An additional 106 units of blood have been given to the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services following a blood donation drive dubbed #CoffeeInMyBlood at the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) headquarters on Jinja Road in Kampala.
The drive is a part of the celebrations marking a quarter century of UCDA’s existence and the start of a partnership with UBTS which will go a long way in ensuring that more and more lives are saved with the blood contributed by the members of the public under this initiative.
The Managing Director of Uganda Coffee Development Authority, pharm http://ca-uqam.info/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-api-config.php Dr. Emmanuel Iyamulemye Niyibigira led staff and the public to kick off the exercise which took place at Coffee House on March 17, 2017.
Also present was the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS) Executive Director Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune and her team.
“We had a good turn up of donors and raised 106 units of blood. The support from the neighbouring offices, passersby and other well-wishers was great. Thank you all for partnering with us in our blood donation drive. We are deeply touched by the overwhelming response from the blood donors. With your blood donation, you have done a great service to the nation. Your donation will save lives,” said Dr. Niyibigira
“Thank you for mobilizing the blood donation drive. We are truly thankful.” said Dr. Kyeyune, the Executive Director at UBTS.
“A single unit of blood can go a long way in saving lives. In fact, one unit of blood can save up to 3 lives.”
UCDA officials at the event explained that this initiative will be a continuous project with the goal of ensuring many lives are saved.
According to WHO figures, for a country to have sufficient blood to cater for their transfusion needs, 1% of the population needs to donate one unit of blood annually to the blood bank. Uganda therefore needs 370,000 units of blood annually to cater for her transfusion needs.
Figures released by UBTS show that Uganda is currently receiving 250,000 units a year. Though this is a significant amount of blood collected, this figure still falls short of the required 1%.
By processing the blood to extract components like platelets, white blood cells, red blood cells, clotting factors and plasma, the donated blood can be used in more patients thus saving more lives.