Friday, June 20, 2014

Mongolia marks World Blood Donor Day

Mongolia marked the World Blood Donor Day on Saturday, June 14, under the motto, “Safe blood for saving mothers”.

On the occasion of the day, the National Blood Transfusion and Research Center launched a one-month campaign, “Let’s Save Lives” jointly with the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Mongolia.

Officials of the organizations held an open event at Freedom Square, next to Tengis Cinema, where they raised awareness on the use of blood in the Mongolian health sector and how donated blood is used for saving the lives of many.

A nation’s blood reserve is considered adequate to meet demands when three percent of its total population is regularly donating blood, according to a study by the World Health Organization. The percentage of people who donate blood in Mongolia is substantially lower than international standards, at 0.8 percent, meaning that 24,000 people are regularly donating blood. At least 90,000 people have to regularly donate blood in order for Mongolia’s blood reserve to reach sufficient levels.

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