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Blood donation media campaign kicks off

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The voluntary blood donation media campaign kicked off with a press conference at the Sudan News AgencyFederal Minister of Health, WHO Representative in Sudan, and National Blood Transfusion Services Manager during a press conference on 22 October 201222 October 2012 – A three month-long mass media campaign carrying the theme “Be a Hero, Donate Blood” kicks off today to call upon the public to become a hero by voluntarily giving blood and save the lives of people in need.

The campaign is a result of efforts from the Federal Ministry of Health, World Health Organization (WHO) and recognizable Sudanese public figures to encourage the public through television, radio, billboards/adverts and social media to be part of the noble cause.

Federal Minister of Health Bahar Iddris Abu Garda stated the Ministry’s commitment in providing the necessary support to ensure the safety and availability of blood in Sudan. The Minister appreciated the national blood transfusion service, WHO and public figures who participated in the media campaign.

WHO Representative in Sudan Dr Anshu Banerjee, who is optimistic of the outcome of the campaign, said, “I strongly feel that this campaign will impact our over-all efforts to increase the number of voluntary blood donors in Sudan”. Dr Anshu added that the campaign, financially supported by the Global Fund, encourages more people to donate blood voluntarily and regularly as regular blood donations are needed to ensure that safe blood will be available whenever and wherever it is required.

In Sudan, only 49% of blood collections are from voluntary blood donors. The Federal Ministry of Health works closely with WHO to increase the percentage of voluntary donations to 100% by 2020, and to help the country build a stable base of voluntary unpaid blood-donors who hopefully would make a long-term commitment to blood donation.

“The lack of blood supply is one of the main causes of death of women during child birth, children suffering from anaemia, patients with cancer and victims of various types of accidents such as car accident”, Dr Ahmed Hassan, Director of the National Blood Transfusion Service said. It is only through recognition of the importance of voluntary blood donation that we will get sufficient blood supply, and consequently prevent avoidable deaths in Sudan.

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Total population (000s) 40 783
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 7.2
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 311
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 1.5
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 65.1

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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