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"Access to safe blood and blood products is a key component of an effective health system and a significant building block for the successful achievement of health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)". The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) is therefore urgently calling on South Africans to donate blood.

Blood donations make a "massive difference" - they save lives, enhance the quality of life and give sustainability of life - all of which Kay said she's received.

He commended and thanked all blood donors for their life-saving acts.

Dr Renwick said hospitals in his area have had to go interstate for blood supplies and even overseas for the rare types.

According to World Health Organization estimates, blood donation by 1 percent of the population is the minimum needed to meet a country's basic blood requirements. Blood donation is one of the most significant contributions by the human being. This is achieved through 541 permanent mobile blood collection sites and five regional distribution centres serving 66 transfusing health facilities. According to the statistics, it has been noted that only 62 countries are getting sufficient blood supplies from the voluntary and unpaid blood donors whereas 40 countries are still dependent for the blood donations on the patient's family member or paid donors. The fact that the annual requirement is 12 million and we are short of 2 million blood units reflects the true status of blood donation in our country. The feature allows people to sign up as blood donors and to locate their nearest blood donation centres.

Christopher Erhabo, an official of IHVN, assured that there was no pain in donating blood. Sale and purchase of blood is prohibited and the government wants a situation of "100% voluntary non-remunerated blood donation" without coercion. Find out if there's a blood donation camp happening close to where you live.

There is an urgent need to create awareness amongst the youth of today to start donating blood. "You can just match blood group A with blood group A, but when you get some of these unusual ones, they are more likely to have reactions to blood that is different to theirs".

According to the stats, just 64,672 of 20-24-year-olds gave blood, compared to 177,765 of 25-34s and nearly a quarter of a million of those aged 55 plus. Many societies and bodies, both at the national level as well as the state level invest in campaigns and communication initiatives from time to time, in order to motivate people to donate blood.

Donors such as Eyad Mousa, who donated blood around 40 times, were among those awarded during the ceremony. During the giving of blood as it is painless and will take about an hour only.

"We serve about 80 hospitals here in IN", says Brodt.

In recognition of these efforts, the RVC gave Bertie the "Canine Donor of the Year" award on Friday, to coincide with World Blood Donor Day.

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