Today marks the World Blood Donors Day by WHO — World Health Organization!
Blood donation is a mutually beneficial cause, not only does it reduce—allegedly—risks of getting cancer and other cardiovascular diseases like blood clotting. Myanmar is also facing a big shortage of blood; 100 liters if we are talking numbers. Type A, B, and AB are most in need, and it is stated that 1 in 4 of us will eventually need a blood transfusion at some point in our lives; may it be a major loss of blood due to a bad accident or some other rare condition.
It is an understatement that a donation—something that takes no longer than 15 minutes—could possibly change someone’s life—especially as each donation (approx. 450 ml) can be used to perform up to three blood transfusions. According to the World Health Organization, more than 52% of blood transfusions are administered to children under the age of five. Just one reason why Yangon Children’s Hospital is so dependent on everyone’s donations.
Despite the fact Myanmar regularly tops the World Giving Index, blood donation levels are lower than elsewhere in Asia which is leaving thousands of patients in critical conditions without the life-saving treatment they need. Established in 2005, World Blood Donor Day is celebrated on 14th June to raise global awareness about the need for safe blood and regular voluntary blood donation.
The National Blood Centre-Myanmar (NBC) in Yangon facilitates daily blood donations at its office on the corner of Bogyoke Aung San Road and Shwedagon Pagoda Road (No 97) from 8 am until 4 pm and at a mobile donation bus located at the Shwedagon Pagoda from 4 pm till 8 pm. A typical blood donation appointment, as mentioned above, will only take 15 minutes.
So, how can you contribute? Make an appointment: go online to www.donatebloodmyanmar.org, call their hotline 01 372753 or visit their HQ in Yangon. Medical appointments include a check-up performed by a professional and qualified team. Donors will also enjoy a safe and reassuring environment, and a free sugary snack after donating to help them through the day.