Red Journey comes to Thanh Hoa (Source: NIHBT)

Thanh Hoa (VNA) - The central province of Thanh Hoa received nearly 1,500 units of blood from 3,000 donors on July 27-28 during an activity as part of the Red Journey, a transnational campaign to raise awareness of blood donation.

During the event, numerous activities were organised, including art performances, leaflet distribution and training courses to raise public awareness of the significance of blood donation to save lives.

The Red Journey 2016 blood donation campaign was officially kicked off in Hanoi on July 11 by the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT).

The institute expects to collect 50,000 units of donated blood during the month-long campaign, including 20,000 units in 27 provinces and cities.

Since its inception in 2013, the Red Journey has collected nearly 57,000 blood units, saving the lives of thousands of patients, said the NIHBT.

Last year, the health sector collected more than 1.1 million units of blood. It targets 1.2 million units of blood from voluntary donors in 2016.-VNA