Tajikistan celebrates World Blood Donor Day

WHO/Tahmina Alimamedova

With local partners, the WHO Country Office, Tajikistan celebrated World Blood Donor Day on 14 June 2011, in order to raise awareness about the need for safe blood and to thank voluntary blood donors for their life-saving gifts.

This year, the local theme for World Blood Donor Day was “Celebrating the gift for life”, focusing on the importance and the special need for people to become life-savers. The date is set aside to express gratitude to the millions of people who save lives and improve the health of others by donating their blood.

One of the events on the day was a live television marathon about voluntary blood donation under the slogan "Donate blood and save a life", which was organized by the Republican Scientific Blood Centre (RSBC). The event was dedicated to raising the importance of unpaid blood donorship in the general population. Interviews with donors, high level ministry officials and celebrities, as well as partners from international agencies, were broadcast on local television channels.

“Young people are the basic platform for the future and play a key role in ensuring society with blood resources all over the world”, said Dr Rahmonov, Deputy Minister of Health of Tajikistan. 

WHO/Europe has provided technical support to the Ministry of Health of Tajikistan and to the RSBC for a long period of time, and has promoted voluntary blood donation as one of the fundamental elements of the sustainability of health care to needy patients. WHO/Europe also plans to support the system of strengthening blood transfusion services in the country. Dr Pavel Ursu, Head, WHO Country Office, Tajikistan noted, “Attracting and retaining donors not only improves long-term security and sufficiency of blood supplies in the country, but also provides a source of healthy lifestyle among the people, solidarity and social responsibility in our society."

In addition, with local partners, the WHO Country Office, Tajikistan organized a special concert in one of the state complexes in Dushanbe city, “Kohi Jomi”. The concert was well-attended and raised public awareness about this important date. The programme began with opening speeches by Dr Rahmonov, Deputy Minister of Health of Tajikistan, Dr Pavel Ursu, Head of WHO Country office, Tajikistan and Mr Rastislav Vrbensky, UNDP Country Director. Later, several certificates and memorable presents were awarded to the honourable voluntary donors.