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Give the gift of life: donate blood (Hibee nolol: bixi dhiig)

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World Blood Donor DayWorld Blood Donor Day serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.Blood Transfusion Services are a vital component of any health care delivery system. An integrated strategy for blood safety is required for the elimination of transmitted infections by transfusion and for the provision of safe and adequate blood to patients in need.

Somalia faces a number of challenges to ensure a safe blood supply and safe blood transfusion. WHO has assisted the health authorities in Somalia to establish blood banks and blood transfusion units at several hospitals in the country also linked to laboratory services. There are four functional regional blood banks and 26 blood transfusion units. The expansion of blood banks in the country meant that over 25 000 blood donations were registered in 2012.

There is still a need to improve the blood transfusion services to WHO recommended standards. To strengthen the blood transfusion system in Somalia, WHO has in addition developed standard operating procedures (SOPs) for blood safety, trained blood safety staff on essential procedures in blood transfusion services and, provided technical support in the rehabilitation of blood transfusion units.

World Blood Donor Day, celebrated on 14 June every year, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. Under the slogan "Give the gift of life: donate blood", this year’s campaign, the tenth anniversary of World Blood Donor Day, will focus on the value of donated blood to the patient, not only in saving life, but also in helping people live longer and more productive lives.

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)12 316
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 732
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 55.4

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

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