WHO contributes to health security in Tajikistan through voluntary blood donation

WHO/Tahmina Alimamedova

Volunteer during blood donation drive at the UN House in Tajikistan

Blood donation is key to saving lives and improving the health of people in need. In response to an increasing need for blood donations in Tajikistan, the WHO Country Office organized a voluntary blood donation event in the United Nations (UN) House in Dushanbe on 17 January 2013. WHO staff and other UN colleagues were invited to participate, and 24 people donated blood.

The Head of the WHO Country Office in Tajikistan, Dr Pavel Ursu, said: “It was encouraging to see so much active participation among our colleagues.  Every donation is a step towards long-term security and sufficiency of blood supplies in the country.”

This event took place with the participation of mobile units from the Republican Blood Centre. 

Blood Donor Day

The WHO Country Office in Tajikistan works closely with the Ministry of Health and other partners to promote the safety and availability of blood supplies in the Tajikistan. Among these efforts, activities are organized each year around 14 June in celebration of World Blood Donor Day. Public awareness events educate the general public about the importance of blood donation and thereby motivate people to become blood donors themselves. Activities in 2012 focused on thanking voluntary blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.