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WHO continues life-saving support to Yemen’s blood transfusion centres

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On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day 2018, WHO reaffirms the need of having an adequate blood supply to meet the needs of patientsOn the occasion of World Blood Donor Day 2018, WHO reaffirms the need of having an adequate blood supply to meet the needs of patients14 June 2018 – It has been over 3 years since Yemen was hit by one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. The crisis has worsened an already the appalling health situation. Conditions in the blood transfusion centres across the country are no different, further aggravated by the ongoing conflict and facing the threat of closure due to shortages in essential blood bags and reagents.

Blood transfusion centres save thousands of lives every year, serving patients suffering from life-threatening diseases, burns and surgeries, who are in desperate need of blood transfusions. Support to these centres is critical. 

WHO is working hard to prevent the closure of these centres, scaling up support for the supply of safe blood products in Yemen. In 2017–2018, WHO provided over 130 000 blood bags and various types of laboratory reagents to the national blood transfusion centre, maintained the provision of services in Sana’a, and helped in re-opening the other branches in Ibb, Hudydah and Aden. 

“Closure of blood transfusion centres can be prevented and it is one of our priorities in Yemen to ensure they remain functional and can continue to save lives during this critical time,” said Dr Nevio Zagaria, WHO Representative to Yemen. 

Yemen celebrates World Blood Donor Day

On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day 2018, WHO reaffirms the need to have an adequate blood supply to meet the needs of patients, which can only be ensured through regular blood donations, as well as the provision of laboratory reagents that ensure quality and safety of blood transfusions free of viruses. 

World Blood Donor Day has been celebrated annually on 14 June since 2004, with the aim of thanking voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gift of blood and to raise wider awareness that blood donation is an altruistic action that benefits all of society.

Ahmed Al Faqih one of the blood donors expresses that he has nothing to provide patients but his bloodAhmed Al Faqih one of the blood donors expresses that he has nothing to provide patients but his blood“The conflict has trapped us in the endless cycle of poverty and disease, I have nothing to give to poor patients, I only have my blood to donate, and that’s all I can give,” said Ahmed Al Faqih, one of the blood donors.

According to the National Blood Transfusion Centre, there is an increase in the number of people donating blood, with an average of over 20 000 people coming to the centre during 2017 and the first quarter of 2018. The centres have expanded their services to patients suffering from diseases such as cancer, thalassemia and sickle cell disease, and to patients requiring dialysis. WHO, together with its strategic partner the World Bank, is committed to supporting the provision blood bags, consumables and reagents sufficient to ensure continued supply of safe blood in Yemen until mid-2019. 

Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 25 235
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 3.9
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 1.5
Life expectancy 65.7

Source: Country statistical profiles 2017

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