GOODWILL MESSAGE TO ALL VOLUNTARY BLOOD DONORS IN GHANA

Today Thursday June 14, 2012 marks World Blood Donor Day, a day unanimously declared by the 58th world health assembly to show commitment and support to voluntary non-remunerated blood donation. In a WHO resolution (WHA 58, 13), it was designated as an annual event to be held each year on June 14 by all member countries.

The objectives are to celebrate and thank all those who voluntarily donate their blood without any reward, create awareness of the importance of voluntary non-remunerated blood donation, and encourage more people to become regular blood donors.

In celebrating the day, we congratulate all our stakeholders especially our Regular Voluntary Blood Donors, Voluntary Blood Donor Organizers, Allies, including the Media (Print and Electronic), Religious and Educational Institutions, Organized Community Groups, Workplaces, NGO’s such as Rotary Club of Accra and Ridge, Freemasons, Lions Club, U.N. Agencies such as WHO, USAID, UNAIDS, Ministry of Health, Health Education Unit of the GHS, Information Services Department, Cell Phone Operators particularly MTN and Vodafone, Ghana AIDS Commission, National AIDS Control Programme, and indeed all those who support the National Blood Transfusion Service in ensuring sustainable supply of safe blood and blood products for patients needing blood transfusion throughout the country.

The Global theme for this year’s event is “Every Blood Donor Is a Hero”.

World Blood Donor Day 2012 focuses on the idea that every one of us can become a hero by giving blood. The everyday hero responds to an immediate need, whatever the conditions, despite inconvenience, putting the needs of others above their own. Voluntary blood donors come from all walks of life, all regions, backgrounds, religions and ages. By choosing to donate blood without getting paid, these individuals commit an “heroic” act, a gesture of human solidarity with the power to save lives. Some of them do so dozens of times over several decades.

While recognizing the silent and unsung heroes who save lives every day through their blood donations, the theme also strongly encourages more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly.

As we salute your contributions to sustainable blood supply it is sad to note that Ghana’s name is not among the 57 WHO member countries that have achieved 100% voluntary non-remunerated blood donation. This is what we should try to change within the very near future.

A GIFT OF BLOOD IS A GIFT OF LIFE

It is our humble appeal to all Heads of Educational Institutions and religious Organizations to promote the formation of Pledge/ club 25 in their various institutions.

The same appeal goes to the media, to help develop media campaigns directed towards young audiences and other Youth-Oriented activities to help bring in “More Blood to Save More Lives”.

Our appeal also goes to all healthy individuals to become regular voluntary blood donors and that the youth will wholeheartedly embrace voluntary non-remunerated blood donation to bring in “More Blood to Save More Lives”.

We wish all Ghanaians a Happy World Blood Donor Day and to our Regular Non-Remunerated Blood Donors, we “Celebrate You”.

Thank you

BY THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH, NATIONAL BLOOD COMMITTEE, MANAGEMENT AND STAFF OF THE NATIONAL BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE

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