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Ba Ria-Vung Tau (VNA) – The southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau received nearly 1,000 units of blood from 1,200 donors on July 11-12 during an activity under The Red Journey, a transnational campaign to raise awareness about donating blood.

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

The organisation expects to collect 50,000 units of donated blood during the month-long campaign, including 20,000 units in 27 provinces and cities, which will be visited by the volunteer group.

The Red Journey is an important milestone in the development of the country’s voluntarily blood donation movement, contributing to reaching the goal that all of its blood will be donated by voluntary donors by 2020, said NIHBT Director Nguyen Anh Tri.

Since the first Red Journey in 2013, thousands of patients’ lives have been saved due to the nearly 57,000 blood units collected during the past three years, said the director.

Last year, the health sector collected more than 1.1 million units of blood.

The sector has set a target to collect 1.2 million units of blood from voluntary donors in 2016.-VNA