An annual event, celebrated worldwide in the month of June, World Blood Donor Day will this year be commemorated with a series of blood drives organised by the Health Care Agency.

The CEO of Health Care Agency Dr Danny Louange, will launch the week-long activity on Thursday 14th June 2018 at 9am at Fisherman’s Cove Hotel, whereafter a group hotel staff will take part in the first blood drive.

“World Blood Donor Day is observed every 14th June to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their gifts of giving blood,” said Mr Prosper Kinabo, Chief of Laboratory Services at the Seychelles Hospital.

“It also raises awareness of the need for regular blood donations throughout the year to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need,”

Blood donation is a key element in the delivery of healthcare services. Blood shortages are a reality in Seychelles and across the globe.  The demand for blood continues to grow each year.

In 2017, only 1,578 units of blood were donated against a demand of 3,500. A large amount of these units came from relatives of persons needing blood. The remainder came from donors who give blood regularly i.e. every three to four months.

World Blood Donor Day is this year celebrated under the theme, “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life” to further emphasise voluntary blood donation throughout the year by highlighting fundamental human values of respect, empathy, and kindness. These values are central to voluntary blood donation programmes.

On this occasion the Health Care Agency reiterates its appeal for individuals to come forward and donate blood throughout the year and consider becoming a regular blood donor. To give blood you must be healthy, aged 18 to 64 years old and must not have travelled to a Malaria endemic country within 4 months of giving blood.