Maritza Romero' Testimony
Maritza Romero, Family and community Health coordinator in PAHO Nicaragua, she is known by being cheerful and energetic. She tells us that approximately 11 years ago, she became a blood donor due to the circumstances when she was at PWR El Salvador. Dr. Romero decided to take the challenge, setting a goal of becoming a donor and promoter, trying, if possible to be able to carry out this laudable job often. Based on these arguments, she did her blood donation, and also encouraged her daughter to come with her to keep her company and to do the first blood donation together. "The seed had grown," because since that day, her daughter has continued to donate in order to help and support saving lives.
On the other hand, when she was relocated in Nicaragua, she was surprised by the fact that the country had achieved 100% in voluntary donations and taking advantage of this potential, she started promoting blood donation internally, being the first time that a PWR would start this initiative. She highlights that during this activity, something she loved was how her coworkers who could not donate blood, extended the invitation to their acquaintances, who responded positively.
Today, she has the duty of spreading the message of the importance of donating blood and she hopes to keep supporting and promoting this campaign to the best of her abilities. She thinks that if countries looked for a way to promote donation even more, it would be a channel to build a culture among young and adolescents, who are "agents" of change for the present and future.