World Blood Donor Day celebrated in Tajikistan: "Each blood donor is a hero"!

WHO/Tahmina Alimamedova

Blood donors in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

In recognition of World Blood Donor Day on 14 June 2012, more than 400 people have voluntarily donated their blood in the Republican Blood Donor Centre in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Donations have so far come mostly from health care workers, but the campaign will continue through 21 June, encouraging everyone to donate blood to help others and save lives. 

Focusing on this year's theme "Each blood donor is a hero", the Government and Ministry of Health of Tajikistan are working together with WHO, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and many other international organizations, including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations and the International Society of Blood Transfusion, to promote voluntary blood donation in the community. The Republican Blood Centre has two mobile units and special vehicles to transport the blood and conduct necessary research in the various regions of the country. 

Long-term community involvement

The World Blood Donor Day campaign last year reportedly resulted in donations from more than 20 000 people in Dushanbe and 37 000 people across the country. Active donors participating in this year's event expressed their commitment to blood donation and shared their experiences in donating blood over the past 32 years.