Every second of every day, people around the world – of all ages and from all walks of life –need blood transfusions to survive. Over a million blood units are collected from donors every year; nevertheless, many more millions still need to be collected to meet the global demand and ensure sufficient and timely provision of blood.
Regular blood donation by a sufficient number of healthy people is needed to ensure that safe blood will be available whenever and wherever it is needed. Hence, blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person- the gift of life. A decision to donate blood can save a life or even several person. In every donation, a unit of blood (350 ml) is collected from the donors and this unit can be used to save lives of 3 people.
According to WHO about “112.5 million blood donations collected globally, approximately half of these are collected in high-income countries, home to 19% of the world’s population. In low-income countries, up to 65% of blood transfusions are given to children under 5 years of age; whereas in high-income countries, the most frequently transfused patient group is over 65 years of age, accounting for up to 76% of all transfusions”.
The current national estimate of the annual blood collection in Pakistan is about 3.5 million Units from an estimated 1830 blood banks. Out of which 93% of the blood is collected from male donors and 7% from female donors showing a very low percentage.
Seeking pleasure of Almighty Allah by facilitating safe blood transfusion to save human lives
- Expansion of voluntary non-remunerated blood donation from 10-12% to 100% to meet 2020 goals of WHO.
- Equity-including the excluding, trying to reach out the unreached both in terms of donors and recipients regardless of gender, cast, religion or region.
- Excellence-ensuring safety and quality of blood and blood product.
- Educating the masses to foster the culture of voluntary blood donation.
- Establishment of database of both voluntary non-remunerated and recipient.
- Emergency Preparedness to cater the need of blood in unforeseen emergency