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TODAY IS JUNE 14TH IS WORLD BLOOD DONORS DAY – CELEBRATE SIDHAS SUPPORT FOR EMERGENCY BLOOD SERVICES IN NIGERIA

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Every 14th June is marked as World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) usually works with National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) and its networks across the country to celebrate by organizing community blood drives and other activities, with CBOs, schools and related groups. The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

This year’s campaign focuses on ‘’blood donation in emergencies’’. Blood is an important resource, both for planned treatments and urgent interventions. 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. Blood is also vital for treating the wounded during emergencies of all kinds (natural disasters, accidents, armed conflicts, etc.) and has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and perinatal care.

Emergencies increase the demand for blood transfusion and make its delivery challenging and complex. Blood transfusion is an essential component of emergency health care. The natural human response is “What can I do? How can I help?” therefore, the slogan for the 2017 campaign is: “What can you do?”, with the secondary message “Give blood. Give now. Give often”.

FHI 360, through USAID funding, is a well acknowledged blood donor partner, from the early days of GHAIN till SIDHAS today. SIDHAS has supported the NBTS through the years to ensure safe blood is available when needed.

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