Health Systems and Services Development
An awards ceremony in honor of World Blood Donors Day was held at the PAHO/WHO Guyana country office on 14 June 2012. Dr. Beverley Barnett,PAHO/WHO Country Representative, in her remarks stated that in Guyana, data from 2009 indicated that blood availability increased from 56.56 units per 10,000 inhabitants in 2003 to 98.44 units per 10,000 inhabitants; however, this is still considered low. Country-wide figures on blood availability obscure the variations in-country for access to blood for transfusions and it is known from media and other reports that sometimes, this life-saving commodity is not available in time of immediate need, resulting in patients having to be transferred to higher level facilities such as the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
She further said, it was evident that more efficient blood collection systems will result in immediate increases in blood availability. Efficient and effective collection and distribution of blood for transfusion can only be done after a precise estimate of the requirement for blood is estimated in each hospital or health care facility, and to ensure the availability of adequate blood for transfusion for pregnant women.
In closing, Dr. Barnett gave the assurance that, PAHO/WHO in Guyana will continue to work with the Ministry of Health and the National Blood Transfusion Services (NBTS) to provide training in the determination of the annual requirements of blood that should be available for transfusion to pregnant women, thus reducing maternal mortality. Training was completed in November 2011 for national and regional health personnel on estimating the need for blood and blood components at public and private hospitals, and a follow-up training will be done in August 2012. The Organization also supported the printed of materials to raise awareness of blood donation in Guyana.
Mr. Ron Robinson and Mr. Leo Sawh, who donated 110 units and 100 units of blood respectively, were honored at the awards ceremony for their invaluable and selfless contributions of blood donated to the National Blood Bank.
On 14 June 2012, World Blood Donor Day will be marked with events around the world to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank all voluntary unpaid donors for their life-saving gift of blood.
Every Blood Donor is a Hero
Everyday heroes respond to an immediate need for blood for transfusion, whatever the conditions, even when it may be inconvenient, putting the needs of others above their own. Voluntary blood donors come from all walks of life, all regions, backgrounds, religions and ages. By choosing to donate blood of their own free will, without any payment, these individuals perform a “heroic” act, a gesture of human solidarity with the power to save lives. Some of them do so many times over several decades.
Working together for World Blood Donor Day
We also recommend that you join the WHO World Blood Donor Day Global Network, a virtual space for sharing materials and information related to voluntary blood donation. We look forward to expanding this network in 2012 and beyond.
We look forward to your participation in celebrating World Blood Donor Day 2012.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 14:26|