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Nine million units of blood donated over ten years
  • | Nhan Dan | April 28, 2018 10:04 AM
More than nine million units of blood have been donated over the past 10 years through blood donation campaigns across the country, essentially meeting the blood demand for medical treatment.

Vietnam collected more than 9.2 million units of blood from 2008 to 2017. (Illustrative image).


The information was announced at a conference held by the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation Campaigns in Hanoi, on April 27, to review the results of blood donations over the past 10 years and set plans for the next five years.

Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, Head of the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation Campaigns said that voluntary blood donation movements have continuously expanded and reaped positive results with the increasing numbers of donated units of blood.

From 2008 to 2017, Vietnam collected more than 9.2 million units of blood, helping to save the lives of millions of patients. The rate of voluntary blood donations increased from 71.6% in 2008 to 98% in 2017 and the rate of blood donors went up from 0.61% in 2008 to nearly 1.6% of the population in 2017.

The National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation Campaigns has held more than 447,200 campaigns to mobilise people to donate blood. Vietnam has also witnessed the establishment of more than 3,300 blood donation clubs with the participation of 135,000 members.

The Health Minister said that Vietnam has set a target of having at least 2% of its population donate blood by 2020.

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