National Blood Donors Month

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National Blood Donors Month is an annual celebration held every July to build public awareness of the need for quality and safe blood, honor and recognize blood donors, and encourage regular blood donation. The said event is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1021 dated 9 July 1997 and the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the National Blood Service Act of 1994.

The event also aims to raise awareness the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems.

July, which signals the rainy season, is the perfect time of the year to celebrate the event since it is the time when shortages due to various outbreaks are experienced. The event is also an opportunity to celebrate and appreciate blood donors in response to the increase in demand for voluntary non-remunerated blood and plasma donations. In 2010, 57 countries have achieved 100 per cent voluntary blood donation.

The screening process and the benefits a donor and recipient would get from the noble cause are to discussed in the event. Blood donors are honored as heroes. The event also featured a walk for life, human blood formation and “hataw exercises”.



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