Vietnam hosts World Blood Donor Day for first time

Monday, 2017-06-12 14:32:39
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The press brief to introduce the World Blood Donor Day hosted by Vietnam for the first time. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO/VNA – Vietnam will host the World Blood Donor Day for the first time, with the participation of both international and domestic delegates, said Le Gia Tien, chief of the secretariat of the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation Campaign in Hanoi on June 12.

As many as 100 outstanding blood donors will be honoured during a ceremony to be broadcast live in three places in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City on June 14.

The programme with the message “Give blood. Give now. Give often.” aims to call on the community to give blood frequently and to be willing to give blood in case of emergency.

A series of activities are being held, in Hanoi, to mark the occasion, including a cycling programme and a blood donation week campaign themed “Kind-hearted summer”, with the participation of volunteers from Iran, representatives from the EU delegation to Vietnam, and over 500 local volunteers.

An international workshop on blood donation will also be held for participants to exchange experiences and promote cooperation in blood donation.

Initiated in 2004, World Blood Donor Day is an occasion to remember Austrian-American Karl Lansteiner, who discovered the different blood groups and made blood transfusions possible.

Vietnam has observed the event annually since 2008.