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Over 21.3 million units of blood donated in past three decades

Friday, 14/06/2024 | 16:50:00 [GMT +7] A  A

Thirty years after the blood donation movement was officially launched (January 24, 1994 - January 24, 2024), Vietnam has mobilised and received over 21.3 million units of blood, with the number of volunteer donors hitting 99%, according to the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion.

People donate their blood (Photo: VNA)

The number of blood units received increased from 138,000 in 1994 to 1.55 million in 2023, a 11-fold rise.

Minister of Health Dao Hong Lan, who is head of the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation, affirmed that the 30-year journey of the humanitarian movement is full of love among the people. Many lives have been saved when receiving the donation.

From June 13-15, the committee is organising a programme to honour outstanding donors nationwide. The programme has been held annually since 2008 on the occasion of the World Blood Donor Day (June 14).

Over the past 16 years, 1,600 delegates from all over the country, from all professions, ethnicities, and ages have been selected to be honoured.

They are expected to become nuclei of the movement, inspiring and spreading the spirit of sharing and love to have more and more voluntary blood donors.

Source: VNA