|The 35-day campaign for blood donation across Viet Nam will be held in 23 cities and provinces nationwide, with the aim of attracting 20,000 donors and receiving at least 17,000 blood units. — Photo vnexpress
LAM DONG (VNS) — A blood donation campaign entitled Hanh Trinh Do (Red Journey) has been launched for the third time in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong's Da Lat City.
The 35-day campaign for blood donation across Viet Nam will be held in 23 cities and provinces nationwide, with the aim of attracting 20,000 donors and receiving at least 17,000 blood units.
Two groups of 140 volunteers will launch charitable and educational campaigns in localities, about blood donation and public healthcare issues.
On the occasion, the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation and the Central Committee of the Viet Nam Red Cross Society launched training courses for information volunteers in the campaign.
Previously held in July 2013 and 2014, the Red Journey has collected more than 28,300 units of blood.
This year's event is being jointly organised by the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation and the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion.
Blood donation and humanitarian medical examination and treatment campaigns last year achieved significant results and benefitted a substantial number of people, campaigners said.
More than one million blood units were donated last year, equivalent to only 1.17 per cent of the population giving blood, but meeting 58 per cent of the demand. More than 96 per cent of the units were donated outside of emergency scenarios.
There has been an increase in communication activities and donation events, such as the Red Spring Festival after the Lunar New Year holiday and the Red Journey in summer, helping minimise the blood shortages that are frequently experienced during these periods.
Meanwhile, nearly 2,600 check-ups were organised during the medical examination and treatment campaign, which took place from September 1, 2014 to February 15 this year.
More than 1.15 million low-income people in rural areas received free medications and 90,000 received health advice. About 272,000 gifts were presented to the underprivileged during this time.
Meanwhile, the health ministry needs to quickly complete the draft law on blood and stem cell donation, which will be submitted to the National Assembly in 2016. — VNS