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MoH and WHO call for more voluntary blood donations to save lives

MoH and WHO call for more voluntary blood donations to save lives

Photo Tatoli/Filomeno Martins

DILI, 31 july 2023 (TATOLI) – The Ministry of Health (MoH), and the World Health Organization (WHO) marked World Blood Donor Day, to raise awareness about the need for the availability and appropriate use of safe blood. 

To meet the growing need for blood and blood products, MoH and WHO have called for more people to come forward to donate blood voluntarily and regularly. 

“We need to make blood donation a routine activity because we need more blood donations to save lives,” said Flávio Brandão, Deputy Minister of Hospital Operations, during the Walk The Talk for the celebration of World Blood Donor Day, in Dili.

He said it is important to ensure enough blood is available at the National Blood Bank: “I call on potential blood donors in the country to give blood to save others.”

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At the same place, WHO Representative in Timor-Leste, Arvind Mathur, thanked all those who are always there to give blood: “A single unit of donated blood can save up to three lives.” 

The slogan for the 2023 World Blood Donor Day campaign, celebrated on 14 June 2023, is “Give blood, give plasma, share life, share often.” It focuses on patients requiring life-long transfusion support and underlines the role every single person can play, by giving the valuable gift of blood or plasma.

“It is important to give the message of how important health is and how important it is to have blood availability in the country,” Mathur said.

Nelson Victor Talise, one of the regular blood donors, said he has donated blood more than 30 times to support the fight against maternal, newborn, and child mortality.

“I always answered phone calls from the National Blood Bank to give blood to someone who desperately needed it. I would encourage other people to give blood because it’s good for our health too,” said Talise.

Talise received a special award from WHO and MoH for donating blood more than 30 times: “My intention in giving blood is to support mothers and children who urgently need blood.”

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Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges

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