|The annual donation campaign, this year titled the Nguyen Du Street Blood Donation Festival, was launched on Tuesday to support the summer 2015 campaign Nhung Giot Mau Hong (Red Drops of Blood). — Photo afamily
HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam Red Cross Society and the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion have launched a blood drive to mark the 152nd World Red Cross Day.
The annual donation campaign, this year titled the Nguyen Du Street Blood Donation Festival, was launched on Tuesday to support the summer 2015 campaign Nhung Giot Mau Hong (Red Drops of Blood).
Hundreds of Hanoians in Hai Ba Trung District's Nguyen Du Ward have joined the humanitarian event so far.
Early this month a blood donation campaign titled Hanh Trinh Do (Red Journey) was held for the third time in Da Lat.
Previously held in July 2013 and 2014, Red Journey collected more than 28,300 units of blood.
More than 1.15 million low-income people in rural areas received free medication and 90,000 received health advice.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health is working on the draft law on blood and stem cell donation, which it will submit to the National Assembly in 2016.
In 2014 more than 1.05 million units of blood were collected during the drive, 8.4 per cent higher than the amount recorded in 2013.
The donations were used to treat a large number of patients in need of blood.
According to the World Health Organisation, Viet Nam needs about 1.8 million units of blood per year. — VNS