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World Blood Donor Day Regional Celebrations

Bermuda and Jamaica are set to headline the Pan American Well being Group/World Well being Group [PAHO/WHO] regional celebrations for World Blood Donor Day.

A spokesperson mentioned, “The occasion will likely be livestreamed on PAHO social media pages on Monday, June 14 beginning at 11:00AM.

“World Blood Donor Day is well known yearly to boost international consciousness of the necessity for protected blood and blood merchandise for transfusion whereas emphasizing the optimistic affect of voluntary blood donors on nationwide well being programs. The 2021 theme, ‘Give blood and preserve the world beating’ highlights the contribution that blood donors make to protecting the world pulsating by saving lives.”

Dr. Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, PAHO/WHO Consultant in Bermuda, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, mentioned, “This World Blood Donor Day, we are going to place particular emphasis on the contribution of younger folks to making sure a protected blood provide.

“Each Bermuda and Jamaica possess a powerful youth inhabitants and we commend Honorable Kim Wilson, Minister of Well being of Bermuda and Dr. the Honorable Christopher Tufton, Minister of Well being and Wellness of Jamaica for championing voluntary blood donation on the nationwide and regional stage.

“Information collected by PAHO/WHO suggests that folks beneath 24 years previous in Latin America and the Caribbean characterised a excessive proportion of blood donors in 2016 and 2017, representing 37.5% and 30.6% respectively. More and more, younger folks and youth organizations have been on the forefront of initiatives, such because the group of native blood drives, aimed toward rising nationwide reserves of protected blood provides.

“As nations grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic, we have now seen a discount in blood donations. Nonetheless, the necessity for protected blood stays as our well being programs take care of medical emergencies, help surgical procedures and supply specialised care to the weak amongst us. Our greatest possibility for continued blood donations lies in encouraging our youth to embrace blood donation as a lifelong path.”

The spokesperson mentioned, “Viewers within the regional celebrations can watch on the PAHO Caribbean Fb and PAHO TV on YouTube.”

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