World Blood Donors Day 2014 Print
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Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00

Belmopan. June 11th, 2014. Every year, on June 14, Belize joins the global community in celebrating World Blood Donor’s day by honoring its voluntary blood donors. The event raises awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. This year, the theme is “Safe Blood for Saving Mothers”.

This theme is relevant for Belize since pregnancy and childbirth services have received much priority by the Ministry of Health. Severe bleeding during delivery and after childbirth is a major cause of mortality, morbidity and long-term disability. The goal of the global campaign is to increase awareness about why timely access to safe blood and blood products is essential as part of a comprehensive approach to prevent maternal deaths.

On June 10, 2014, Chief Executive Officers and Senior Managers of the private sector voluntarily donated blood in support of the theme. They also expressed that it is an example to their staff and reflected on the importance of being a voluntary blood donor. The Ministry of Health and the Belize Voluntary Blood Donors Association encourage young adults to visit or call the National Blood Bank in Belize City, telephone: 224- 5010, and become Voluntary Blood Donors. It is gratifying to know that the blood you donate will save lives.

 On June 14th, the Voluntary Blood Donors of Belize will be acknowledged for their constant effort in contributing to have a safe stock of blood allowing the Blood Bank to respond to the demand, not only for pregnant women, but for all emergency and non-emergency cases.