administrator in charge of African Fertilizer and Chemical, Mr Sandeep Gogia, were on hand to support the project.The event, which started about 10.00am, did not end until 5.30 pm, with 142 registered, while eligible 111 donors were screened by officials of  the state blood transfusion unit to authenticate  the blood donated.

Tandon appreciated contributions from the club, corporate bodies, as well as other notable individuals with passion to save lives through blood bank free donation project. He thanked Nigerians, Indians and others involved in the  exercise. The exercise was the second joint project to be executed by both Rotary Club of Lagos Island and the African Industries Group, Agbara Ogun State. The first was executed by the African Steel Mills and African Foundries Limited in Ikorodu Lagos State.

African Industries partners Lagos Island Rotary on blood bank project 2018-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 19, 2018

In a recent blood donation camp organized by Gurugram South City Rotary Club in association with Lions Club on the occasion world blood day, a large number of police personnel attended the camp and donated their blood. The blood donation camp held at the community centre of the police line in Gurugram where 169 units of blood were collected.

The chief guest of the function was Sandeep Kirwar and DCP Deepak Ghlawat inaugurated the camp. Besides the police personals, other officials of the police department, ladies and students also donated the blood. President of Gurugram Rotary Blood Bank Pawan Sapra and vice president BD Pahuja were also present. Addressing blood donors BD Pahuja said that he would like to convey his sincere gratitude to all the donors, doctors and well-wishers. Normally a person in the age group of 18-60 can donate blood four times in a year. By blood donation, one person can save life of several people.

Abhay Jain secretary of Gurgaon South City Rotary club said that blood cannot be reproduced artificially. Only a man can save another man by donation of blood. Young man and woman should donate blood every four months. Donation of blood also helps one to avoid disease as it creates new blood cell in the body and keeps one healthy and fit.

Present on the occasion were Vice president of Rotary club South Dinesh Agarwal, treasurer Munish Khullar, Praveen Sharma, Rajabala Sharma, Rita Kumar, Tulsi Das Salwa, Subhash Verma Satish Singla, Vinay Kumar, Jugn Verma and Kamya, Sahil Rana etc.

From doctors side, Sunil Taneja and his team offered their best of cooperation. Under the Rotary Blood Donation initiative Blood, donors can receive donor card, certificate and medal. In case of any blood requirement, they can procure the blood showing the card.

World Blood Donor Day Blood Drive with Law Enforcement 2018-06-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 21, 2018

The Rotary Club of Otta in conjunction with Ruby Medical Centre has donated blood to the Lagos State Blood Bank. Rotary Assistant Governor Ramesh Biswal noted that the initiative he started in 2014 at Rotary Club of Palmgrove, has not been abandoned by successive administrations. Biswal urged people to donate blood. ‘’Blood should be donated because it cannot be manufactured in a company like other products,’’ he said, adding that a blood donor becomes healthier as the body produces more blood.

He said: “We have been taught by doctors that blood donation is good. One pint donated saves more than three people because components are there that will be separated. Rotary Club of Palm Groove has initiated this and we are happy it is ongoing. In 2015 alone, a total of 693 pints were donated and everybody was excited. That’s when I was the chairman, District 9110 Service Projects between 2015 and 2016. I was also the president between 2014 and 2015.”

Biswal is happy that, to date, over 7000 pints of blood had been donated through the club’s blood camp donation project. The Rotary Club Palm Groove is now moving the camp to various locations. “We are happy to educate more people on this, and the reasons for blood donation. I started in District 110, Ilupeju and it is gladdening that it is spreading and yielding desirable results,” Biswal said. Biswal added that Africa has a huge population and that the demand for blood was equally high. “That is why we are enlightening people to donate and save lives, like accident victims, and women in labor. If blood is needed and blood is not available, these patients die needlessly. That is why we are committed to this project. Our target in Rotary Club this year is 1000 pints.”

He challenged Ogun State residents to learn to donate, especially from 16 to 60 years. “Rotarians are into charity and we are happy doing just that. People should please join us to do the right thing,” he said. A donor, Ramesh Mallik, an Indian in his 50s, agreed that blood donation saves lives. ‘’If blood is not voluntarily donated, how can it be sourced when people need it, he asked.

He appealed to every citizen to be involved in donating blood so blood banks can have a surplus, as he added, “This is to save lives that may need same badly. Blood donation is humanity. I have always supported this course. I do this regularly, not waiting for when people will need it before I donate. As an Indian, I am happy to donate to my host country because blood is blood. It is not an ‘Indian blood’. Color of blood is the same. I am happy that my blood will be used to save someone, someday because first and foremost they are human beings and they deserved to live. I do not feel any discrimination in Nigeria. I feel at home.”

Sunday Adepoju, a Christian, who is in his early 30s, was happy to donate blood. Adepoju, an administrative staff member of Ruby Medical Centre, said he did to save lives. Adepoju explained that blood is not easy commodity to come by, like water, yet, it is a necessity, especially in emergency. “I do not know who will need the blood, but the thought that I am saving lives is enough joy for me. I am not donating for the first time. This is what I do willingly,” he said. Adepoju urged more people  to donate blood.

Rotary Club, President, Gboyega Bakreen, said blood donation was  part of the association’s project this year. ‘’We are doing this in collaboration with Rotary Club of Palm groove Estate. Ruby Medical Center is the spot for the collection of the blood. There are industries within Ota that supported this project. The target for this blood camp is 200 plus pints of blood.

“We, members, are not collecting the blood from donors by ourselves, but through the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service (LSBTS). We are doing that so that the blood in the blood bank can be more. I appeal to Ogun residents to get involved because the Community Development Council (CDC) and Community Development Areas (CDAs) are also getting involved.”

Rotarians root for voluntary blood donation 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 14, 2018

Over the weekend, Rotaract clubs of SFB-Kigali and Uganda’s International Health Sciences University (IHSU) took their blood donation drive to Kagarama Secondary School in Kicukiro District, which saw students and staff at the school donate 36 units of blood.

The two clubs are part of Rotary International, an international service organisation whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services. Speaking to The New Times, Yvette Namahoro, one of the doctors who were part of the activity, said the exercise was a success.

“We were able to collect about 36 blood bags, equivalent to 36 blood units. This is a success given it was the first time we were conducting this activity at the school,” she said.

The exercise was held ahead of the World Blood Donor Day, a global annual event that promotes voluntary blood donation and celebrates donors. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says there is a shortage of blood in Africa. Last year’s statistics indicate that a total of 5.6 million blood donations were collected from the African region. These accounted for only about 4 per cent of global donations, though the region is home to about 13 per cent of the global population. According to the president of Rotaract Club of SFB-Kigali, Jane Bamukunde, the voluntary blood donation activity was meant to drive awareness on the importance of donating blood.

“The two clubs partnered with Rwanda Biomedical Centre and the objective was to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need,” she said. She said that it is something that they want to consider doing every year to ensure that young people develop the passion of giving beyond self, which she said drives all Rotaract and rotary members across the world.

Rotaractors in blood donation drive 2018-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 11, 2018

As part of its corporate social responsibilities, industrial giant Tolaram Group, in collaboration with Rotary Club of Lagos Island, has held a blood donation camp at its premises in Surulere, Lagos.

No fewer than 80 people that included Tolaram’s workers, Rotary members and residents of Eric Moore attended the event. At the end, over 90 pints of blood were donated.

Its General Manager (Finance) Mr Manoj Dhanuka said the camp was part of Tolaram’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives for its host community, even as he added that the gesture was aimed at complementing government’s blood bank initiative. He said the company also held a camp last month. He expressed his happiness to partner Rotary on the initiative.

Rotary Club’s President Sanjeev Tandon expressed satisfaction over Tolaram’s gesture. He said the aim of the club was to serve communities, adding that earlier Chellarams, Kewalram and Airtel had partnered Rotary. He said the company had done four camps out of the six he promised during his installation.

He urged Nigerians to imbibe the culture of blood donation, noting that the objective of the club is to inculcate in Nigerians this consciousness, saying that blood donation is common in India. “They should not entertain any fear in donating blood,’’ he said.

Tandon praised Chairman of Tolaram Group Mr Mohan Vaswani, who is also an honorary member of Rotary, adding that he has done well for the club and Nigeria through the camp and Ishk Limb Centre. He noted that since March 2009, it has given out over 11, 725 free limbs to Nigerians.

The club’s Vice-President Dr Sunit Debroy also urged Nigerians to donate blood. He said Christians should imbibe the exercise and see it as a form of giving tithe and offering. “If you donate blood, you save lives,’’ he added.

Rotary International District 9110 Awards and Recognition Committee Chairman Steve Bossey said: “The camp is good, very impressive. The turnout was good. This is essentially what Rotary is all about.’’

Donate blood, save lives 2018-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 02, 2018
World Blood Donor Day, 14 June 2018
Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life.

Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts 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.

Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. It also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and child care and during the emergency response to man-made and natural disasters.

A blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity is a key component of an effective health system. An adequate supply can only be ensured through regular donations by voluntary, unpaid blood donors. However, in many countries, blood services face the challenge of making sufficient blood available, while also ensuring its quality and safety.

Focus of this year’s campaign
The theme of this year’s 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.

The campaign aims to highlight stories of people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, as a way of motivating regular blood donors to continue giving blood, and to motivate people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so, particularly young people.

Activities may include commemorative events, meetings, publication of relevant stories, scientific conferences, publication of articles in national, regional and international scientific journals, and other activities that would help in promoting the theme of this year’s World Blood Donor Day.

The objectives of this year’s campaign
to celebrate and thank individuals who donate blood and to encourage those who have not yet donated blood to start donating;
to raise wider awareness that blood donation is an altruistic action that benefits all of society and that an adequate supply can only be ensured through regular donations by voluntary, unpaid blood donors;
to highlight the need for committed, year-round blood donation, in order to maintain adequate supplies and achieve national self-sufficiency of blood;
to focus attention on blood donation as an expression of community participation in the health system, and the importance of community participation in maintaining sufficient, safe and sustainable blood supplies;
to promote the community values of blood donation in enhancing community solidarity and social cohesion and in in encouraging people to care for one another and build a caring community;
to promote international collaboration and ensure worldwide dissemination of and consensus on the principles of voluntary non-remunerated donation, while increasing blood safety and availability
Host for World Blood Donor Day 2018 events
The host country for World Blood Donor Day 2018 is Greece, through the Hellenic National Blood Centre. The global event will be held in Athens on 14 June 2018.
WHO - World Blood Donor Day 2018-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 02, 2018
On March 22, 2018 in Paris, GNBD member Jean-Claude Brocart had the pleasure of presenting my Blood for Others at length to RI President Ian RISELEY. The 2 Governors of the Paris region were present as well as representatives of the French Blood Establishment
The figures of 350,000 donors welcomed in France since 1998 by several thousand Rotarians have impressed the RI President. Mr. Riseley was interested to learn that Toulouse collection is the largest in Europe. A friendly and fruitful discussion took place and Mr. Riseley noted the wish to see Rotary position itself as a major player in blood donation around the world. The adoption of a name common to all our collections (My Blood For Others) would be a strong lever of communication and visibility
On the group photo: Ian RISELEY, Jean-Claude BROCART, Françoise DURAND (Governor District 1660), Jean DELAS (Governor District 1770) and Stéphane NOËL, Director of the Paris region of the French Blood Establishment.
RI President learns about My Blood For Others in France 2018-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 02, 2018

After several years as a Rotarian, Christine Anne Namayanja, the charter president of the Rotary Club of Muyenga Sunday Sunset can testify that there is a difference in the way women approach the idea of joining Rotary, a club of distinguished professionals called to service above self.

According to Namayanja, women take their time deciding on what is usually for men, a quick choice. This probably explains why women make up only just above 20 per cent of the world’s Rotarians.
Namayanja and her team do not merely reel off the numbers, they are actively engaged in trying to change this statistic. Not discounting the men who make up an important part of the club in Muyenga, a suburb of Kampala, it is remarkable that the club was chartered by a woman and has at its heart, a team of dedicated and highly talented women.

Last Saturday, this team was in action at one of the club’s community service projects at St Charles Lwanga Secondary School overlooking Lake Victoria in Ggangu, Busabala, Makindye Ssabagabo Municipality.
With the aim of running a blood donation drive, youth sensitization and tree planting exercise among others, the club constituted a diverse team of experts made up of lawyers such as Hadija Basajjabalaba, the club’s vice president and membership director, a dynamic recruiter for the club, youth specialists, a geologist, marketeers and entrepreneurs.

In their various categories, members strove to excel at their given service whether it was in mobilizing potential donors to give blood at the collection point manned by Mengo Rotary Blood Bank or working magic out of the modest school kitchen of St Charles Lwanga SS to ensure everyone received a fine meal. The youth and adolescent sensitization session was the star attraction, with more than 100 eager adolescent learners packed in the school hall and hanging onto the words of youth specialist Lillian Tutegyereize.

When the trees had been planted, blood donated and the youth sensitized and it was time to make an assessment of the day, the Club President focused on celebrating the team’s successes in a fun-filled closing session that felt more like a gathering of close relatives than a meeting of Rotarians. This ability to make members feel at home may be the secret to the fast growth of the young club, just over a year old, especially when it comes to recruiting women into the ranks of Rotary.

Women behind Muyenga Rotary project drive 2018-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Editor on Mar 21, 2018
JAMMU, Mar 15: The Government Polytechnic Jammu, in association with Rotary Club Jammu Astha and Blood Bank of GMC organised a blood donation camp in the college.  48 college students and staff donated blood in the camp of which more than 25 students donated blood for the first time.

The chief guest of the programme was Vikram Randhawa (MLC Jammu), Dr. Vijay Sawhney (HoD Blood Bank Jammu), Arun Bangotra (Principal Government Polyte-chnic College Jammu) and the Other guests who were present included Vipan Bhasin (President Rotary Club) and Amit Gupta (Additional District Secretary Blood Donation Camp) Vikram Randhawa (MLC Jammu) encouraged the students to take part in such good deeds and appreciated this great service of the students and the work of the spirit among them he also said that any healthy person over 18 can donate blood.
While speaking on the occasion, Arun Bangotra, Principal of the institute motivated the students to participate in the blood donation which is a noble cause and said every person should donate the blood. Dr. Vijay Saini, HoD, Blood Transfusion Department, GMC, Jammu threw light on blood donation as contribution towards community development and brief the students about the importance of the blood donation
The students were given certificates and badges after donating the Blood. Many students donated blood for the first time. Many students expressed their willingness to donate blood for the needy in the future.
Rotary and Government Polytechnic Blood Drive Editor 2018-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Editor on Mar 15, 2018

Driven by the noble motive of contributing towards saving precious lives, around 400 volunteers comprising students and faculty donated more than 400 units of blood at a blood donation camp organised by Chandigarh College of Education, Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC) Landran in association with PGIMER, Chandigarh and Rotary Club, Kharar. The camp was organized to highlight the importance of Blood Donation that helps save thousands of lives.

The Camp was inaugurated by Mr Karnesh Sharma (IAS) Director, Local Body, Punjab in the presence of Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chairman, CGC Landran and Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, President, CGC Landran. Other dignitaries present on the occasion included Mr Kamaldeep Singh Tiwana, Chairman, Rotary Club, Mr. Gurmukh Singh, President Rotary Club, Arshdeep Singh, ICC U-19 Cricketer.

A team of doctors led by Dr. Hari Krishan Dhawan, Assistant Professor, Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGIMER Chandigarh conducted the camp which included pre medical tests and taking care of the various medical requirements at the camp

Reiterating CGC’s commitment towards sensitizing and inspiring students to serve the society, Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chairman, CGC Landran and Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, President, CGC Landran, commended the spirit of the blood donors at the camp and also expressed their gratitude to PGIMER Chandigarh and Rotary Club Kharar for their support and cooperation in making the event a success.


Blood Donation Camp organized by CGC Landran Editor 2018-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Editor on Mar 07, 2018

HYDERABAD: Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan launched a mobile blood donation van, costing Rs 25 lakh, at Ameerpet at Rotary Challa Blood Bank at Dharamkaran Road recently. The mobile van is equipped with everything necessary for blood donation procedures like collection equipment, donor beds and short term storage solutions. It is expected to significantly increase the outreach of blood collection efforts. The club also upgraded blood bank facilities at  its existing blood bank at Rotary Challa Blood Bank to support the cause of treatment for Thalassaemia Children. On this they invested Rs 40 lakh.  This facility enables it to supply free blood to the children suffering from this, according to a press release.

According to President Som Dutt Sharma of Rotary Club of Hyd Deccan, the total cost of the project is ` 65 lakh, of which Rotary Deccan raised `13lakh, Rotary Club of Naperville of USA contributed `22 lakh the balance was raised by Rotary International Foundation which gave them a matching grant. The upgradation includes the addition of critical equipment for collecting, storing and processing blood, as well as refurbishing it. “Our target is to reach 300 units of blood collection every month.  30 per cent of blood collected will be provided free of cost to MNJ Cancer Children Hospital.  Thalasaemia children will also get blood free of cost,” informed Praveen, one of the members.  Several Rotarians Sharad Choudhury, Sunil Kumar Jain, Suresh, Praveen, Dr Challa Chaitanya attended the function.

Mobile Blood donation van to help Thalassaemia kids in Hyderabad Editor 2018-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Editor on Mar 07, 2018

The 16th edition of the Rotary Blood Donation Day is aiming to attract more diverse blood donors, particularly RhD negative donors, to maintain a sufficient reserve of the blood type in the city. To be held at the recreation area and exhibition hall of the Flower City Garden on March 25, the event aims to promote awareness of the blood requirements of hospitals and the significant benefits of blood donation to the public, to ensure that there is a sufficient supply of blood reserve in the city.

Data provided by the Macau- based Rotary clubs showed that there was a total of 13,053 residents who registered for blood donation in 2017, while the Macau Blood Transfusion Services collected 14,288 blood units – an increase of 151 blood units over the 2016 levels. However, 2017 suffered from an 8 percent decrease of registered RhD negative blood donors, and a decrease of 14.7 percent of RhD negative blood units.

RhD negative donors in Macau are rare; an average of 150 persons out of 1,000 Caucasians have this blood type and at this point it is imperative to reserve more RhD negative blood. According to the Rotary clubs, the Macau Blood Transfusion Services hopes that all sectors of the community in Macau will collaborate towards the aim of active participation in blood donation from all ethnic groups living in Macau. “It is important for people to be aware that there is a need for this type of blood in Macau,” said Fatima Ferreira, president of the Rotary Club of Macau, in a press conference held yesterday.

“The percentage is low so we have to bring awareness to this issue in the foreigner population,” she added, hinting that there was a decrease after the region’s handover in 1999. Ferreira said that the rotary clubs hope to see an increase in the number of blood donors during the Blood Donation Day. She added that they are hoping to see a diversity of nationalities participate in the annual event.

“We hope that we will have an increase but we can’t tell because sometimes people have already donated blood [right before] the event starts,” said the president. Since 2012, registered MSAR residents have been able to draw blood samples from the Macau Blood Transfusion Services to check their eligibility for bone marrow donations. Until December 2017,  a total of 963 residents registered as bone marrow donors. Some 921 of them successfully became either a bone marrow or blood stem cell donor. So far, only one donor has successfully donated bone marrow.

Rotary clubs hope for more RhD negative blood donors Editor 2018-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 14, 2018
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.
This 64-Year-Old Superhero Has Broken All Blood Donation Records! 2018-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Editor on Jan 30, 2018
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.
Meet Rotarian Kanta Saroop, an octogenarian with decades of social service in her blood Editor 2018-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
GNBD President Daniel Long Capes RI President Ian H. S. Riseley Jo McKay 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
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 -
Valentine, NE Continues A Proud Tradition of Blood Donation Jo McKay 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
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.
The Legacy of RIPE Sam Owori in Tanzania and Uganda Jo McKay 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
Update: The Rotary Safe Blood Program in Latin America Jo McKay 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Editor on Dec 14, 2017
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.
GNBD Exhibiting in Toronto Editor 2017-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Editor on Dec 14, 2017

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.

Rotary Club of Accra-Ring Road Central Blood Donation 2017 Was A Success Editor 2017-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Editor on Dec 14, 2017

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.

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Posted by Editor on Nov 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 National Blood Service Ghana (NBSG), in collaboration with the Rotary Clubs of Accra and Accra Ridge, has awarded voluntary unpaid blood donors and stakeholders in a short ceremony in Accra. Editor 2017-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Editor on Oct 26, 2017
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.
Pints for Polio Blood Drive Editor 2017-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jean-Claude Brocart on Oct 26, 2017
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
Mon sang pour les autres celebrates 20 years Jean-Claude Brocart 2017-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Editor on Sep 15, 2017
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.
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Posted by Editor on Sep 05, 2017

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.

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Posted by Editor on Aug 31, 2017

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.

ROTARY Club of Bhubaneswar Heritage organized its 1st Blood Donation camp at country’s Premier Institute-Hotel Management Editor 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 13, 2017
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. 
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Posted by Editor on Jul 11, 2017
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 
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Posted by Editor on Jun 16, 2017
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.
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Posted by Editor on Jun 07, 2017
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.
Posted by Editor on Jun 05, 2017
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
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GNBD presents RI President John Germ his honorary Cape Editor 2017-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Editor on May 17, 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.
Nominating Committee for GNBD Officers 2017-2018 Editor 2017-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by B.J. Smith on May 09, 2017
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,
Project Ideas for GNBD Partnership B.J. Smith 2017-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Editor on Mar 31, 2017
Please visit the Global Network for Blood Donation booth 2918 in Atlanta.

Hours of operation

The House of Friendship is located in the Georgia World Congress Center, and is open:

Saturday, 10 June | 10:30 (grand opening ceremony)
Saturday, 10 June | 09:00-18:00
Sunday, 11 June | 09:00-18:00
Monday, 12 June | 09:00-18:00
Tuesday, 13 June | 09:00-18:00
Wednesday, 14 June | 09:00-16:00
Visit the GNBD Booth 2918 in Atlanta Editor 2017-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 30, 2017
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.
Rotary Club of Lagos Island Blood Drive Editor 2017-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 23, 2017

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.

Bemidji Rotary sponsors blood drive Editor 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Editor on Mar 23, 2017

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. 

Wellman Advance - Rotary sponsors first blood drive of the year Editor 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Editor on Mar 06, 2017

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.

Rayat Bahra Ropar Campus Organized Blood Donation Camp Editor 2017-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Happy Holidays 2016-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Nationwide Blood Donation Campaign: Club of Accra - Ring Road Central Michelle Johnson 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Johnson on Nov 20, 2016
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.
News From District 9110 Michelle Johnson 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Johnson on Nov 20, 2016
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.
New Blood Donation Awareness Campaign from District 9110 Michelle Johnson 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 28, 2016

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.

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Posted by B.J. Smith on Jun 27, 2016
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
GNBD Breakout Session in Seoul B.J. Smith 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by B.J. Smith on Jun 27, 2016
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.
GNBD in Seoul, South Korea B.J. Smith 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
World Blood Donor Day Michelle Johnson 2016-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
World Blood Donor Day Activities Michelle Johnson 2016-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
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 
Who Looks Like a Blood Donor Michelle Johnson 2016-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Johnson
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......
One Very Dedicated Rotarian is Making History Michelle Johnson 2016-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 15, 2016
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.
AIM: the best gift, Christmas Blood Donations in 2015 Michelle Johnson 2016-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
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
Rotarian Economist Blog Michelle Johnson 2016-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
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.  
Rotarian and GNBD member inducted into "Donation Hall of Fame" Michelle Johnson 2015-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Johnson on Sep 03, 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 .  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  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.    
Can You Help? Michelle Johnson 2015-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Johnson on Sep 01, 2015
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
Rotary in Action Michelle Johnson 2015-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Johnson on Jul 06, 2015
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. 
Are You Looking For Recruitment Tools and Ideas? Michelle Johnson 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Johnson on Jul 05, 2015
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.
Here are some highlights from how people around the world celebrated World Blood Donor Day:
Highlights from World Blood Donor Day 2015 Michelle Johnson 2015-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by BJ Smith on Jul 05, 2015
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.
GNBD at the Rotary International Convention BJ Smith 2015-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Global Blood Fund
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 Shares Success Story from Kenya Global Blood Fund 2015-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Namibia Better Prepared to Meet Increasing Need for Safe Blood Global Blood Fund Newsletter 2015-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
19 Blood Donations in 1 Year! Arjun Prasad Mainali 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Sep 13, 2014

We are interested in hearing from you.  Are you doing something unique in terms of blood donation in your district?  If so, consider writing an article to be included on the GNBD website!  Send your articles and photos to Michelle Johnson at


The GNBD needs YOU! Michelle Stefan 2014-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Sep 11, 2014

District 5790 (Fort Worth, Texas) DGE Troy and DGN Mary Ann enlist Past Rotary International Director, Ron Mebus in the GNBD Governor's Challenge at the zone Institute.  Don was the District Governor when the first challenge was implemented in Fort Worth, Texas.Image

The Governor's Challenge Michelle Stefan 2014-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Jul 08, 2014

Ron Burton, the current Rotary International President, is showing his 'vampire' pride by donning the GNBD cape.  This cape was presented to Ron last year at a District 5890 All Club Assembly by Mr. Joe Ridley.Image

Ron Burton supports Blood Donation! Michelle Stefan 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Jul 06, 2014


The Global Network for Blood Donation (GNBD) exhibited in the House of Friendship (HOF) at the Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia. This year’s HOF was held in the Dome at Sydney’s Olympic Park. B.J. Smith (USA), Daniel Long (USA) and Olafur Kjartansson (Iceland) greeted guest to the booth promoting voluntary blood donation by Rotarians. A special thanks to Debbie, Barb and Keith from BloodSource for assisting with the booth during the GNBD Annual meeting. Approximately, 100 new members were enrolled into the GNBD during the convention. 

GNBD at Rotary International Michelle Stefan 2014-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Visit the GNBD booth at the Rotary International Convention Michelle Stefan 2014-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Mar 27, 2014
Now in its 6th year, Nexcare Bandages from 3M is partnering with America’s Blood Centers on “give”, an annual initiative focused on World Blood Donor Day to thank recurring blood donors and encourage others to join the cause.  This year’s program will take place the week of World Blood Donor Day (June 14); beginning on Monday June 9 and extending through Sunday, June 15.   

Through this alliance, Nexcare Bandages provides resources to participating ABC donation centers including a supply of limited-edition Nexcare give bandages, made with latex-free materials, for donors and an extensive media relations campaign.  Resulting from these efforts, the Nexcare give Program is featured extensively in national and local magazines, newspapers and broadcast TV outlets as well as online and blogs.  This media coverage in the weeks leading up to World Blood Donor Day details the program and overall partnership and shares information about the local community centers where donors can get involved.  


World Blood Donor Day: Nexcare partners with America's Blood Centers Michelle Stefan 2014-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Mar 17, 2014
 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.

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.

“Macau Rotary Blood Donation Day” Michelle Stefan 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Jan 15, 2014


Rotary District Governnor, Ean Sullivan and Rotary District 5810 Blood Drive Chairman, Daniel Long

All of the members of the Rotary district 5810 are very grateful to Carter BloodCare for the sponsorships to three of the district events for 2014 year. The “Ambassador Sponsorship” to our Rotary/SMU Peace Symposium, a “Bronze Sponsorship” to our Humanity in Motion Gala 2014 and a table sponsorship to our “Rotary District Conference”.

Not only is Carter BloodCare keeping most of our hospitals in district 5810 supplied with blood, but with the donations, it is also helping Rotary to continue servicing many great community service projects locally and around the world.

Daniel K. Long, Sr.

Rotary district 5810 Blood Drive Chairman


Rotary District 5810 and Carter BloodCare (Bedford, TX) Michelle Stefan 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Jan 14, 2014
Jan. 15, 2014 (LBT) - Wellawatte Nithyakalyani Jewellery together with Rotary Club of Colombo East will be organizing a mega blood and eye donation campaign on January 19 at the Wellawatte Nithyakalyani office further extending its duty to support the needy at large. The blood donation campaign is open to all its employees, Rotary members, Rotaractors and Interactors as well as the general public.
blood donation drive by Nithyakalyani, Rotary Michelle Stefan 2014-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Dec 08, 2013

On November 18, 2013 Carter BloodCare, a community-based blood center located in Dallas/Fort Worth Texas welcomed Hassan Adelakun.  Hassan, the Coordinator of the Ogun State Ambulance Services, gave a presentation to the Carter BloodCare team about blood banking in Nigeria.

Hassan Adelakun visits Carter BloodCare Michelle Stefan 2013-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
City’s blood donors honoured at PU function Michelle Stefan 2013-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Sep 30, 2013

Venezuela's Dr. Graciela Leon was one of 19 national representatives who accepted a donation of newly published Spanish language technical manuals on behalf of their country's blood services. This gift was part-funded by Rotary Club of Fort Worth South, Texas and the Global Blood Fund (GBF)

Rotary Club of Fort Worth South, Texas donates Blood Bank Technical Manuals Michelle Stefan 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Sep 30, 2013

GNBD has entered into a collaborative agreement with the Global Blood Fund.

An agreement has also been signed with the Grupo Cooperativo Ibero Americano de Medicina Transfusional. GCIAMT focuses on professional and blood service development in Latin America. GBF and officials from the group are already collaborating on work to reduce the burden on T.Cruzi in this region, as well as identifying opportunities for charitable
New Partnerships: More Opportunities to Lend Support Michelle Stefan 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Global Blood Fund and Global Network For Blood Donation at AABB Michelle Stefan 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Sep 18, 2013
September 19, 2013
Special to the OBSERVER , The OBSERVER,  Dunkirk, NY

Prostate cancer was not a foreign subject to the Aldrich family.

"My father, Leonard, was diagnosed with the disease nearly 20 years ago" said Brian Aldrich of Sheridan. "From that experience, I knew that nearly one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. It also runs in families and since my dad had the disease, I knew that my odds were doubled."

That didn't prevent Brian Aldrich from thinking this was someone else's problem. However, it became his problem last year when a biopsy confirmed cancer.

The next couple weeks were spent researching the disease, trying to find out as much as he possibly could.

Blood test proves to be life saver Michelle Stefan 2013-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Jul 21, 2013
The Global Network for Blood Donation (GNBD) held a breakout session at the Rotary International convention in Lisbon, Portugal.  During the session, B.J. Smith (USA) reviewed GNBD initiatives with the Governors’ Challenge blood drives in the USA and India as well as the GNBD’s alignment with two of the six areas of focus.
The Global Network for Blood Donation Holds Breakout Session in Lisbon Michelle Stefan 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Jul 17, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013:  Princess Norodom Soma (excerpted from The Phnom Penh Post)

Rotary International has 1.2 million members and more than 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary is a community-service organisation providing assistance to poor communities via a wide range of humanitarian and community services. With projects such as the Annual Blood Drive at Sofitel, Kror Boa Village Food Project in Kampong Speu province, Mosquito Nets Donation from United Kingdom, and Safe Water for Cambodian Villages, Rotary Club of Phnom Penh (RCPP) has been serving the Cambodian community since 1995.

Rotary Club Fun for a Good Cause Michelle Stefan 2013-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Jun 28, 2013

MUMBAI: The Rotaract Club of Navi Mumbai, BVIMSR, Navi Mumbai Hillside, SIES Nerul and Saraswati College sponsored by their parent Rotary Clubs of Navi Mumbai, New Bombay Hill Side and Navi Mumbai Seaside has organized a blood donation drive and Thalassemia checkup camp at ICLES Motilal Jhunjhunwala College, Vashi, on Monday, July 1, from 10 am to 4 pm. This is an initiative by Rotaract International District 3140.

"Donating blood is truly a noble act by which we can save lives. We request the public to come forward and donate blood," said Srijeeta Ghosh, President of Rotaract Club of Navi Mumbai

Blood donation drive and Thalassemia checkup camp at Navi Mumbai Michelle Stefan 2013-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by B.J. Smith on Jun 23, 2013
The GNBD held it annual meeting during the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal.  During the meeting, 122 new members from 32 different countries joined our global network of Rotarian volunteers with a drive to ensure life saving blood products are available for transfusion dependent patients.
June 24, 2013 GNBD Annual Meeting Minutes B.J. Smith 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Jun 18, 2013
On the occasion of 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day, the health department organized a felicitation cum seminar at Rotary Bhawan Palampur (Himachal Pradesh) under the aegis of State Blood Transfusion Council H.P. (SBTC) and Sri Sai University, Palampur in partnership with Blood Bank Society Palampur and Rotary Club Palampur.
Donors are the focus on World Blood Donor Day at Palampur Michelle Stefan 2013-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Jun 16, 2013

30 volunteers of 108 GVK EMRI service donated blood at Civil Hospital Palampur blood bank at blood donation camp on 13 June, 2013. They demonstrated their leadership to live the theme of World Blood Donor Day “Give the gift of life: donate blood”. Gaurav Mehta Programme Manager of Kangra zone of GVK EMRI shared that the team of 108 has been doing heroic acts every day by saving lives, and they have led the society to inspire youth for the noble cause. He added that 2,61,465 patients have been served by timely first aid and transportation to health facility since inception, including 52,074 pregnant women, 35,354 trauma/accident, 2,466 poisoning and 12,656 cardiac cases by the National Ambulance Service in the state.

Blood donation camp at Civil Hospital Palampur Michelle Stefan 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Jun 13, 2013

DC | Luna Dewan | 14th Jun 2013


Bengaluru: Though the Karnataka Government claims to have achieved 100% blood donation in the State, awareness on voluntary blood donation remains low. Only about 60-65% of blood donation is happens through voluntary donors. The situation in North Karnataka is even worse. On an average, city-based blood banks are supplying about 20,000 units of blood every month to North Karnataka districts

Blood donors still hard to find Michelle Stefan 2013-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Jun 13, 2013


Madikeri/Chikmagalur, June 14, 2013
Donating blood helps in the growth of an individal, said District surgeon Dr Muthappa.
Speaking at world blood donors day organised by the district health and family welfare department, Rotary Misti Hills, district Aids Control Society, Blood Bank held at Rotary Hall in Madikeri on Friday, he said there was no  substitute for blood. Only blood can replace blood.

Blood donation enhances production of red blood cells Michelle Stefan 2013-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Nominations Committee Seeks Members for the Global Network for Blood Donation Michelle Stefan 2013-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on May 27, 2013
Express News Service - CHENNAI     May 28, 2013

About 150 people participated and donated blood at a camp organised by  Vasan Dental Care, which is a part of the Vasan Healthcare Group, in association with the Rotary Blood Bank, Nanganallur. The camp was held at the Vasan Dental Care, Alwarpet, in which the employees of Vasan Dental Care participated along with the public.
Blood Donation Camp in Conjunction with Rotary Club Michelle Stefan 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
200,000th Donor of My Blood For Others in France Michelle Stefan 2013-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Mar 29, 2013
By Melissa Toothman - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Through the blood screenings it hosts, Buckhannon Rotary raises $50,000 to $55,000 annually to give back to community organizations.

Rotary blood screening benefits the community Michelle Stefan 2013-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Mar 27, 2013

The Rotary Blood Bank, Visakhapatnam India (RI District 3020) recently celebrated 10 years of service.  To highlight these successful years of service, the district developed a commemorative book.  Excerpts from this book are contained in this article.  For more information, please contact PDG Ch Kishore Kumar, Chairman of the Rotary Blood Bank:




Rotary Blood Bank Celebrates 10 Years! Michelle Stefan 2013-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by B.J. Smith on Mar 25, 2013
The Global Network for Blood Donation (GNBD) will host a breakout session on Monday, June 24, 2013 from 1430 to 1530. Please visit our booth in the House of Friendship. Watch for the vampires.
GNBD Breakout Session in Lisbon B.J. Smith 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Mar 24, 2013


Written by:  Doug Newson

Blood banks in Central and South America will be getting copies of a new Spanish language technical manual courtesy of The Rotary Club of Fort Worth South, TX.

The new technical manual put together by the Ibero American Collaborative Group on Transfusion Medicine (GCIAMT). The manual, “Aplicaciones y practica de la medicina transfusional,” will be introduced at the Latin American Congress of Transfusion Medicine scheduled in Guatemala April 2013.

Spanish Language Technical Manuals donated Michelle Stefan 2013-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Blood Drive in India Michelle Stefan 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Blood Bank Drive Michelle Stefan 2013-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Jan 31, 2013

By Charles Kurtzman
Past District Governor
Co-founder and Director GNBD

A bit of background:

Since about 1998, I have been involved with my Rotary club and district in donating a treasure trove of used medical equipment from US blood centers to blood banks in countries with far more needs than money.  The projects each began with our hearts happy and full of joy with the belief that the process will be relatively quick and easy to do.  We had a devoted team of Rotarians and friends willing to do the physical and mental labor to get the equipment well on its way to new homes. Many projects followed with Rotarians from around the world. We learned much.

The Stuff Dreams are Made of Michelle Stefan 2013-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Stefan on Jan 30, 2013


For 15 years, the Rotary clubs of France are organizing, at the heart of cities, large blood collection events.

Strong communication, many activities, a snack improved, but also many volunteers from Rotary, Inner Wheel and Rotaract welcome generous donors with a smile.

80 cities of France are implied each year for more than 28,000 donors.

Rotary Clubs of France are Saving Lives through Volunteer Blood Donations Michelle Stefan 2013-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Ten years of Rotary sponsored blood drives recognized Michelle Stefan 2013-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by B.J. Smith on Oct 31, 2012

The principle of voluntarism and non-remuneration (VNR) of blood donation has long been advocated all over the world. The result is an increasing percentage and absolute number of VNR donors. However, the retention of many VNR donors is still a major concern, particularly in the economically restricted parts of the world, but also in the more advanced countries. This research focused on the retention behaviour of male and female donors in an advanced country following an adverse reaction to blood donation – vasovagal reaction (VVR) or needle reaction (NR). However, another frequently observed and personally embarrassing reaction, especially in young first-time blood donors, hyperventilation (HV), has not been included.


Prof. Dr. Cees Th. Smit Sibinga's review of recent article on donor retention in Transfusion B.J. Smith 2012-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Aug 31, 2012

 Source: The Week/Google

Donating blood is a divine experience and I wish every healthy individual stretches out his arm to give blood so that many a life can be saved, says Past President Sudarshan Agarwal of Rotary Blood Bank, New Delhi, and former 
Governor of Uttarakhand and Sikkim.

"Blood donation in India is better than what it was a few years ago, but it is not a happy situation yet. There are many issues that need to be tackled. The first and foremost is the fact that most blood banks are still giving whole blood, while it should ideally be separated into three different components—RBCs, fresh frozen plasma and platelets. The National Aids Control Organisation should encourage component separation throughout the country.

Next, we need to encourage voluntary blood donation because it is the only way we can get quality blood. Despite Supreme Court guidelines on a writ petition filed by H.D. Shourie, replacement donation by professional donors continues unabated. It is sad that in a country of 1.2 billion people, we cannot get 13 to 14 million units of blood a year.

Not much effort has gone into motivating people to donate blood. Besides, hospital-based blood banks find it convenient to ask the patients' relatives to find donors so that they don't have to make any efforts to organise blood donation camps. I strongly feel that hospital-based blood banks should not be a profit-driven enterprise. This goes against the ethics of blood donation."

Rotary Clubs have set up a number of blood banks in different parts of the country purely as a public service. 

Sudarshan Agarwal was part of the team that helped establish the Rotary Blood Bank in Delhi.

"Inspired by its success, I motivated the medical fraternity in Dehradun to set up India's largest voluntary blood bank in the accident-prone hilly state of Uttarakhand," Sudarshan Agarwal  points out.

"If young people are encouraged to donate blood on special occasions such as their birthdays and wedding anniversaries, there will be no shortage of blood in life-threatening situations. I firmly believe that blood donation creates an egalitarian, caring and compassionate societySudarshan Agarwal  says.

Blood donation in India is better than what it was a few years ago, but it is not a happy situation yet Haagen Cumlet 2012-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Jul 15, 2012

Source: India PRwire

Chandigarh: Chandigarh Midtown Rotary Club, Indian Rotary District 3080) has announced the setting up a woman-child centre for handling deliveries of women living in the Janta Colony.

This is a big slum on the outskirt of Chandigarh (city and union territory in India that serves as the capital of two states, Haryana and Punjab) with nearly 10,000 people where health needs are immense, which our club shall endeavour to provide, she said.

Dr. Yogesh Chawla, Director, PGIMER, who was chief guest at the occasion of the announcement, commended Club President Ritu Singal and her team for planning an extensive programme to reach out to the community to meet the pressing needs in which health plays a significant role.

Dr. Chawla said that active community participation is a must to ensure delivery of health services to the pockets of neglect and Rotarians have proven themselves by making India almost polio-free with WHO taking it off the endemic countries' list.

She informed that Rotarians would be making special efforts to work for "Peace Through Service" which is the Rotary International theme this year, by ensuring better health and nutrition facilities for children, providing clean drinking water, generating traffic awareness, and promoting voluntary blood donation to meet the growing need for blood in tricity.

Ritu Singal, who is the managing director of Raglan Infrastructure Ltd and Winner Nippon Electronics Ltd, was conferred the "Woman Entrepreneur of the Year" Award from a pan-India selection, last year, instituted by ET NOW.

For Further information:

Woman-child centre for handling deliveries of women Haagen Cumlet 2012-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Jul 05, 2012

Source:  India PRwire

Chandigarh:  Indian District 3080 will be taking a massive campaign for voluntary blood donation during the Rotary year 2012-13, the new District Governor, Manmohan Singh, has announced.

The district covers Chandigarh (a city and union territory in India that serves as the capital of two states, Haryana and Punjab) and also covers parts of the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand.  It has  75 clubs with over 3200 Rotarians.

Speaking at the occasion of taking office as District Governor, Manmohan Singh listed various humanitarian services projects that the clubs in the district would be involved in:  Providing free heart surgeries to children from Africa, taking a massive campaign for voluntary blood donation, make roads safe for drivers by fixing reflectors on all vehicles without one, free eye surgeries for over 2,000 people.

He informed that  District 3080 is starting an exchange programme with the help of Rotarians in Pakistan under the project "See Your Roots" for  people-to-people contact to lay the foundation for peace in the region.

Past Rotary International President Rajendra K. Saboo complimented both the outgoing and the incoming district leadership and stressed that major task of Rotary International remains to banish polio from the world and though India has been taken off the list of polio-endemic countries the status must be maintained for another two years.

CONTACT for more info:

More blood donation and an India-Pakistan exchange programme Haagen Cumlet 2012-07-05 23:53:29Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Jun 29, 2012

Source: online PR News/Google

Chandigar: As a part of the month long celebrations of the World Blood Donors Day, the Indian Rotary Blood Bank Society Resource Centre in Sector 37 has honored over 60 organisers of the blood donation camps.

Ms. Vinni Mahajan, Principal Secretary Health, Punjab, gave away the awards, and complimented the Centre for promoting voluntary blood donation in the city and meeting the growing need for blood transfusion. Punjab government would like to work more closely with the Blood Resource Centre, she said.

Mr. Rajan Kashyap, chairman of the managing committee of the Centre, informed that several organizations including corporate, public sector undertakings, educational institutes, and NGOs are closely associated with the blood donation movement and organizing regular camps to meet the growing need for blood transfusion in the region.

Rotary Club Chandigarh President Ms. Neena Singh hoped that this world-class facility would become a more strong source of saving preciouslives.

The city requires 60,000 blood transfusion units and there is a dire need that more and more individuals and organizations save the human lives through this noble act that does not require more than 5 minutes.

June is the month which the State Aids Control Society has declared as the World Blood Donors Month, and time to “Celebrate the Donor” by recognising their efforts.

On 14th June, the World Blood Donors Day, the Chandigarh Adventures Treks and Sports (CATS) had organised their 13th camp at the Centre collecting 132 units of blood.

The organizations honored at the function included Punjab & Haryana High Court, Baddi University, and Guru Granth Sewa Society who were the top three donors to the blood bank in the last eight years of the existence of Rotary Blood Bank Society Resource Centre.

Others recognized for participating in the blood donation amongst the educational institutions, were Desh Bhagat Group, Ryat & Bahra, Chitkara Engineering College, Sukhmani Institute, DAV Dental College in Yamunanagar; from amongst the corporate sector included Kamla Dials and Devices Limited in Derabassi, Eleen Appliances in Baddi.

Contact for further information: Rtn. C.J. Singh, M: 09316133924. Website:

Indian Rotary Blood Bank Society Resource Centre honors organisers of the blood donation camps. Haagen Cumlet 2012-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Action Groups - focus areas to help Rotary clubs and districts. Haagen Cumlet 2012-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary club in Cambodia helped develop a national blood service law Haagen Cumlet 2012-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Jun 20, 2012


Reports about the huge gender disparity amongst blood donors in India have highlighted the poor health of many women in the country.

According to ZeeNews, India needs between eight and ten million units of blood every year, but donations currently provide only 5.5 million units.

There are a number of reasons for the deficit, including insufficient numbers of blood bank facilities, and a lack of public awareness about the importance of donating blood, or misperceptions about the risk involved.

However, the most startling fact about India’s blood donation deficit is that so few women donate – not because they don’t want to, but because poor health disqualifies them.

World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics from 2011 revealed that just 6% of blood donations in India are made by women.

Dr. Anju Verma, Chief Medical Officer at Rotary Blood Bank, Delhi, said, “The percentage is low as they are deferred due to physiological problems. Most of them have low haemoglobin count and fail to meet the minimum requirements to donate blood.”

Medical professionals interviewed for an article in The Hindu agree that it’s not that women don’t want to donate, but that they face greater health barriers to doing so.

College students comprise the country’s largest group of donors, and both male and female students are coming forward, but women are more likely to be turned away.

One student, Aaditya, said: “Some do not take precautions like having breakfast and end up fainting after donating blood, which scares the rest. I had a classmate who was not allowed to donate as she was underweight. She worked on it and came back to donate this year.”

India is not alone in having a large gender disparity among blood donors.

The WHO data released last year showed that 70% of blood donations worldwide were made by men.

Of the 100 countries for which data was available, only a quarter reported more than 40% of donations from women.

Meanwhile India was joined by 15 other countries in which less than 10% of blood donations are made by women.



Huge gender disparity amongst blood donors in India Haagen Cumlet 2012-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Jun 20, 2012

Source: The Botswana Gazette/Google 

Francistown: The 80 percent set target of blood donations as contained in the blood safety strategy for the African region will be difficult to  achieve due to decline from voluntary donors, Botswana's Minister of Health, John Seakgosing, fears.

While Botswana's National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) is required to collect 40,000 units per year, the country is experiencing some challenges because of decline in blood collection.

Over the years the secondary schools have been the primary source of blood donation contributing 60 percent of blood donated annually, but it has also since gone down. 

In fact, the country is still below the target by 23,500 units of blood.

“We only managed to collect 16,500 units last year which is the decline by 21 percent,” said the Minister   during the World Blood Donor Day commemorations.

The minister said while it is worth noting that the HIV prevalence in donated blood decreased to 0.97 percent in 2010, it is surprising for donations to be declining adding that it should be an indication of the safety of blood transfused.

He said since it is his ministry’s responsibility to provide the
 necessary resources to ensure that 100 percent voluntary blood donations is maintained, the NBTS  has identified the need to establish the recall  system as a way of retaining  regular donors.

“Inadequate supply of blood across the world has a significant contribution to high mortality rate therefore the very stake-holder has to wake up and do everything possible to support national blood donation campaigns,” emphasized Seakgosing.

World Health Organization's (WHO) Representative Eugene Nyarko noted that while yearly needs are estimated at eight million units of blood in the Africa region, countries are able to collect only half of the required quantity.

“So the gap to be filled is still substantial especially in rural areas where the majority of the population and patients live,” he said.

The WHO Representative said although Botswana has experienced decline in blood
donations, the recent survey carried by WHO indicated that out of 77 countries in Africa, Botswana has the third highest number of donors under the age of 18. He noted that 55 percent of blood donors are aged 18 and below.

Blood donation declining in Africa Haagen Cumlet 2012-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Jun 14, 2012

Source: Ankita Chakrabarty/ Zee Research Group/ Delhi/

India faces a whopping blood deficit of approximately 30-35 per cent annually. The country needs around eight to 10 million units of blood every year but manages a measly 5.5 million units. On top of it, there exists mind-boggling gender disparity among blood donors. 94 per cent of blood donations in the county are made by men while women contribute only six per cent, as reported in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global database on blood safety updated in June 2011.

As per WHO standards, India’s demand for blood and blood components should be one percent of the total population. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as on December 2011states that there are 2545 licensed blood banks in India with 1549 private blood banks and 996 government blood banks.

While lack of blood banks is an impediment, ill-informed and outdated public perceptions on blood donation haven’t helped the matters. “Most people think that donating blood would lead to some kind of health problem and weakness. Such an attitude not only shows a mental block but also lack of awareness. People are not familiar enough about the importance of donating blood”, commented Dr. Sangeeta Agarwal, consultant hematology and blood bank at Fortis Escorts Heat Institute, New Delhi.

A detailed state-wise analysis shows that Maharashtra at 290 tops the chart with maximum number of blood banks followed by Tamil Nadu at 273 and Andhra Pradesh at 270 respectively. The irony, however, is that few north eastern states like Manipur, Meghalaya have less than ten blood banks while union territories Daman and Diu and Lakshadweep have either a single blood bank or even lack that. Lakshadweep has no blood bank.

Globally, countries like USA, Zimbabwe, and the Republic of Moldova have reported more blood donations from two women than man. 71 per cent of blood donors in Moldova were women and only 29 per cent was donated by the men. In the US, there exists parity between men and women donors with the latter contributing 50.1 per cent of the total donors.

That only 6 per cent of women in India donated blood is also a reflection on the state of the health of our women, most of them facing under nourishment and other typical health problems aggravated due to gender discrimination and vulnerability.

“It is not at all genuine that Indian women are not coming up to donate blood; the percentage is low as they are deferred due to physiological problems. Most of them have low hemoglobin count and fail to meet the minimum requirements to donate blood and hence the percent count is low,” said an optimistic Dr. Anju Verma, Chief Medical Officer at Rotary Blood Bank, Delhi.

However, the silver lining is that India reports the greatest increase in the number of voluntary unpaid blood donations from 3.6 million in 2007 to 4.6 million in 2008. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) goal is for all countries to obtain all blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors by 2020.


India faces huge blood donation deficit Haagen Cumlet 2012-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Jun 14, 2012

Source: News24/AFP/Google

Geneva: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for more people to donate blood regularly, as the organisation marked World Blood Donor Day, June 14. "Every year, millions of people rely on the generosity of another person to donate blood," the WHO said. "Yet, blood donation rates vary considerably and the demands for blood and blood products are increasing worldwide."

"To meet these needs, more people must come forward to give blood voluntarily, and regularly," it added.

"With increasing life expectancy and the subsequent increase in the number of age-related, chronic diseases, including cancers, that require blood and blood products for treatment, demand outstrips supply," warned Dr. Neelam Dhingra, coordinator for blood transfusion safety at the WHO.

"In addition, some blood products used to treat cancer patients, like platelets, have a shelf-life of only five days. This means we increasingly need more blood donors to meet these demands."

The WHO said 92 million blood donations were made every year.

 "Globally, most of these by voluntary, unpaid donors,” said the organisation.

"But of these voluntary donors, 30 million give blood once, and then do not return".

"We need to encourage these donors to come back and become repeat, regular donors," Dr. Dhingra said.

"Each blood donation is only 450 mm and by having more repeat voluntary donors, we can better assure the reliability of blood supply and safety of blood and blood products."

The WHO said the need for blood and blood products was rising in all parts of the world.

Every year, road traffic accidents cause 1.3 million deaths globally and, in addition, injure or disable between 20 million and 50 million people. Uncontrolled bleeding accounts for more than 468 000 deaths per year.


WHO: Blood donors needed globally Haagen Cumlet 2012-06-14 16:43:04Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Jun 13, 2012

People from the expatriate community in the Chinese capital of Beijing have donated blood more than 500 times since 1998, and have helped ease the shortage of Rh negative blood, according to the Beijing Red Cross Blood Center.

This is the first time health authorities in China have released figures on blood donations from foreign donors.

Currently, about 200,000 expats live in Beijing, according to the latest population census.

Nationwide data for blood donations by expats was not available, according to the Ministry of Health.

"There have been 526 blood donations from expatriates in Beijing, according to the database in the center," Liu Jiang, head of the Beijing blood center, told a news conference to mark World Blood Donor Day.

"The big surge in the number of foreign donors has mainly taken place since 2008, when we put great efforts into guaranteeing the reservation of rare types of blood, particularly the Rh negative, for the Beijing Olympics," he told China Daily.

Only three out of every 1,000 Chinese people are born with Rh negative blood, but in much of Europe, negative blood types are seen in about 15 percent of the population, according to medical research.

Sun Fei, who heads the laboratory center of Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics, told China Daily that their hospital has helped the Beijing Red Cross Blood Center organize blood donations among expats since 2002.

So far, expats have donated 1,500 bags of blood (200 ml per bag) via blood drives, and many of the donations were Rh negative, she said.

"Most of them are quite willing to pull up their sleeves, and whenever we issued an emergency call for certain types of blood, particularly Rh negative, many responded at once," she said.

To help ensure the supply of Rh negative blood for clinical use, the hospital even organized a volunteer group of several hundred expats, mostly Westerners.

Richard Saint Cyr, a physician at Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics, donated blood on June 4 after receiving an emergency call that a female expatriate was delivering a baby and needed Rh negative blood.

That was the first time he has donated blood in China, and he said he would like to continue donating in the future.

"I used to donate a lot more frequently before I came to China. But I have no idea where to donate blood here in Beijing, because such information is in Chinese. I think more expats would donate blood if they knew Chinese."

Brendan O'Kane, who left the United States for China nine years ago and now works as a translator in Beijing, said there are many reasons for the seemingly low number of blood donations from expats in China.

In the US, blood donation drives are usually organized at places like schools, he said. "But here in Beijing, foreigners live out of such systems, so we got fewer chances to donate blood."

"Less communication between foreigners and the Chinese could also be a reason," he said.

In addition, a lack of confidence in Chinese medical institutions' sanitation and competence could also be a reason, he added.

But he said he is willing to donate blood in large cities like Beijing.

To facilitate blood donations among expats in the capital, Beijing has translated pre-donation forms into English and trained blood collection workers to speak English, according to Liu Jiang.

"Currently, all the blood collection stations in Beijing have the ability to receive foreign donors," he said.

Chinese policies concerning blood donation apply to expats the same as with the Chinese, said Guo Yanhong, deputy head of the medical administration department of the Ministry of Health.

For example, for the donor, Beijing reimburses the cost of blood as much as five times of the amount donated within 10 years after the donation, and reimburses the cost of an unlimited amount of blood for people who have donated more than 1,000 milliliters of blood to the city's blood bank.

"Expats can enjoy the policy as well," Liu Jiang added.

Saint Cyr, however, said he wasn't aware of the policy, and that gifts or a favorable policy was not a reason he donated blood.

"It could be your child, your father who needs help It's a sense of community service to help your fellow mankind," he said.

Nationwide, blood has been in short supply in some areas since the end of 2010, according to the ministry.

"Demand for blood has been increasing quickly The number of people who needed surgery in 2010 increased by 18.6 percent over 2009, but the amount of blood donation increased by only 7.7 percent," Guo said.

"Only nine out of every 1,000 people donate blood on the Chinese mainland Right now, the blood donation rates in Hong Kong and Macao are respectively 30 per thousand and 23 per thousand," she said.

To cope with the blood shortage, cities across the country have made favorable policies to encourage people to donate blood.

The reimbursement process is widely believed to be time consuming. As a result, the Ministry of Health has asked provinces to work out a system by Sept 1 in which blood donors get reimbursed for the blood they use right when they check out of the hospital, no matter where they are, as long as the surgery takes place in the same province.

Expats donations help ease blood shortage in Beijing Haagen Cumlet 2012-06-13 11:08:35Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Jun 13, 2012

Source: Zambia Daily News/Google

The Zambia Blood Transfusion Service (ZNBTS) has recorded an increase in the amount of blood collected from donors from 40,000 units in 2004 to 104,000 units in 2009.

The development has been attributed to increased funding to the ZNBTS by government and the United States President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief.

Speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka on the occasion of the World Blood Donor Day and the Zambia Blood Donor Day organising committee chairperson Eddy Mupeso said government’s funding to ZNBTS has increased from six percent in 2011 to 50 percent in 2012.

Mr Mupeso said funding from government is expected to increase to 60 percent by next year.

“The Zambia National Transfusion Service is a government institution mandated to collect blood throughout the country and distribute the finished product to hospitals which need it. We must emphasise that this is the only institution mandated to do so,” he said.

He said schools have been the major source of blood and encouraged pupils at various learning institutions to continue donating blood.

The commemoration of the World Blood Donor Day has been set by the World Health Organisation, to universally acknowledge people who donate blood, which saves lives.

“The commemoration is intended to create awareness on the importance of donating blood, who should donate blood and the management of blood from collection to transfusion,” he said.

The commemoration of the day in Zambia will be preceded by a week of intensified activity, aimed at collecting more blood from all provincial centres.

He said all the donated blood is carefully tested for transmissible diseases like HIV, hepatitis and syphilis.
Mr Mupeso said the main beneficiaries of blood are children and mothers, who account for 40 percent of all blood utilisation, while the rest is required for cancer, malaria and HIV/AIDS patients and road traffic accident victims.

“Zambia needs about 130,000 to 150,000 units of safe blood per year. It is projected to collect about 130,000 units in 2012, based on one percent of the Zambian population,” he said.

And ZNBTS executive director Gabriel Muyinda said blood donation must be done purely on voluntary basis and that donors are not compelled to disclose their medical history.
Dr Muyinda also said no blood should either be bought or sold and that the donor must be between 16 and 65 years old.


Zambia records increase in donated blood Haagen Cumlet 2012-06-13 10:56:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Jun 11, 2012

Source: CTV News on CTV - Canadian television's online/Google

The practice of bloodletting - releasing some blood to compel the body to make more - has long been dismissed by the medical community as ancient history. But new research suggests it might actually be a simple and effective way to cut health risks in people who are obese.

Researchers in Germany conducted a randomized controlled trial on 64 obese volunteers who had a condition called metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms that are known to increase the risk of heart disease. The symptoms include a large waist, high blood pressure, elevated blood glucose levels, high triglycerides and low levels of "good" LDL cholesterol.

The volunteers were broken up into two groups: 31 served as a control, while 33 donated blood twice: about 300 millilitres at the start of the trial; and between 250 and 500 ml after one month.

(A typical blood donation unit gathered by Canadian Blood Services contains 450 ml of blood and donors can donate every 56 days.)

Six weeks later, when the volunteers had normal blood volume again, the two groups were assessed. The patients who have donated blood showed:

    a significant drop in blood pressure
    lower resting heart rate
    lower blood glucose levels w
    a normalized ratio between LDL and HDL cholesterol was normalized.

The results appear in the journal BMC Medicine.

Even the lead researcher on the study, Professor, Dr.  Andreas Michalsen from the Charité-University Medical Centre in Berlin, says he was taken aback by the findings.

"We expected some blood pressure reduction, but not to this extent," he said, noting that the treated patients saw their systolic blood pressure drop from a median of 148 mmHg to 130 mmHg.

The researchers aren't sure why bloodletting appeared to have such a strong effect, but suspect it might have to do with blood iron. Excess iron has been tied to many metabolic syndrome symptoms and can lead to inflammation, which makes the symptoms worse.

When blood is withdrawn, the body pulls excess iron previously stored in various organs to use it to produce new red blood cells. 

Michalsen says more study is needed, but for people with metabolic syndrome, donating blood regularly might be a simple way to prevent the symptoms that can lead to heart disease. And, he notes, it would be a low risk treatment that anyone without anemia or bleeding disorders could use.

"This is a very simple treatment method, it is available everywhere, the costs are very low, and, on the other side, blood donations are needed in modern medicine," he tells CTV News.

Larger trials are needed to confirm the results and evaluate the long-term risks of such a treatment, Michalsen said.

Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a general internist at Cambridge Health Alliance, said blood donation should not be recommended as a treatment for metabolic syndrome unless more studies are done.

"You want to know [that] it would make them live longer," or reduce the actual risk of heart attack and stroke, not just markers linked with those conditions, Cohen said.


Bloodletting might be a simple and effective way to cut health risks in people who are obese, study suggests Haagen Cumlet 2012-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by B.J. Smith on May 28, 2012

The Governors’ Challenge Blood Drive (GCBD) - now one of the major Rotary blood donor networks under the umbrella of Global Network for Blood Donation, a Rotarian Action Group - is a tradition that started in the Texas District 5790 way back in 1998 when Governor -elect Sid Pruitt adopted the Rotary Club of Fort Worth South’s area challenge and made it district-wide. Since then the Challenge has grown.


Helping Save Lives at Home and Around the World B.J. Smith 2012-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on May 27, 2012

Source: RI District 9800's website/Google 

By John Davis, Foundation Chair, Rotary District 9800

This year District 9800 (Australia) has forged strong links with India, sending a Group Study Exchange team to visit District 3030 in Maharashtra State and hosting the Indian team in our own District. As the team observed, India is a diverse and developing country which has many needs, particularly within the field of public health. One such need has been for blood donations for medical treatment and this is the focus of the Rotary Foundation Global Grant Project undertaken by District 9800 in partnership with District 2980 in India and the Rotary Foundation.

Rotary Foundation Global Grants have a long-term impact and support large international activities with sustainable high-impact outcomes in one or more of Rotary’s six areas of focus (see below). With the support of  the Rotary Foundation, Rotary District 9800’s Global Grant in partnership with District 2980 in India enabled the purchase of 2 ambulances with blood collection systems to be supplied to the Thanjavur Medical College Hospital and Raja Mirashdar hospital, both of which have blood banks. The total project cost of US$65,000 was shared between the two Rotary Districts and the Foundation – a truly global effort.

With healthy blood in short supply, the ambulances will go from place to place in rural areas of District 2980 and collect blood from donors. The wide reach of these ambulances and the blood screening used to ensure the integrity and safety of the blood donations will also have a further benefit to the communities visited by the ambulances.

They will mean that for the first time a large population will be screened for blood-borne and general illnesses and provided medical assistance where required. In many cases, these illnesses would have gone unnoticed, so the addition of these ambulances is expected to have a direct effect in combating the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other major diseases.

This “upstream” detection and management of disease and illness is likely to relieve significant pressure caused by “downstream” treatment of these issues at a later date once further complications and spread of the diseases has set in. This is exemplified well by the treatment of patients with diabetes – detected early, it can be a manageable problem, but left undetected, it can consume considerable treatment resources and cause severe suffering.

For those who might otherwise be left to assist such patients, a considerable burden is also lifted. A young person who might otherwise spend considerable time assisting an older person suffering from untreated diseases can instead devote that time to education, vocational training or work that helps
develop their community. Similarly, the screening process has the potential to prevent incapacitation of young people during vital developmental years.

The healthy donated blood itself will also bring benefits of lasting consequence – the collected supplies will serve the urgent need of blood during Caesarean births and other complicated deliveries, helping reduce the rates of maternal and infant mortality.

Something for which District 9800 should feel proud to have contributed significantly to through the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation Areas of Focus

    Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
    Disease prevention and treatment
    Water and sanitation
    Maternal and child health
    Basic education and literacy
    Economic and community development.

Editor's footnote about Rotary District 9800
Rotary District 9800 covers part of the Melbourne Metropolitan area, stretching into the north-west to include Bendigo, and reaching as far north as Echuca on the Murray. It is approximately 250km north to south and approximately 120km west to east at its widest point. It has 70 Clubs and approx 2,700 members.



Rotary Foundation Global Grant Project undertaken by Australian District 9800 in partnership with District 2980 in India Haagen Cumlet 2012-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on May 26, 2012

Source:, Acron Beacon Journal Online/Google/Wikipedia

Akron:  Two boys from Haiti, 4 year old Elie Pierre  and 17 month old Kurtis Petion, have become the first patients to come to Children’s Hospital  in Akron, Ohio, for heart surgery through Gift of Life North East Ohio Inc., the local version of a program affiliated with Rotary International.  Gift of Life arranges for children around the globe who don’t have access to much-needed cardiac services to undergo heart surgery at a U.S. hospital.

Participating hospitals receive a token payment to provide heart surgery and all the necessary care.

Children’s Hospital agreed to accept $5,000 per child to fix Elie’s and Kurtis’ hearts — an amount that’s a fraction of the tens of thousands of dollars the hospital typically bills for such complex medical care.

Though routinely performed in the United States, the operations are impossible in Haiti, the western hemisphere’s poorest country, because the country lacks a pediatric cardiac surgeon.

“It’s readily fixable, it’s a one-time deal and you’ve given a life,” said Ken Fogle, chairman of Gift of Life North East Ohio. “It’s obviously good for the kids.”

The two boys from Haiti arrived in the US in April. 

Without surgeries to fix their heart defects, the boys would have faced certain death before adulthood.

Gift for Life was founded in 1992. Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, Gift of Life is one of the public registries in th US with regard to bone marrow, blood stem cell and umbilical cord blood. Through its work, Gift of Life is a world leader in facilitating transplants for children and adults suffering from many life-threatening diseases, among them leukemia and lymphoma.




RI affiliated program helped two boys from Haiti to get heart surgery in the US Haagen Cumlet 2012-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on May 26, 2012

Global Network for Blood Donation, a Rotarian Action Group, by tradition, was visibly and noticeably present with a well positioned exhibition booth in the House of Friendship  at  the 103rd Rotary International Convention in Bangkok, Thailand May 2012.  In addition, GNBD played a clear role in the two breakout sessions for the Rotarian Action Groups and the two policy meetings during the convention. At our exhibition booth, more than 200 convention-goers signed our list of members bringing the figure to 1600.  Global Network for Blood Donation was founded in 2006-07.  GNBD Vice-president 2012-13 Cees Th. Smit Sibinga attended the RI convention in Bangkok, and here is his report:

GNBD report from the Bangkok RI convention 2012 Haagen Cumlet 2012-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on May 09, 2012

Source: The Reading Chronicle/Google 


Great Britain's summer of celebrations could cause a shortage of blood stocks and an appeal has gone out to new and regular donors to help increase supplies by 30%.


With the unusually high number of public events in Britain this year, including the Olympics, Paralympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, National Health Service Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) fears even regular donors will miss appointments because of other distractions.


It highlights the fact that blood stocks fell 20% during the 2006 football World Cup through donors not turning up. The problems could increase if the high numbers of international visitors with a different native blood mix put increased demand on specific blood groups.


Active donors in particular, including 120,000 in London itself, are being asked if they are eligible to make an appointment to give blood between now and the start of the Olympics, to help build stocks before the major events begin.


NHSBT spokesman Jon Latham said: "This year we have a unique situation and need donors from London and across the country to help counterbalance the inevitable dip in donations as people celebrate a memorable summer for the whole country. We need to adjust the mix of stocks so we are well prepared as a responsible host for these exciting events."


Donors of all types are needed to help build stock but there are particularly high national targets for O+, with 52% more donations needed, O- with 43% and B- with 14%.


Extra appointments will be available and in some centres donor sessions have extended their opening hours. People who haven't donated before and may not even know their blood type are also being encouraged to get involved for the first time.


Hospitals in England and North Wales need 7,000 units of blood daily and each unit saves or improves the lives of three patients.


New donation criteria means men can now donate blood more frequently - four times in 12 months as long as they wait 12 weeks between donations.


Anyone eligible to donate or thinking of doing it for the first time should visit or ring 0300 123 23 23 to make an appointment.




Major events in Britain create fear of too little donor blood Haagen Cumlet 2012-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on May 08, 2012


Aiming at boosting blood donation in the India, the national health ministry is planning a nation-wide database of blood donors connected through a web-enabled system.

"Blood donation services require a complete revamp. We are planning a national database of blood donors connected through email and social media," Health Secretary P.K. Pradhan says.

"We want more volunteers for effective resource management and constantly engagement with the community in the database," Pradhan added.

Already functional in Odisha, e-blood bank service is a web-enabled system for electronic monitoring of blood collection, testing, storage and final use or disposal. The system functions through bar-coding of blood bags to ensure blood collected first is used first in 100 per cent cases.

"An online database of regular donors needs to be maintained. Donors listed in the database will get SMS reminders and encouragement notes so that their interest is maintained," he said, adding "a similar system could work for organ donation".

The health ministry is roping in volunteers from the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS). While voluntary blood donation camps organized by schools, colleges and civil society have popularised blood donation among people, a proper collection and transfusion service is needed, the official said.

According to official statistics, the percentage of annual voluntary blood donors per year is around 50 percent, way less than the World Health Organisation's target of 100 percent collection through voluntary non-remunerated donors.

Nation-wide blood donor data base on the way in India Haagen Cumlet 2012-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on May 08, 2012

Global Network for Blood Donation, a Rotarian Action Group (GNBD) supports the World Blood Donor Day and urges Rotarians and Rotaractors to ask their club to join the celebration during the week of June 14. The World Blood Donor Day's theme this year is Every blood donor is a hero.

“Your involvement and support will help to ensure a wide impact for World Blood Donor Day 2012, increasing recognition worldwide that giving blood is a heroic life-saving act of solidarity,” the statement announcing World Blood Donor Day 2012 says.

The World Blood Donor Day, June 14 Haagen Cumlet 2012-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on May 08, 2012

Source:  Newstime  Africa/Google

Nairobi:  The demand for blood in Mauritius   -   an island nation of 1.3 million people off the southeast coast of the African continent in the southwest Indian Ocean - has been rising every year as fears of critically low blood banks, yet less people are donating with many people not knowing there blood type, according to Newstime  Africa.

“Demand for blood has increased from 20,000 pints to 50,000 pints over the last 20 years. We need it for transfusions, cancer patients and with road accidents which cause a concern this is why we need so much blood; with 50,000 pints a year this would make is feasible to supply the demand”,  Subhanand Seegoolam, President of Mauritius Blood Donors Association, articulated to the Africa Review.

According to recent government statistics, Mauritius has approximately 40,000 voluntary donors registered representing 2.5% of the known blood group population who donate blood regularly. Around 3 500 pints are collected each month. In 2011 some 50 000 pints were collected.


Concerns in Mauritius over low blood banks Haagen Cumlet 2012-05-08 11:41:17Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on May 07, 2012

Source: PTI/IBN Live/Google


New Delhi: Indian Health Secretary P K Pradhan  is advocating the need for revamping blood donation services saying that various blood agencies should be interconnected to ensure easy access.


Addressing the World Red Cross Day function, he said a revamp was needed to ensure blood donation scene.


"Networking of various agencies like Rotary, Red Cross and local agencies will help in tackling emergency situations as presently agencies don't give you blood even if you have donated in some other agency," Pradhan said.


He added that  various blood agencies should be interconnected to ensure easy access.


Lauding the contribution of youth in successful eradication of polio, he said that it was young volunteers who mobilised the community and made cent per cent immunisitation possible.


"It was young volunteers who worked at the grassroot levels and mobilised people by creating awareness among them for the need to get their children vaccinated. Volunteers can play a key role in the success of many other projects," he said.


The Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) celebrated World Red Cross Day on the occasion of 184th birthday of its founder, Henri Dunant.


Better blood donation service with closer links between Rotary, Red Cross and local agencies Haagen Cumlet 2012-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
The GNBD Board of Directors 2012-13 and a new president Haagen Cumlet 2012-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Mar 16, 2012

Source: Redwood Times

Eurea, California:  Rotarian Tom Schallert, Administrator of the Northern California Community Blood Bank in Eureka, has taken two trips to Nigeria with the Rotary sponsored  Safe Blood Africa Project (SBA) to help establish and improve blood donation centers. Quoted by Redwood Times, Tom Schallert as guest speaker at  Garberville Rotary Club told about the Safe Blood Africa Project.

The Safe Blood Africa Project (SBA) is a Rotary cooperating organization. SBA coordinates Rotary International World Community Service Projects in Africa involving one or more Rotary clubs in Africa and one or more Rotary clubs in the United States or elsewhere in the world.

SBA’s mission is to enable and support establishment of voluntary blood donor programs in areas of Africa where blood is not readily available from blood banks. Using SBA funds, Rotary club donations, Rotary District grants and Rotary Foundation matching grants, SBA procures and arranges for delivery and startup of a blood storage refrigerator with temperature monitoring and a backup generator to a publicly owned community hospital.

Each hospital is vetted in advance by the sponsoring African Rotary club(s) for its ability and willingness to support both the required blood testing and establishing and sustaining a voluntary blood donation program locally. These blood storage facilities enable the hospital to obtain and store blood in advance of the need, making it possible to properly type, test for contaminants and store the blood safely.

Following installation and startup of the equipment, the African Rotary clubs support the hospitals in establishing ongoing voluntary blood donations in the local community to help create a supply of safe blood for emergency needs, primarily women in childbirth, children suffering from malaria and other tropical diseases and victims of accidents.

In many parts of Africa blood is only available for emergency needs from paid donors, since blood storage capacity is extremely limited. In addition to the difficulty of finding and confirming the correct blood type, use of blood from paid donors often results in the transmission of blood borne diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, malaria and other tropical diseases.

SBA solicits U.S. tax deductible contributions from individuals and organizations other than Rotary to enable growth and expansion of the services we provide, including training for hospital blood technicians and for administrators of voluntary blood donation programs.

Schallert said in almost all of the medical facilities he visited the conditions were very primitive to say the least. Hospitals are not equipped to for blood donations and don’t have the equipment needed, the rooms, and safe storage is a major issue.

Most blood donations are solicited by the patient’s family members and often the costs involved are paid by the patients. The demand for blood is three times greater than the availability.

Schallert spoke about a very young Nigerian girl with malaria who needed a blood transfusion to save her life but none was available. Her father was not available and her mother didn’t qualify as a donor. He said this is the norm, rather than the exception.

Schallert and his team attended a local church service with a very large congregation. When asked if they would be willing to become blood donors, most of the people raised their hands.

Another evangelical church was over one-quarter mile long inside and held thousands of parishioners. Schallert said it’s not a matter of available donors. The main problem stems from the fact that there are no facilities or transfusion committees in place to handle them.

He showed photos of stacks of blood and plasma that had to be thrown away before it could be used because of improper storage and handling. The Eureka Rotary Club has donated refrigerators to help keep the blood and plasma at the correct temperatures. And, there is a great need for equipment and trainers to instruct others in the safe donation, handling and storage of the blood. He said much of the medical equipment at these hospitals is not in working order and the conditions are unsanitary with cross contamination and dirty floors, counters, exam tables, etc.

He remarked that just a half-mile down the road from a very poor and sparsely equipped hospital, Shell Oil Co. had a top-of-the-line medical facility that had an overabundance of blood available. In fact, they often dispose of it when it expires before it can be used. Schallert’s team approached Shell and worked to bring the two facilities together to communicate with each other. Now Shell is giving blood to the local hospital to be used.

Schallert said the biggest problem is communication between the government, the medical facilities, and the thousands of possible donors. He said it was a very tense atmosphere and the team was not allowed to go anywhere without at least one armed guard if not two. He said it is imperative to gain the support of the various tribal leaders, most of whom are extremely well educated.



Contact:  Tom Schallert at

If you would like more information about the Safe Blood Africa Project check them out at



Nigerian patiens die needlessly for lack of blood donation programs Haagen Cumlet 2012-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Feb 23, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012


Pyeongchang:  About 3,000 students of Baekseok University in South Korea gathered to form in the shape of a drop of blood at the Phoenix Park ski resort in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, in a campaign for blood donation - setting the world record for the Largest human blood drop, according to World Records Academy:

The event, which aimed to win the World Record, was designed to raise awareness of the Korean Red Cross' campaign for blood donation.

The Guinness world record for the most blood pressure readings taken in 8 hours is 3,252 and was achieved by the Bahrain Medical Society in cooperation with Manama Youth Centre in Imam Hussain Street in Manama, Bahrain.

Guinness World Records has also recognized the world record for the largest blood donation; it involved 43,732 participants and was organised by Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan (India) at Dera Sacha Sauda, Haryana, India.


Largest human blood drop - South Korean university sets world record Haagen Cumlet 2012-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Feb 23, 2012

ImageToo little donor blood is available in some parts of the world, and - perhaps - too much in the rest.

· In the developing world, for various reasons, millions of patients in need of transfusion do not have timely access to and availability of safe blood to improve their health or save their lifes.

· In the richer part of the world, the argument goes, there are indications “that transfusions are often given unnecessarily when simpler, less expensive treatments can provide equal or greater benefit.” One of the reasons for this is the practice of rational use of blood where adequate supplies of donor blood are available, always or most of the time.

When donor blood from blood drives goes down the drain Haagen Cumlet 2012-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Feb 21, 2012

Source: The Nation

Lagos: The Lagos State Blood Transfusion Committee (LSBTC) has called for voluntary blood donors.

Its Executive Secretary, Lagos State Blood Transfusion Committee, Dr. Uwem Olusola-Oyekan, said the blood banks are empty.

Speaking at a workshop for youths, he said the quantity of donated blood was lower than what was needed. "What happens if a patient needs blood in an emergency and nobody is able to find any in the blood bank? The patient may pay the supreme price. Hence this appeal that voluntary donors should enrol for blood donation," Olusola-Oyekan said.

According to her, Lagos State should have at least 185,000 units of blood yearly to cater for emergency with a population of 18.5 million people. 

She said: "For a state of 18.5million inhabitants, we should have at least 185,000 units every year, but what we have is far less then that as we have only about 80,000 units in a year so there is a huge deficit. As a result of this, people are being asked to look for blood donors when their family members and friends are in dire need of blood which should not be."

Head, Blood Recruiting Unit, LSBTC, Dr. Temilola Alayande, said Nigerians should have positive attitude towards voluntary blood donation, stressing it would help save many lives.

She said the workshop would aid recruitment of voluntary blood donors among youths to encourage them to donate more blood due to the age. "We are recruiting youths because they have many years to be active donors," she added.

President, Club 25, a blood donor group of youths between 18 and 25, Mr Sogo Olosunde, identified parental pressure, peer pressure and religious beliefs as factors hindering blood donation. Others are culture, norms and values in Africa and lack of proper orientation.

On the seminar, he said it was aimed at sensitising people to increase the number of voluntary blood donation by regular donor, while recruiting new donors.


Lagos calls for voluntary blood donors Haagen Cumlet 2012-02-21 15:07:07Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Feb 21, 2012

Source: The official newsagency Xinhua                         

BEIJING:  A total of 12.32 million Chinese donated 4,164 tonnes of blood in 2011, a year-on-year increase of 3.71 percent and 5.18 percent, respectively, the Ministry of Health has announced.

However, China still faces a grave challenge in maintaining sufficient blood supplies, the ministry said.

Currently, only 87 out of every 10,000 people donate blood on the Chinese mainland, far less than the average of 454 for every 10,000 people in developed countries and the WHO-recommended figure of 100 for every 10,000 people.

The People’s Republic of Chica is  the most populous state in the world, with over 1.3 billion citizens.

The ministry estimates that the country will need 120,000 new donors per day to satisfy demand by 2015.

The ministry urged blood stations to develop sustainable strategies to expand donor pools, as well as asked medical institutions to train personnel on the proper use of donated blood.

China reports slight increase in blood donations Haagen Cumlet 2012-02-21 14:55:22Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Feb 20, 2012

Source: Coleraine Times 

BELFAST: Rotary Club of Coleraine, District 1160,  is working in partnership with the Northern Irland Blood Transfusion Service (NIBTS) to try and increase the number of donors in the Coleraine area.

Members of the club  are raising awareness of blood donation encouraging people to start giving blood and for those who have given before, to continue giving blood.

The effort starts at home and many of the club members are getting involved and making donations themselves.

President of the Rotary Club of Coleraine's president, Michael Magee, says: “The Rotary club wants to be involved in a positive way in the community."

“What better way to do this than increasing the number of donors in Coleraine.

“We will be involved in publicising donation sessions across the borough and encouraging people to come along and donate their blood. It only takes a few minutes of your time but the potential benefits of your donation are enormous.”

The timing is important, as the Northern Ireland I Blood Transfusion Service works to ensure that blood stocks are kept at a safe level. Recent hard hitting television advertisements let people see the real pressing need for blood donation

New donors are always needed but it is equally important that existing donors keep giving blood.

Around 500 people a week in Northern Ireland need blood transfusions, about 40% of them being cancer patients and the rest mainly being used during surgical operations.

Michael Magee says: “We are asking everyone to look at their own circumstances and think of the benefit they can bring by giving blood.

“Join us and remember the slogan – Give Blood, Save Lives.”

Rotary club wants a positive involvement and goes for blood donation Haagen Cumlet 2012-02-20 12:13:22Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Feb 17, 2012

Source: BallymoreTimes 

Belfast: The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service (NIBTS) has welcomed the support of Rotary Club of Ballymoney, Rotary District 1160, with its campaign to increase the number of blood donors in the area.

Charles Kinney, Donor Services General Manager, commented: “Coming after a very challenging period over Christmas and the New Year, NIBTS is very fortunate to have this help in promoting blood donation. This campaign, at local level, will help ensure there is sufficient blood available to help patients in need”.

A local Rotarian, Chris Henderson, added: “Our members in Ballymoney Rotary know how important it is to the local community to have a safe and sufficient supply of blood. Nobody really knows when it will be needed, but if it is, we want it to be there”.

The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service is based at the Belfast City Hospital site and has the responsibility for the collection, testing and issue of 62,000 donations each year. With almost 1,000 donation sessions held at 240 locations spread throughout the province, the the blood donor service needs to recruit around 9,000 new donors each year.


Rotary club in Northern Ireland helps the local blood donor service Haagen Cumlet 2012-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Feb 16, 2012

Souce: Asien

Beijing: Blood donation will soon be factored into student and teacher evaluations in Beijing universities, according to a new policy announced by the city’s health bureau. The policy aims to alleviate the growing blood shortage in China’s capital, but has quickly generated fierce opposition from around the country.

The Beijing Municipal Health Bureau announced on Jan 30 that blood donation history would be included in assessing students’ and teachers’ performance, but said that the specifics of the plan were still being decided.  The bureau did not say when the new policy would be implemented.

Many students, however, have criticized the policy, saying that it is unfair to students whose poor health prohibits them from donating blood.

The policy has also garnered widespread opposition from China’s media, with newspapers across the country condemning the move as misguided and even dangerous.

An editorial in Nanjing’s Xiandai Kuaibao said that Beijing’s Health Bureau had overstepped its authority, and that any decision affecting the lives of students properly belonged to the city’s Education Bureau.

Many critics faulted the policy for singling out students to bear the burden of donating blood. Dazhong Daily, the official Communist Party newspaper of Shandong province, accused the Health Bureau of shirking its responsibility to promote blood donation among society at large.

 “College students are always the main source of blood donations,” explained Health Bureau spokesman, Ma Yanming, in an interview with Global Times.  “They are young, more willing to join the cause, and also more easily recover, while donating helps them learn to care for others.”

China’s media criticize ‘mandatory’ student blood donation Haagen Cumlet 2012-02-17 04:00:15Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Feb 15, 2012




The Central California Blood Center challenges members of Rotary Clubs in Fresno County to go to Fresno donor centers from now through February 18 to help their club win the Rotary Challenge.

The club with the highest percentage of donations wins the engraved perpetual plaque.

Fresno County is located in the Central Valley south of Stockton and north of Bakersfield. As of the 2010 census, it is the tenth most populous county in California with a population of 930,450 and the sixth largest in size with an area of 6,017.4 square miles (15,585 km2). The county seat is city of Fresno. In 2009, Fresno was the fifth largest city in California.

Donors receive a Service above Self T-shirt. Rotarians, families, friends, and any members of the community may take part in the challenge and by naming a club to support when registering at the centers, also at 1010 N. Perrin or 3445 N. First St.



Blood bank organises challenge for local Rotary clubs Haagen Cumlet 2012-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Feb 15, 2012

Source: District (1130) Secretary's Notice

The Rotary clubs in the London district 1130 has been approached by the bloodrunner organization Service by EmergencyRider Volunteers, known as SERV, a charity group that transports blood, plasma, platelets, samples, medicines and other urgently required medical items to hospitals across the South East of England free of charge.

“I would be delighted to speak to any of your clubs to increase awareness of our charity and the work we do,”  the SERV chairman Tim Goodman, says, quoted by a district newsletter.
In 2011, SERV volunteers made over 2500 emergency deliveries to hospitals in the Surrey and South London area, saving the local National Health Service , NHS, “tens of thousands of pounds in courier and other logistic costs”.

“Our hospitals can expect us to deliver urgent blood anywhere in our region within 2 hours, our controllers are available all night ready to dispatch a rider or driver.  We rely entirely on public donations to maintain the service, provided every night from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am with additional daytime cover for Christmas and bank holidays,” Tim Goodman says.

The Service by EmergencyRider Volunteers got started in 1981 in Surrey to supply a quick and reliable means of tansporting emergency blood and blood products to the hospitals and medical facilities at night. Prior to SERV, the only means available to hospitals, doctors and other medical establishments for the transport of emergency blood supplies at night were taxis, ambulance, police, couriers and transfusion service vehicles.

CONTACT: Tim Goodman,  phone 07785 110443

Emergency blood delivery by voluntary bloodrunners Haagen Cumlet 2012-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
GNBD - Call for Nominations – Board of Directors B.J. Smith 2012-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Feb 08, 2012


Source: The News (Pakistan) 

Students at the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) at the Islamabad campus now intend to establish a full-fledge permanent camp at its Islamabad campus to save the lives of the patients, who are in urgent need of blood.

Encouraged by the success of a recent blood donation project, students are going to undertake this new initiative in collaboration with Burhani Bank and Armed Force Institute of Transfusion (AFIT), Pakistan. Under the proposed programme, students will carry out a drive across the country's capital, Islamabad, aimed at apprising people of the importance of blood donation and to motivate them towards this trend in order to save the precious lives that could probably be lost due to non-availability of blood.

In this regard students will go from door to door to find blood donors, display banners at different points in the city as well as within their campus attracting potential blood donors.

Recently, students at the SZABIST established a two-day camp at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, in collaboration with Burhani Blood Camp, AFIT Pakistan and Thalassaemia Centre and collected 177 bags of blood for Thalassaemia patients.


Students will carry out blood drives across Islamabad Haagen Cumlet 2012-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Feb 07, 2012

"Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs) had a very successful 2011, lending their skills to help improve Rotary club and district service projects around the world," Rotary International's Program Coordinator Beth Santos says. Since the Rotarian Action Groups were recognized by the Rotary International's Board of Directors in 2005, the popularity and impact of the RAGs have grown around the world. "These autonomous, international groups are organized by committed Rotarians, Rotarians’ family members, and Rotaractors who have expertise in and a passion for a particular type of service," Beth Santos points out.


The Rotarian Action Groups' Annual Report 2010-11 Haagen P. Cumlet 2012-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Feb 05, 2012

Sources: Nigerian Tribune and The Nation, February 2012 

Akure (capital of Ondo State, Nigeria)

The Rotary Club of Ijapo in Akure, RI District 9125, Nigeria, has expressed its readiness to assist 15 rural communities in the Ondo State with water boreholes for 15 communities,  a recreational center and a blood bank. The communities include Akure South, Akure North and Ifedore local government areas of the state.

Already, three of the communities, Oke-odu, Ilere and Ikota in Akure South have benefited from the gesture of the club regarding their water problems.

The new president of the club, Mr. Kehinde Ige, a lawyer, speaking at his investiture as the 28th president of the club, said the club had provided water for the communities, while arrangements were in advanced stage for the implementation of the projects in other communities.

He disclosed that the two plots of land for the club at Ilekun would be developed to a community recreational center and a blood bank where indigent patients that could not afford to pay for blood would get it free.

Kehinde Ige  said the club would make the blood available for such people as the centre would be managed by qualified doctors, nurses and laboratory technologists.

He said, “We have been able to solve part of the water problems of three rural communities in Akure area. Those communities are Oke-Odu, Ilere and Ikota. Within the next six months or so, we want to cover about 15 other rural communities in Akure South, Akure north and Ifedore local government areas.”

The Rotary club president stated that the club was ready to implement programmes that could further make living more meaningful to the people of the rural communities in the state.

The outgoing president, Alhaji Jola Mustapha Badmus, reeled out his achievements in office to include increased membership from 32 to 40, payment of all club’s debts and leaving the club’s account viable.

Among other achievements, he said, are purchase of two plots of land for the club and that 13 club members earned Paul Harris Fellowship.

The chairman of the interim committee of Akure South Local Government area, Jide Adejuyigbe, who also chaired the occasion, commended the club for contributing to the development of the society.

Water wells, a blood bank and a recreational center Haagen P. Cumlet 2012-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Jan 28, 2012

The French Rotary blood donor network My blood for Others (Mon Sang Pour les Autres, MSPLA) continues to expand in France and abroad. Since its start in 1998, more than 150,000 donors have taken part when French Rotary clubs have organized local blood drives assisted by Rotaractors and Inner Wheelers. The largest single blood drive ever seen in Europa was held in the city of Toulouse in Southern France at the beginning of 2012. In March of 2012, Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee will be visiting a Rotary blood drive near Paris.


My blood for others in France - largest drive in Europe ever Haagen P. Cumlet 2012-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Jan 26, 2012

Johnston, USA, January 2012
Source: JohnstonPatch Newsletter

Miss Iowa 2011-12, Jessica Pray, is using her personal story to draw attention to the national cause of blood donation in the USA.  Donor blood saved the life of her mother, Rita Pray, 19 years ago after giving birth to Jessica.

Jessica has held the story close to her heart for more than five years after first becoming involved in the Johnston High School Student Council blood drive.

"I hear a lot of people that they are afraid to give blood. I can sympathize with that. I consider myself more a volunteer than a donor."

Now in her role of Miss Iowa, Jessica has crossed her home state, Iowa in the Midvestern USA, advocating about the benefits of donating and volunteering for blood donations. She has attended blood drives, conferences and talked about her cause at the Miss America Pageant.

Jessica Pray was placed in the top 10 contestants and received a $16,000 in scholarships, while advocating for blood donation on a national level.

But her involvement in raising the number of blood donations started many years ago at a high school blood drive.

"I made this my cause because of my personal blood donation story," she said of her mother, who hemorrhaged after giving birth to Jessica. "She would have died from that without a (blood) donation."

Rita Pray said she’s had several blood transfusions in her lifetime, but the most precious was when she gave birth to Jessica.

Jessica first heard her mother’s story when she began to show interest in blood donation during her sophomore year of high school.

“One of her grandmas had transfusions and her great-grandma, so it was talked about,” Rita said. “It was kind of like she thought, ‘wow that’s really cool that I’m involved’.”

Jessica worked that first year to turn around the school’s blood drive.

"It was kind of a failure before and I made it my goal to have a high number of donations,” Jessica said.

Chris Beguhn, student council sponsor, said Jessica’s work parlayed into a successful drive.

“Jessica did a great job of assessing what worked and what didn’t,” Beguhn said. “She implemented improvements. She definitely helped build a format for the sign-up process of our blood drive. We continue to use her ideas because they are successful.”

After hearing her mom’s story Jessica believed in the need for blood donors and began volunteering at LifeServe Blood Center.

Christine Hayes, Vice-president of communications for LifeServe, said Jessica's involvement with the high school blood drive was just a jumping-off point.

"She sought us out to be a regular volunteer," Hayes said. "She committed to volunteering several hours a week or month depending on her schedule."

From there, Jessica's connection with the cause continued to grow.

When she decided to become involved with the Miss America organization a year ago, Jessica knew her work with blood donations would be a good fit.

"It (joining Miss America) was a way to share my voice and talent of singing, that's what I study at the University of Iowa," Jessica said. "When I found out about the community service portion, I wanted it to be blood donation."

In June og 2011, Jessica was crowned Miss Iowa, so she took the year off from school to focus on her duties.

"Jessica is a phenomenal spokesperson, it was nice to see someone competing in a pageant choose a platform she was already involved with," Hayes said. "We really could not have asked for a better spokesperson."

Jessica, who also advocates for the DeGowin Blood Center in Iowa City and the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center in Davenport, has spoken on behalf of the centers, handed out fliers, attended parades and talked with prospective donors to continue raising awareness.

A recent blood drive in the East Village in Des Moines drew the best turnout the center has ever had, Hayes said.

"We've certainly gotten a lot of interest from young girls that want to see her and have a picture," Hayes said. "I think that is one of the messages that she's been able to pass along, it's important to donate, but not everyone can."

When her Miss stint is over, Jessica Pray will continue to support blood donations.

"I'll be a lifelong volunteer,” she said.


Miss Iowa Advocates for Blood Donation Haagen P. Cumlet 2012-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Jan 23, 2012

Dubai, January 2012 



"It was a turning point in the history of the centre," said Dr. Essam Dohair, outreach co-ordinator for the Thalassaemia Centre at Dubai's Latifa Hospital, of the visit made by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the The United Arab Emirates, UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.


The same day, more than 200 people came to the hospital to donate blood, Dr. Dohair told Gulf News. "The next day we had more than 500 donors and the day after, more than 700. On a regular day, we have 50-60 donors," he said.


The patients at the Thalassaemia Centre were extremely happy, said Dr. Dohair who has been with the centre for the past 23 years. "The visit was a surprise. His Highness first visited the Thalassaemia Centre to talk to the patients, and then visited the blood donation centre. The patients later expressed how valued they felt because their leader has donated blood for his people."


Madiha Ameen, a Pakistani national, has been visiting the Thalassaemia Centre for the past 26 years to receive 3-4 units of blood every three weeks. She told Gulf News, "My appointment was on the next day of our Ruler's visit. I saw donors from official organisations like the navy, police and the army. I was thrilled. If a leader of an emirate can take time out from his schedule to donate, everyone can."


It is the estimated that 8.33% of the total UAE populationare  carrying the gene for thalassaemia. 50-60 individuals donate blood for thalassaemia patients on average each day at Latifa Hospital 70 million people or more worldwide are afflicted with beta-thalassaemia minor, as per 2010 estimates.


Royal visit to Thalassaemia Centre helps highlight how each individual can make a difference by donating blood Haagen P. Cumlet 2012-01-24 02:49:15Z 0
Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Jan 22, 2012

New Delhi, January  2012
Source: Hindustan Times 

India's national capital barely manages to meet its requirement of donor blood. Delhi just about breaks even when it comes to meeting the requirement for blood. In 2011, Delhi collected about 450,000 units of blood. This collection was 80 per cent  by way of replacement blood donation and 20 per cent by way of voluntary donation, according to the online version of Hindustan Times.

"Since voluntary donations in India are poor, replacement donation was made a rule. But the Indian National AIDS Control Organisation, NACO,  gradually wants to do away with replacement donation," said Dr. Bharat Singh, director, state blood transfusion council and blood bank in-charge Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital in east Delhi.

Besides charging a steep amount towards the costs of testing blood after donation, all hospitals have made it mandatory for people to provide replacement blood donation.

"Had it not been for the mandatory replacement, Delhi would never be able to meet the demand," he added.

"Although the National Blood policy drafted by NACO states that replacement blood donation should be phased out slowly and all donations should be voluntary, there are no signs of this happening," said a doctor from Lok Nayak Hospital.

"In my department alone, at least five such patients are refused blood every day as they don't have donors. This mandatory replacement is responsible for illegal blood sales," he said.

Doctors across hospitals agree that replacement blood donation should be done away with at the earliest.

"About 40 per cent of Delhi's patients are from other states and not everyone has donors. This mandatory replacement either forces people to buy blood from crooks or die helpless," said a gynaecologist from Safdarjung  Hospital.

"If there was a proactive system of networking between blood banks and increased efforts for collecting blood by way of camps, replacement donation could be done away with," said a senior doctor from Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital in west Delhi.

Replacement blood donation the "rule" in Delhi Haagen P. Cumlet 2012-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Jan 20, 2012

London, January 2012

Source: London Evening Standard


More than 100 mothers at a London hospital have donated umbilical cord blood to save lives, reports the London Evening Standard. All gave birth at the University College Hospital which now officially has launched its donation centre.


Six weeks after the opening of the NHS unit, nearly a third of women given the option to donate - 140 - have done so, potentially saving as many patients.


Cord blood, which remains in the placenta and umbilical cord after birth, is rich in stem cells that can help patients whose bone marrow is not working, including cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy.


Rachael Hough, a consultant haematologist at the University College Hospital, said the system of banks helped patients needing life-saving cord blood transplants to receive treatment more quickly. "The unit here will make a significant contribution to the national cord blood bank.”


"These banks offer real hope to patients with life-threatening cancers who would otherwise have no alternative treatments available."


University student Madelaine Burke, 19, from Northolt is among those who have benefited. She was treated for an acute form of leukaemia with a cord blood transplant four years ago at UCH, with the blood in those days having to be brought in from another hospital.


Today Ms Burke said: "There is no doubt my transplant was life-saving. But a lot of mothers don't realise that an umbilical cord can be so precious. I would ask more to donate."


The cord blood banks are in areas which serve ethnically diverse communities, in the hope that more donations will come from black and ethnic minorities who have to wait longer to find a matched donor.


Expectant mothers register their interest as potential donors during their pregnancy and provide consent in advance for collection, testing and use of the cord blood.


Read more at:


New mothers save lives by giving precious cord blood Haagen P. Cumlet 2012-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Jan 20, 2012

Source: The Asian Age
Thiruvanathapuram, January 2012

Hundreds of units of life-saving blood are rendered waste in many of the blood banks in the Indian state of Kerala at a time when the state is grappling with the problem of low rate of voluntary blood donation, reports the online paper The Asian Age. The reasons: poor storage facilities and lack of blood component separation units.

A recent episode in the Thiruvanathapuram General Hospital, in which 100s of units of blood were discarded because of erratic power supply, highlighted the seriousness of the situation, and raised questions about the manner in which blood banks were undertaking their tasks.

“Similar cases are taking place in various blood banks across the state, but most of these go unreported. It is a criminal waste,” said an official.

What has aggravated the problem is the shortage of staff at the Drugs Control Department and the Kerala State Blood Transfusion Council. Less than a dozen staff members are entrusted with the enormous task of enforcing quality control across 164 private and 33 government blood banks.

The efforts to increase voluntary blood donation have not yielded results, with the annual voluntary blood donation in the state remaining at a much lower level, compared to other Indian states.

While the state at the moment is just about managing with 350,000 units of blood, states like West Bengal are far ahead, recording 70 to 80 per cent voluntary blood donation. This is followed by Maharashtra and Gujarat.

“We are soon going to launch blood component separation facility in hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Palakkad, Manjeri and Mananthavady,'' said an official of the blood transfusion council.

He said blood storage facilities would be provided at 34 more delivery centres to ensure timely support for pregnant women.

Life-saving blood goes down drain in the Indian state of Kerala Haagen P. Cumlet 2012-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Jan 06, 2012

Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines

Rotary Club of Hundred Islands reports:

The Rotary Club of Hundred Islands is a recipient of a US$ 5,200 in Matching Grant from The Rotary Foundation in support of the blood bank project of the Philippine Red Cross, Alaminos City Western Pangasinan Chapter.

The Hundred Islands Club raised 18,000 Philippine pesos (roughly US$ 400) as counterpart for the purchase of a brand new blood bank refrigerator. Rotary International District 3790 District Governor Manuel 'Manny' Yu contributed the District Designated Fund in the amount of US$ 2,000.  

The Philippine club coordinated the project internationally in partnership with the Rotary Club of Cascavel Uniao, Brazil and the Rotary International District 4640. Past District Governor Dalva Rigoni contributed the District Designated Fund in the amount of US$ 3,000.  Partnering with Rotary Clubs abroad was a key factor in the Hundred Islands club being awarded the grant.

To provide a continuous supply of blood to dengue patients in the whole of Western Pangasinan, the Alaminos City Western Pangasinan Chapter of the Red Cross needs a brand new blood bank refrigerator.  The existing blood bank refrigerator is small and is in danger of going out of commission.  The chapter is presently using a blood refrigerator borrowed from the Province of Pangasinan.

“Rotary has been an exemplary partner of the Philippine Red Cross.  We are honored by the association with Rotary here in Western Pangasinan and the whole country,” said Arthur F. Celeste, Chairman, Philippine Red Cross. Alaminos City Western Pangasinan Chapter.

The US$ 5,200 grant is the first ever contribution received by any club in the Province of Pangasinan, one of the eleven provinces covered by Rotary International District 3790 composed of 94 clubs.

Contact: Henry Onia (

Matching Grant in support of a blood bank refrigerator Haagen P. Cumlet 2012-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Dec 27, 2011

Source: Deccan Chronicle, Dec. 2011

Having inspired young people over the last two decades to develop their social, humanitarian and soft skills the Rotaract Club of Saibaba Colony from Coimbatore in India has taken the concept of student entrepreneurship to new heights,  reports the Deccan Chronicle. The 22-year old Rotaract club’s initiatives have now blossomed into one of the finest and praise-worthy societies for college-goers.

The Rotaractors have gotten a wide range of ideas and contacts that have aided them in running the club, which is an ‘off-spring’ of Cbe West Rotary Club

The club’s successful ventures are diverse: ‘Sahayam,’ a fest arranged for special children to partake in and win prizes; donation of 1000 first-aid boxes to autos and police vans; an inter-school cultural event ‘Illusions’ involving 1300 schools in and around the city and a range of welfare projects like blood donation, salt dumping, road safety awareness, food distribution on ‘World Health Day’ at homes, donation of old clothes, etc.

Personally, its been an excellent platform for me as I’ve built a portfolio, garnered experience via a part-time advertisement job and improved as an individual,” says current President, Alagendran Subramaniam, a 2nd year VisCom student.

The life of a very active Rotaract club Haagen P. Cumlet 2011-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Dec 27, 2011

Sources: Indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express

CHENNAI: After cinema and television, even short film makers seem to be taking the ‘reality’ route. Indian Director Balaji Subramaniam who had scheduled a two-day shoot to make a documentary on donating blood, decided to have a real blood donation camp at Purasawalkam on the second day (Christmas) to boost the reality factor for his film. According to him, “Not only will the blood donation scenes have real doctors and donors, we will also have done a good thing which is the goal of this documentary.”

Titled 14/6 (the date on which World Blood Donor Day, WBDD, is conducted annually), the film will have a hard yet relatable storyline, according to Balaji. Having worked as an assistant director on several major Kollywood projects over a decade, it wasn’t difficult for him to rope in a reasonably recognisable star cast — actor Jayaprakash of Pasanga fame and Vinodhini of Engeyum Eppodhum.

The story is about a young man who sheds a lot of blood due to a life of violence and how it all turns around to his realisation of the worth of a single drop of blood, added Balaji. The short film is expected to be released by February. The blood camp saw over 25 donors.


Indian documentary on blood donation Haagen P. Cumlet 2011-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Dec 20, 2011

(Source: Ria Novosti, Dec. 2011

Russia has published a draft law enabling anyone, regardless of nationality or place of residence, to donate blood. The aim of the new law is to fill the country’s blood banks, as a lack of donor blood has long been one of Russia’s vital problems.

Moscow’s blood deposits are enough to cover only 70 percent of cases; in the whole country, the figure hardly tops 50 per cent.

Hoping to improve the situation, Russian officials have decided to widen the list of those who can donate blood – and once the new law is signed, virtually anyone will be welcome at blood donation centers, including citizens of other countries and even the homeless.

“The draft law says that any person will be able donate blood,” Lyudmila Stebenkova, head of the Moscow Duma’s Public Health Committee, told RT.

“So, for example, if a migrant comes to a blood-donation center and the doctors refuse to take their blood, he or she can go to court and certainly win the case.”

The new law, however, focuses on voluntary donations only, leaving behind paid ones. This could radically reduce the number of blood donors, health specialists say.

“Ninety-five percent of plasma donors are paid, as well as 55 percent of blood donors,” said Olga Mayorova, the chief doctor at a blood transfusion station. “If we ban paid donations, we will lose many of those donors.”

Paid donors, meanwhile, are the donation stations’ most valuable clients, Mayorova pointed out, as most of them carefully watch their health. According to regulations, the blood could be used for blood transfusion only if its donor was checked in six months before the donation, ensuring he was not carrying any infection.

Moreover, the homeless would probably not be keep on donating blood for free.

“Imagine a homeless person turns up and donates his blood,” Stebenkova told RT. “We have to feed him – according with the law. And then he turns out to be HIV-positive."

Due to the proposed open policy, Stebenkova continues, "We wouldn’t even be able to find him.”

New law in Russia focuses on voluntary blood donations Haagen P. Cumlet 2011-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Dec 19, 2011

Rotary clubs in the Cleveland area, USA, are being asked to have at least 10 members of their respective groups volunteer to donate blood at a December blood drive, according to Cleveland Daily Banner.

A citywide blood drive will be held between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Dec. 30 at Life Care Centers of America to honor veterans like Cleveland’s own 252nd Military Police Company.


Area clubs asked to have at least 10 members of their respective groups volunteer to donate blood. Haagen P. Cumlet 2011-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Dec 19, 2011

Source: Indian Times, Dec. 2011

NEW DELHI: Voluntary blood donation rate in India has hit the 80% mark. National Aids Control Organization's (NACO) latest assessment says that 80% of estimated 10 million units of safe blood availability required for the country have been achieved through a network of 2, 609 blood banks - public, voluntary/trust, private hospitals and private standalone ones. And, about 80% is through voluntary blood donation.

The working group on AIDS control for the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), starting from April 1, has suggested a new target: to achieve 90% of the annual requirement of blood exclusively through voluntary non-remunerated donation.


Voluntary blood donation rate has hit the 80% mark in India Haagen P. Cumlet 2011-12-19 09:50:41Z 0
Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Dec 17, 2011

Source: Salisbury Journal, December 2011

Great Britain's NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is appealing to blood donors to come forward in the run up to Christmas.

In particular the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) service is asking those with O Rh negative (O-) and B Rh negative (B-) blood types to donate.

Blood stocks traditionally dip as the festive season approaches, and with the probable onset of bad weather, NHSBT is working to boost stocks of these groups throughout December.

Jon Latham, assistant director of for marketing and donor contact service at NHSBT, said: "Blood donors from every blood group are needed every day.

“If more donors can spare the time to give blood in December this will give blood stocks a timely lift in the run up to Christmas and allow them to be maintained at a constant level as January approaches.

"We would like to reassure everyone that blood stocks are not low and patient care has not been affected in any way."

Donors with blood group O- are known as universal donors as their blood can be given to patients with a different blood group. This can prove vital in an emergency situation when there may not be time for an immediate blood grouping test to be carried out.

About seven per cent of the population have this blood group.

Donors with the blood group B- are more often found in black and minority ethnic communities. Only two per cent of the population have this blood group and more donors are particularly needed.

To be potentially eligible to give blood you must be aged between 17 and 65, weigh over 7st 12lbs (50kg) and be in general good health.

There is no upper age limit for blood donation if you have donated in the last two years.


NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) manages the national voluntary donation system for blood, tissues, organs and stem cells turning these precious donations into products that can be used safely to the benefit of the patient.  

To find out more about becoming a blood donor or to book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 1232323 or log in to

Blood donors needed ahead of Christmas Haagen P. Cumlet 2011-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Dec 17, 2011

January is the perfect time to honor the people who help others through the simple act of giving blood.

(Written by the American Red Cross)

Since 1970, January has been known as National Blood Donor Month in the USA. It’s a time when blood organizations like the American Red Cross pay tribute to the nearly 11 million people who give blood each year, and encourage others to start the New Year off right by coming to give the gift of life.

Blood donors bring hope and promise to hospital patients who may need blood for their very life,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Donors are people like you who play a vital role in modern health care by helping ensure hospitals have blood for patients.”

January is a challenging time for blood donation because cold and snowy weather and busy post-holiday schedules can make it difficult for blood donors to keep appointments. Regardless of the time of year, hospital patients nationwide need about 44,000 blood donations daily for cancer care, surgeries, and the treatment of serious diseases and trauma.

The Red Cross encourages donors to make and keep appointments, both for convenience and to reinforce the feeling of commitment. Community members can also contribute to the blood supply by organizing or volunteering at a blood drive, or by suggesting blood donation to their family and friends.

If volunteering in your community is on your list of resolutions, you can meet it by simply giving blood or recruiting others to give, too,” said Whitman. “Donating blood is a great way to make a lifetime of difference in just a little more than an hour’s worth of your time.”


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Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Dec 11, 2011

Global Network for Blood Donation, a Rotarian Action Group (GNBD) and the Association of Donor Recruitment Professionels (ADRP) "agree to collaborate in a combined effort to help assure a safe and readily available blood supply world-wide through the promotion of non-remunerated, voluntary blood donations."

(The fully executed copy can be found as a pdf-file in the downloads).  

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Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Nov 29, 2011

Mr Joseph Yieleh Chireh, Ghana's Minister of Health, has pledged the government’s commitment to ensure the provision of adequate blood supply to meet clinical needs of patients, the website reports.

The Minister of Health made the pledge in a speech read on his behalf at the 11th National Blood Donor Day and Launch of the Annual Blood Donation Campaign in Accra.

It is under the auspices of two Rotary Clubs in the capital, RC of Accra and RC Accra Ridge, on the theme “More Blood More Life” in cooperation with the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS).

He said blood supply was an essential service to all Ghanaians and therefore urged the citizenry to continue with the support to voluntary blood donation exercises and campaigns.

Mr Yieleh Chireh called on Ghanaians to continue donating blood and make it a responsibility to contribute to the quota of bold donation.

Mr Winfred A. Mensah, District Governor Nominee of Rotary District 9100, said it was important to note that thousands of lives were saved each year in Ghana by the generous service of these donors through transfusion.

He said the NBTS needed to collect 250,000 units of blood annually in order to make available adequate, safe and efficacious blood affordable and accessible to all patients who required blood transfusion therapy across the country.

Mr Mensah said by the selfless service of regular voluntary unpaid donors, health workers had found the blood donated safer due to the processes they go through .

Mr Mensah said voluntary blood donation was on the decline and therefore urged more volunteers to join hands to move forward in selfless services to patients in hospitals and clinics who needed blood transfusion therapy.

Mr Ben Adomako, President of Rotary Club Accra, said the club had been able to identify the needs in the communities and had therefore provided and equipped health centres in the country.

He said donation of blood should be of service above self esteem, therefore Ghanaians should learn to give back to communities without counting the cost.


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The Rotary Club of Phnom Penh, District 3350, is seeking to engage hotels, universities, government, NGO offices, companies, garment factories, embassies, etc. in the Cambodian capital in voluntary donation of blood. The first such drive was held October 22, 2011, at the Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, an international 5-star hotel,  targetting its employees and management in coordination with the Ministry of Health and the National Blood Transfusion Center.  Under the slogan My Blood for Others, the drive secured blood from 67 donors.



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By Jaishree with inputs from RC Noida, RI District 3010, India.

The Rotary Noida Blood Bank is the culmination of a three-year dream of the members of Rotary Club of Noida, RI District 3010, in their quest for zero-risk blood for transfusions. The centre promotes voluntary blood donation to save precious human lives in a healthy manner. This Blood Bank that has been installed with the best of the systems and equipments is a pioneer in several ways. (This report is quoted from  Rotary International's regional magazine for India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, Rotary News, September 2011).

Towards Zero-risk Blood Haagen P. Cumlet 2011-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of New Delhi, India (District 3010), has passed the milestone of having organized 100 blood camps. B.J. Smith 2011-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Club of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, District 3350, has adopted the French Rotary blood drive logo and motto My Blood for Others (Mon Sang Pour Les Autres) - the name of the national Rotary blood donation campaign that now includes more than 50 cities in France. The club has held its first blood drive in co-operation with the National Blood Transfusion Center and hopes to see a partnership develop that will be able to address "the acute voluntary blood donation crisis situation in Cambodia."
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"More blood, more life" is this year's theme of the World Blood Donor Day, June 14, which is organized by four major international organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO). Global Network for Blood Donation, a Rotarian Action Group (GNBD) supports the event and urges Rotarians and Rotaractors to ask their club to join the celebration during the week of June 14 and recognize those who donate blood.
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The 2011-12 Rotary International president, Kalyan Banerjee, in a letter to the incoming District Governors of India has urged them to rally behind voluntary blood donation under the umbrella of Global Network for Blood Donation, a Rotartian Group (GNBD). - By undertaking this project, you will be saving thousands of lives and helping needy accident victims, cancer patients, mothers, babies and several others. The entire program has my support. Let us together "Reach Within to Embrace Humanity", Kalyan Banerjee urges. Rotary International's involvement will function under the guidance of the two R.I. Directors Yash Das and Shekhar Mehta. The president of GNBD, P.T. Prabhakar, will serve as the National Chair for this program in India.
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Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on May 04, 2011
Rotary International has made revisions to the policies for the Rotarian Action Groups in addition to the updated standard bylaws, 2011. Please go to DOWNLOADS for full details. Here is a summery of what Rotarian Action Groups may do and may not do.
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Posted by Haagen P. Cumlet on Apr 30, 2011
Going to the Rotary International convention in New Orleans May 21-25? Well, don't miss the GNBD exhibition booth number 1122 in the House of Friendship. Our Annual Meeting will be held on May 25 from 13:30-15:30 in room 383.
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Rotary clubs and districts in Western Australia have succeeded in reaching the goal of collection around six million Dollars to fund the construction of a public cord blood bank in Perth, capital and largest city of the state. The cord blood bank is a gift to the people of Western Australia.  
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On behalf of the board members for the Global Network for Blood Donations we wish you a very happy holiday season!Image

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AABB, Global Blood Fund and Terumo BCT commit resources to Ghanaian Ebola Readiness and Resilience Initiative

LAKEWOOD, Colo., Dec. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Government of Ghana has endorsed a project proposed through the collaboration of AABB, Global Blood Fund (GBF) and Terumo BCT to respond to the emerging Ebola crisis within West Africa, as well as provide long-term health system capacity to the citizens of Ghana.

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Are you attending the 2015 RI Convention in São Paulo, Brazil?  If so, we need your help!  The Global Network for Blood Donations has requested a room/booth at the upcoming meeting and we are seeking volunteers to help.  If you are planning to attend the RI Convention in Brazil and would be willing to help with the booth/room, please contact:  BJ Smith at

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To further the trans-continental exchange of emerging best practices, Global Blood Fund (GBF) recently sponsored a plenary presentation at the 2014 (biennial) Congress of the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.  Dr. Jose Cruz, formerly with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), spoke on Nicaragua’s recent success in achieving 100% voluntary, non-remunerated blood donation 


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Yetmgeta Abdella
July 28

Dear colleagues,

The Global WBDD 2014 Report is in the process of being compiled by the WHO Blood and Transfusion Safety (BTS) programme in the Service Delivery and Safety Department, in collaboration with the National Blood Transfusion Service of Sri Lanka, the host of this year’s global event. This will include reports of activities and stories from countries around the world on their WBDD celebrations. (Please see link to WBDD 2013 report

We would greatly appreciate it if all members of this network submit country stories of WBDD celebrations, with pictures if possible, for inclusion in the Global WBDD 2014 Report.

Please use the attached template for compiling the report so that there is consistency in the content and format of the report, covering the national/local WBDD events and send your reports to Dr Charuni Kohombange, Co-Secretary of the Organizing Committee for the WBDD 2014 Global Event, National Blood Transfusion Service of Sri Lanka ( with copy to Dr Yetmgeta Eyayou, Technical Officer, Blood and Transfusion Safety, WHO-Geneva ( The global report is planned to be finalized by 15 November 2014. We are therefore looking forward to receiving your country stories as soon as possible.
Thank you very much in advance for your usual contribution and cooperation towards the successful compilation of the WBDD 2014 Report.
Many thanks and best regards,

Dr Yetmgeta Eyayou
Technical Officer
Blood and Transfusion Safety (BTS)
Service Organization and Clinical Interventions (SCI)
Service Delivery and Safety Department (SDS)
World Health Organization-Headquarters
Avenue Appia 20, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
Tel. direct: +41 22 791 2488; Fax direct: +41 22 791 4817
World Blood Donor Day 14 June:


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Celebrating the 17th annual Governors’ Challenge Blood Drive in Rotary District 5790, the Global Network for Blood Donation bestowed capes and awards.   

D5790 brought 2,811 donations under the leadership of newly caped DG  Hollis Lackey.  Receiving the awards for their clubs were; Joel White from Wichita Falls North, Alex Buck from Lewisville, TX and Fred Miller from Southlake, TX.

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<Mather, CA> – On June 14, 2011, people from countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) in efforts to raise awareness of the need for a safe and available blood supply provided by volunteer blood donors. The theme of this year's WBDD is "More blood. More life." This theme reinforces the urgent need for people all over the world to save lives by donating blood.


For more information, visit

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Dear Friends,

The GNBD will have a booth in the House of Friendship in Lisbon.  We are looking for members of our RAG to assist us with exhibiting during certian times during the RI Convention. If attending the conference and willing to assist the GNBD, please email B.J. Smith at We also encourage you swing by the booth and visit with us.


Thanks all,



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ImageThis week marks the 15th anniversary of the annual blood drive in Toulouse.  They hope to welcome more than 3,000 donors to make this the biggest drive in Europe!  Watch the newsletter as we will post there successes!
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Blood Donation Camp - Rotary International Michelle Stefan 0
Global Blood Fund Offers Portable Blood Donation Beds to In-Need Collection Agencies Michelle Stefan 0
Plano Texas Rotary Club Partners for Blood Drive B.J. Smith 0
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Israeli Rotary Club Has Organized Blood Drives for More Than 30 Years Rotary Club of Zichron Ya'acov, a town with less than 20.000 inhabitants south of the Israeli city of Haifa, is now in its 31th year of conducting blood drives.

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Partnering with the Rotary Club of Clermont-Ferrand, Rotary District 1740, France, former Rotaractor Julien Leblay is touring worldwide on his bicycle to promote voluntary blood donation. Now, at age  30, the Frenchman is aiming - along with his wife, Marion Dumas Cheilletz - to cover 27,000 kilometers by cycle from France to New Zealand.
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A massive blood drive in the four Rotary Districts in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the union territory of Puducherry -  in association with the government - and joined by two Rotary Districts in the neighboring state of Kerala has collected an estimated 50,000 units of blood, according to Blood Donor Chair Dr. R. Sriram of District 3230. In several places, the drive was spearheaded by awareness rallies – including Rotaractors on motor bikes.
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More than 1300 cities worldwide arranged events focusing on urbanization and health as part of the World Health Day, April 7, 2010.  In Trivandrum, the capital of the Indian state Kerala, a local Rotary Club joined a blood bag company, a blood donor organization and a university campus in organizing a blood camp.

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The Governors' Challenge Blood Drive - one of the largest blood drive networks within Rotary International – has expanded from five to 11 Rotary districts in the USA, covering all of Texas and New Mexico,  and stretching into the neighboring states of Oklahoma and Arkansas. In total, the Governors' Challenge Blood Drive now includes 613 Rotary clubs with more than 27,700 members. By May 6, 2010, district 5790 and 5810 hit the historic milestone of 100,000 units of blood. Update, June 2010: At the GNBD symposium on voluntary blood donation at the Rotary International convention in Montreal founder of the project, PDG Chuck Kurtzman, presented the Texas network and told about how a club project managed to expand and became a challenge among several districts. To see the presentation, click here or go to DOWNLOADS).


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The focus of World Blood Donor Day, June 14, 2010, will be on Young Donors - with the slogan: "New blood for the world".  The Global Network for Blood Donation, a Rotarian Action Group (GNBD), liaises with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations (IFBDO/FIODS) and the International Society of Blood  Transfusion (ISBT), which jointly are sponsoring the WBDD.  (Updated June 10, click here).

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The four Rotary clubs in the city of Recife, capital of the northeastern Brazilian state Pernambuco, are looking for matching grant partners abroad for the procurement of a bloodmobile and the necessary thermal boxes. The mobile blood bank will be administered by the Pernambuco State's blood service (Hemope Foundation), and is projected to increase the collection of donor blood within the state by at least 10 per cent, according to the prepared application to The Rotary Foundation (TRF). The total cost of the project is estimated at 77,132 US Dollars, out of which one or more international partners will be requested to raise 21,376 US Dollars.

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At least 17,000 units of blood were secured during blood drives in 2009 that were organized by Rotary clubs within the national French Rotary blood donor network Mon Sang pour les Autres/My Blood for Others, according to the network's national coordinator, PDG Jean-Claude Brocart. The figure includes 48 cities from 18 French Rotary districts. Outside mainland France, collects were organized in District 9200 (the overseas French departement of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean) and the West African district 9150 (Gabon). During the year, MSPLA spread to two more West African countries, Mali and Ivory Coast in District 9100.


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Partnering with the Rotary Club of Clermont-Ferrand, Rotary District 1740, France, a young Frenchman, Julien Leblay , has been touring worldwide on his bicycle to promote voluntary blood donation. Since 2004, when he and a friend founded the organization Voyageurs au Grand Coeur (The Great Heart Travelers), he has bicycled almost 31,000 kilometers on three continents - Europe, South America and Oceania - often visiting and talking to, among others, Rotary clubs along the way about blood donation. His interest in promoting voluntary blood donation started some years back, when he, at age 16, had a near fatal accident.

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When incoming club president Dr. Hassan Adelakun of Rotary Club of Oke-Ona Egba, District 9110, returned home from the Rotary International Convention in Birmingham, he carried with him the conviction that his year as president, 2009-10, should mark the beginning of Rotary organized blood drives in his club's hometown, Abeokuta, and as well as the founding of a voluntary blood donor organization in the Nigerian State of Ogun. At the RI Convention, Hassan Adelakun became inspired by the GNBD exhibition booth and the breakout sessions on non-remunerated blood donation.   (Updated Sept. 26)

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The Rotary clubs in Mali - a landlocked country in French speaking Western Africa, District 9100 - are reflecting on their first major blood drive: During six days, the Rotary-organized campaign collected, in average, 60 bags of blood a day. "Never has an action of public health generated so much enthusiasm among Rotarians in Mali," Rosa Cisse, 2008-2009 President of Rotary Club Bamako Djoliba, recalls.

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Rotary E-Club of London Centenary, District 1130, is offering visiting Rotarians at the club's website yet another opportunity for an alternative make-up: A donation of blood at a blood bank may be counted as a make-up for a lost meeting at your own club. Click here for more information and to submit your application for a make-up form for having donated blood.
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One of the largest blood drive projects within Rotary International, Governors' Challenge Blood Drive (GCBD), is expanding from two to five American Rotary Districts, representing over half of Texas and much of the neighboring state of Oklahoma to the north and a bit of Arkansas. In addition, GCBD is amending its charter to include organ and bone marrow donation.

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Working in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), members from several Rotary clubs in District 7620 (Maryland and Washinton D.C.) and  in District 7610 (Virginia) have established the Safe Blood Inc. to promote voluntary non-remunerated blood donation and safe blood transfusions in Latin America and Caribbean countries. The project has become incorporated to obtain a non-profit status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the US, thus, making contributions deductible to American tax-payers. (Updated May 2, 2009).

Safe Blood project for Latin America Haagen P. Cumlet 0
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20 Rotary Clubs, two Rotaract Clubs and three Inner Wheel Clubs in the French city of Toulouse took part in the 2009 edition of the national Rotary blood drive, Mon Sang pour les Autres (My Blood for Others), MSPLA. It was in this city of Rotary District 1700 that a blood drive was started by a local Rotary club in 1998 - and since then the program has spread throughout the country and become the most important blood donor campaign in France. (Updated April 23, 2009)

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The Safe Blood Africa Project (SBA) has since its start in 2004 by Carmel Valley Rotary Club in California, District 5230, provided 14 blood storage refrigerators and generators to publicly owned community hospitals in Nigeria. The project is now "reaching the point ...  where ....  an administrative support person" may be needed, according to project chairman Brian J. Golden. In 2007, the Safe Blood Africa project won a Rotary International Best Cooperative Projects Award for its accomplishments.

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Welcome to Global Network for Blood Donation, a Rotaryan Action Group. The aim of GNBD is to develop a worldwide network of Rotary Clubs, Rotary Districts and individual Rotarians, Rotaractors and friends with a common interest in promoting voluntary blood donation. If the estimation is correct, blood donor projects within Rotary International save or improve the lives of more than two million people annually. Still, our contribution to the world's blood supply is a modest one, constituting about one percent.

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The Rotary Club of Dilkusha, District 3280, has set a goal of establishing the first Rotary-sponsored blood bank center in Bangladesh and is looking for one or more partners, club or district, home or abroad, the club's 2007-08 President, M. Khairul Alam, reports. Located in a commercial district of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, the Dilkusha RC holds several blood camps - for voluntary blood donation - a year in co-operation with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society.

First Rotary blood Bank in Bangladesh Haagen P. Cumlet 0
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Since its start in 1998 in the city of Toulouse, District 1700, the blood donor campaign Mon Sang pour les Autres  (My Blood for Others) has become a leading national Rotary event in France. Moreover, the campaign has now spread to the French speaking part of West Central Africa and has also inspired clubs in overseas French territories. (Click here to see Newsletter no. 4, May 2008 or go to Site Pages). Clich here to view video.
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When Rotarians in the Indian capital of New Delhi, District 3010, a few years ago founded a Rotary Blood Bank, they had a goal: No one shall suffer in Delhi for want of blood.  In general, India is facing acute scarcity of safe, quality blood, and  there is a lack of awareness. A local Club President will now add the World Blood Donor Day, June 14, to the club's already busy blood camp calendar to call on the public to volunteer as blood donors. At a blood drive in May at a business school, the students became voluntary blood donors.


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The Manila Rotary Club of Tondo, District 3810, has served more than 1000 patients with free medicines and immunizations during the first half of the Rotary year 2007-08, according to the club's website.   In November 2007, the club added a blood donor drive to its project list.

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To help promote voluntary blood donation, the World Blood Donor Day, June 14, has become a national event in Bangladesh with parades and meetings in the capital of Dhaka and a number of other cities around the country, organized by the government and several organizations, including Rotary International. And more and more Rotary Clubs are getting involved in voluntary blood donor drives. 

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  - What I think we need is to have the DGs of all districts commit to supporting blood donating in their district and to giving us their approval to contact clubs directly so as to get the message across. Otherwise our message is often not getting past the DG of the day, says Ron Wilson, Rotary Club of Swan Valley, District 9470. Rotary Clubs in the three Western Australian districts compete for the Rotary Tri Districts Blood Challenge Trophy.

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- I believe a Rotary blood drive is a way to serve the public well and gain trust and confidence. It is also a good way to promote Rotary awareness and enhance public relations with Rotary clubs, says Terence Lam, Rotary Club of Puchong Centennial, District 3300, Organizer of the National Blood Donation Drive in Malaysia 2006. Photos

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Blood is needed worldwide each day to save the lives of people involved in accidents, or who need operations or transfusions for certain medical conditions.

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Voluntary blood donor organizations have been set up in over 50 countries. These organizations, which are managed by blood donors themselves, play an important role in blood donor recruitment and retention through peer education and promotion.

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Rotary Club of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, District 3350, has adopted the French Rotary blood drive logo and motto My Blood for Others (Mon Sang Pour Les Autres, MSPLA), the name of the national Rotary blood donation campaign that now includes more than 50 towns and cities in France.

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The biggest impact has been the promotion of voluntary blood donation amongst the public as a community responsibility, says Dr. Babu Chacko, chairman of Charitable Trust in charge of the Rotary Blood Bank Kottayam. He is a member of Rotary Club Kottayam that founded the blood bank together with other Rotary Clubs in the city of Kottayam ten years ago. Kottayam is located in the Indian state of Kerala and is part of Rotary District 3211.
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Between the RI convention in Birmingham, England, in June 2009 and the convention in Montreal, Canada, 2010, Rotary Club of Oke-Ona Egba in Abeokuta, District 9110, has established what may become a tradition for Rotary organized blood drives in Ogun State in South-Western Nigeria. Inspired by what he saw and heard at the symposium on voluntary blood donation hosted by Global Network for Blood Donation, A Rotarian Action Group in Birmingham, upon his return Dr. Hassan Adelakun  introduced blood drives as the major project for his term as club president. A year later at the Montreal convention,  this club president, who is a medical doctor, told the GNBD symposium that his club and local Rotaractors - assisted by The National Blood Transfusion Service of Ogun State - had managed to organize three blood drives collecting 294 pints of blood. In popular terms, this amount of donor blood is sufficient to improve or save the lives of about 780 people.
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GNBD's symposium (breakout session) on voluntary blood donation during the Rotary Internationl Convention in Montreal, Canada: Tuesday, 22 June 16:00–18:00 Palais des Congres de Montreal Room 525. 


1) Africa;

2) getting young people involved as voluntary blood donors;

3) how to go from a single club blood drive project to a joint venture among several clubs and districts.  

Please, also visit our exhibition booth number 2004 in the House of Friendship.

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Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas in Rotary District 7020 and clubs in two US Districts, Florida 6980, and Georgia 6900, with the support of a matching grant from The Rotary Foundation have donated a state of the art bloodmobile to the blood banks at the Princess Margaret Hospital and Doctors Hospital in the Bahamas. The Bahamas is located at the north-east of the Caribbean Sea in the Atlantic Ocean, consisting of 29 islands with 330,000 inhabitants.

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Since District 5810, Texas, USA, began organizing blood drives in 2003 as part of the Governors' Challenge Blood Drive, participating clubs have generated 34,852 units of blood -  the tally showed - when the final figures of the blood donation year 2009-10 were calculated by the end of March. Statistically, this amounts to what is needed to improve or save the lives of up to 104,556 people.

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United Nations' World Health Day is an annual event on April 7 to draw attention to "particular priorities in global health." This year, the theme will focus on urbanization and health. In the city of Trivandrum, capital of the Indian state of Kerala, the focus will be on the need for voluntary blood donation. The organizers, including a local Rotary club, hope to collect blood from 300 donors  within just four hours at a Mega Blood Donation camp.  (Updated April 4).


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The Rotary Foundation has established the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund for Rotarians who want to donate toward recovery efforts in Haiti. A one-time $5 donation to the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund can be made by texting ROTARY to 90999. 

(Updated Jan. 26, 2010) 

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Oke-Ona Egba Rotary Club in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, District 9110, Nigeria, has held its first blood drive. During two days in October, Rotarians, Rotaractors and medical staffers secured 133 pints of donor blood. The venue of the blood drive was Moshood Abiola Polythenics (MAPOLY), a Polythenics with more than 10,000 students. - Our ultimate aim is to form a voluntary blood donor association in Ogun State, says Club President Hassan Adelakun, who is a medical doctor at a major hospital in the state capital.

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The first public cord blood bank in India - an off-spring of the Rotary-sponsored Jeevan Blood Bank and Research Centre in Chennai - has been awarded 24,685 US Dollars in Matching Grants for the purchase of "equipment for harvesting stem cells from donated umbilical cord blood." The Jeevan Stem Cell Bank will give Indian children suffering from blood cancer and the blood disease Thalassemia "an equitable opportunity" for a cure, according to the announcement from the Rotary Club of Madras East , District 3230.

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It may well be shrouded in the mists of history, the name of the club which organized the first blood drive within Rotary International. Since the 1990's, however, major blood drives have developed as a challenge between neighbouring clubs, especially in the US, Southern Africa and France. Still more clubs may be joining, individually or at district level or mini-district level, according to the Global Network for Blood donation, a Rotarian Action Group (GNBD). In some countries, Rotarians have founded local blood banks.



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The five Rotary clubs in the City of Plano , District 5810, Texas, USA, brought in 429 units of blood during their annual blood donation event Battle of the Badges, a Rotary sponsored contest between Police and Fire Departments to see which of the two can attract the most blood donors.

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The International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations (FIODS) has invited Rotary International to co-operate in order to promote voluntary blood donation world-wide. Global Network for Blood Donation, a Rotarian Action Group, has used the opportunity to award FIOD's president, Mr. Niels Mikkelsen, a PHF for "reaching out to Rotary".

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Rotary District 5810 - one of the two districts in North Central Texas, USA, with a blood donor drive program as part of the Governors' Challenge Blood Drive - began its new blood donor year, 2009-10, by collecting 466 units of blood during April.  The tally for the district's blood donor year 2008-09 ended at 6095 units of blood, reports the district's Blood Donation Chair, George Elking.

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On 14 June 2009, World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) will again be celebrated throughout the world to create wider awareness of the need for safe blood for transfusion and the importance of blood donation. Global Network for Blood Donation, a Rotarian Action Group supports the World Blood Donor Day and we urge our members, their clubs and districts to participate in this annual event. (updated May 13, 2009)

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Global Network for Blood donation, a Rotarian Action Group, will participate with an exhibition booth and host a breakout session (a symposium) at the Rotary International Convention in Birmingham, England, June 21-24, 2009.  Our annual meeting as an organization will be held in connection with a special strategy meeting. If you need a visa to enter the UK, go to the bottom of the text for more information. (Updated June 18, 2009)

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Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation have had to make important decisions in light of the current financial environment. At the January 2009 Trustees meeting, a decision was made to reduce the 2008-09 Matching Grant budget in order to conserve The Rotary Foundation's World Fund. As of March 2, the Matching Grant budget has been fully committed, and the Trustees are unable to approve any additional grant applications.  As a result of the budget reductions, no new Matching Grant applications will be accepted in the 2008-09 Rotary year.

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The Rotary-supported blood bank in the Indian town of Nipani needs an upgrade, and Nipani Rotary Club, District 3170, is therefore looking for one or more matching grants partners among foreign Rotary clubs. The blood bank is run on a non-profit basis of serving only "the poor and needy", two Rotarian doctors in charge of the facility, Dr. Suhas Shah and Dr. Pankaj Deshamane, tell GNBD. Nipani Rotary Club has 40 members.

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In 2005, in celebration of Rotary International's 100th birthday, Rotary Western Australia committed to fundraising $6 million to establish the Rotary WA Cord Blood Bank as a special gift to the people of Western Australia. Rotary WA is composed of the districts 9450, 9460 and 9470 with 120 clubs and about 3300 members.

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Zanzibar Stone Town Rotary Club, District 9200, has taken up a challenge from the French national Rotary campaign My Blood for Others and is planning its first blood drive - helping to recruit new donors for the Zanzibar Blood Voluntary Donor Association (ZABVODA) and the local blood bank. Already, the French campaign (Mon Sang pour les Autres) has spread to the French speaking part of West Africa.

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In the capital area of the mountainous Chin State - a region in the Western part of Myanmar stretching along the border to India - a motorcycle has become a lifesaver. The vehicle belongs to the Cung Hu Volunteer Blood Donor Foundation, founded in December 2004 by  a man named Cung Hu, who owns a bookstore. Day and night, whenever donor blood is needed, Cung Hu jumps on the motorbike to pick up a voluntary blood donor and rushes to the General Civil Hospital in the region's main city of Hakha.

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The International Fellowship of Cricket Loving Rotarians, IFCR, is one of the largest and most successful of the many Fellowships within Rotary International. It organizes Cricket Festivals around the world every two or three years and in non-festival years, teams visit each other's countries to play cricket. In addition, IFCR has become a forum of fundraising - and a matchmaker for Matching Grant projects within Rotary International. The Rotary - Give Free Blood Bank in the City of Gujranwala, Pakistan, is a result of such a matchmaking of Rotarian cricketers. For some, the project therefore also has become known as the Rotary Cricket Blood Bank.

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"Our role may be small and limited, but there are times when even a small bit can go a long way towards saving a life", Egyptian Rotaractor Sammar Mohamed Saad of Rotaract Club Alexandria Ramleh, District 2450, says. She is the chairperson of the club's international committee and deeply involved in the club's blood donor drives.

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Rotary International's president 2008-09, Dong Kurn Lee, has called on Rotarians to open their eyes to the needs of children in communities near and far. "Children die not because nobody can help them, but because too often, nobody does," he says. Global Network for Blood Donation, a Rotarian Action Group takes up the challenge. Make Dreams Real, 2008-09 theme by RI President  Dong Kurn Lee.

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The Rotary-supported Jeevan Blood Bank in Chennai  has  expanded on the voluntary blood donor concept into the era of the stem cell therapy and has opened the first public not-for-profit cord blood bank in  India. The immediate focus will be to help children suffering from blood cancer and the blood disease thalassemia, according to Dr. P. Srinivasan, co-founder, Chairman and Managing Trustee - and a Rotarian himself.

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The Governor's Challenge Blood Drive in District 5790, North Central Texas, may be heading for a new record this Rotary year. The total number of units of blood collected since the blood donor program started in 1996 could top 60,000. Statistically, the blood drives in Rotary District 5790, USA, have saved or improved the lives of more than 110,000 people.

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Southern Africa District 9300 is re-launching its blood donor program - Governors' Challenge Blood Drive - for the Rotary Year  2008-2009 in collaboration with the South African National Blood Service (SANBC). "We have changed our strategy as the country's hospitals require a steady supply of blood rather than an erratic one," PDG Peter Margolius, the district's blood drive organizer, explains. The Challenge has spread to the district's Interactors, and plans are to invite  districts in several other countries in Southern Africa to join the blood drive challenge.

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Red Cross workers have to travel 260 miles (420 kilometers), round trip, by car to come to the small city of Valentine, Nebraska, USA, when the Valentine Rotary Club has a blood drive every two months. "We are out in the sticks, a long way from anywhere," says William R. "Bob" Stetter, member of Valentine Rotary Club and serving as Governor 2007-08 for District 5630. The Valentine Rotarians began their blood drives in 2003. By May 2008, the club had collected 2,376 units of blood.   During Bob Stetter's DG year, the State Governor of Nebraska has proclaimed Rotary International's birthday, February 23, as Rotary International Day in Nebraska. Nation-wide, the city of Valentine is also known for its post office. (Picture: The DG gives blood).

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For the third year in a row, Slovenian Rotaractor Nina Kolenc is spearheading a blood donor campaign within Rotary's youth organization, focusing on the special Rotaract Week in March, which this year is coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Rotaract. By late February, Rotaractors in at least 18 countries had announced their interest in joining the drive. Click here to view video about Rotaract and blood donation.

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The Vineland Rotary Club, District 7640, New Jersey, USA, has scheduled its third blood drive this year to be held in connection with the World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) in June, according to the club's blood drive organizer, Ron McMahon (photo). 

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District 5810 - one of the two districts in North Central Texas, USA, with a distinct blood donor drive program - the Governors' Challenge Blood Drive  -  has far exceeded its blood donation goal for the Rotary Year 2007-08, the district's Blood Donation Chair, George Elking, concludes in his final report. 

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The launching of the World Blood Donor Day on 14 June 2008 will take place in Dubai and hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates under the direct patronage of His Highness, President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The theme of the global event will be "Giving Blood Regularly" to support national blood donor programmes in building a stable base of voluntary unpaid donors who make a longterm commitment to blood donation.  

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Every 45 minutes someone is diagnosed with leukaemia in Germany. In coorperation with the Institute for Blood Transfusion of the University of Cologne, Rotaract Club of Cologne decided to help out.  A drive was held at the university cafeteria. 260 students voluntered. Report by Maike van Haak, club president 2006-07, who managed the project.


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Throughout August, Rotary Clubs in four northwest Michigan counties, District 6290, will engage in the second annual Rotary Blood Challenge, a competition to see which club can convince the most members, family, and friends to roll up their sleeves and donate blood, Michigan Community Blood Centers report on their website.  

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A voluntary blood donor drive has become an annual event in the life of the six Rotary Clubs in the special Chinese administrative region of Macau - a former Portuguese colony.  The drive is more important than ever. The local blood bank is out for non-Asian blood.

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Veteran of blood donor drives  offers to help other clubs around the world, inspired by an article about Global Network for Blood Donation in the magazine rotarian. The Vineland Rotary Club, District 7640, New Jersey, USA, is into its 11th year of blood drives.

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When dedicated Rotarians meet, actions are taken and things happen to improve or even save peoples' life. Here is a report on how the Indian city of Bhusawal and surrounding villages with a population of over half a million people got its first local blood bank thanks to a local Rotary Club in District 3030, financial help from a Canadian Rotary Club in District 7040, and a matching grant from The Rotary Foundation.

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Madras Central Rotary Club, Chennai, India, is looking for partner(s) to modernize a vital blood bank of which the club is a co-founder.

Click here to see video, aired by Starfish Television Network, about the blood bank.  To run the video, click on VIDEOS, page 2. Click here to see the article "Rotary Blood Banks in India" (from the magazine Rotary News, Oct. 2007).

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The aim of the Global Network for Blood Donation (GNBD) is to develop an international network of Rotarians and others who are involved in supporting volunteer blood donations. Through their association in this Rotarian Action Group they are expected to share their expertise and experience with others engaged in the same type of efforts thus promoting a fellowship of service throughout the world. GNBD will promote voluntary blood donation and support for local community blood centers.
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District 5790, USA, is working with TCU's Schieffer School of Journalism to measure the involvement of Rotary in the global blood donation. Interim data imply that Rotary brings 817,000 units per year to the world's blood supply.

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Rotary International has been chosen by the AABB, a professional society for transfusion and cellular medicine, as the recipient of its Outstanding Organization Award for our role in the world's blood supply.   -  We hope that this will be highlighted at the Rotary Convention in Salt Lake City, says PDG Charles Kurtzman, President of Global Network for Blood Donation, in formation. 

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Valentine Rotary Club,  District 5630, Nebraska, received American Red Cross certificate of recognition  for local blood drives.

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