The National Voluntary Blood Donors Association organized workshop on 29 April in Asmara under the theme “Institutional Integration for Community Based Blood Donation Activity”.
Indicating that to ensure the availability of blood to patients requires developed understanding of the public, Ms. Aelm Berhe, chairperson of the association, said that the objective of the workshop was to develop community based voluntary blood donation.
Dr. Yohannes Tekeste, director of the National Blood Transfusion Service, on his part said that compared to previous years blood collected in 2021 has increased by 90% and that attests to the increased understanding of the public on the significance of voluntary blood donation in saving lives.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Gebremicael Tesfazghi, head of health promotion at the Ministry of Health, called for integrated effort on the part of all partners to enrich the National Blood Transfusion Service.
The participants conducted extensive discussion on the reports presented and adopted various recommendations.