Red Cross Missing Types Campaign Encourages Donations

Health care organisations like WHO, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organisations (IFBDO) and the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT), work jointly to organise international level programs to promote people globally. 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.

"So if blood types A, B, and O were not on the shelves, that means patients in hospital wouldn't have the products needed to save their lives", Kevin C ffey, Regi n a l Chief Development fficer, meric n Red Cr ss E stern NY Ch pter, said.

More than one-third (35 percent) of the public has never considered that blood may not be available when they or a loved one need it.* Blood shortages are not uncommon in the United States and can only be prevented when more people roll up a sleeve to give. It's not just blood: it's keeping families together. "More blood donors are needed now to fill those gaps". All South Africans can join in by temporarily deleting the As, Bs and Os from their social media handles. Donors also receive helpful notifications to let them know when their local mobile blood drive has been confirmed in their area.

Educate others in your family, community, and organization about blood donations, and encourage them to donate themselves and/or host a blood drive. This is not just a Red Cross trend, but a challenge blood collection organizations face across the country and around the world.

Canadian Blood Services officials note the need for blood remains constant, especially through the summer months, as road traffic and accidents often increase.

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High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

To thank those who come to CBSI Donor Centers to give blood during the "100 Days of Summer", Community Blood Services will provide all presenting donors with a voucher that can be redeemed for a $5 Amazon or Subway gift card (June 4 - September 16 at Donor Centers; July 2 - August 12 on mobile blood drives).

Vanessa Coleman

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