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Hanoi (VNA) – A workshop was organised in Hanoi on June 14 to discuss measures to develop human resources for safe and stable blood donation, bringing together domestic and foreign experts, and outstanding blood donors.

As part of a programme to honour prominent blood donors nationwide and celebrate World Blood Donor Day 2017, the event was held by the National Steering Committee for Mobilising Voluntary Blood Donation and the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT).

The International Federation of Blood Donor Organisations’ (IFBDO) representative said it is necessary to diversify communication and campaigning methods to attract more blood donors. Communication methods should be conformable with each targeted group.

A representative of the Thai Red Cross Society’s national blood transfusion centre introduced the model of Club 25, which targets blood donors aged between 17-25. When joining Club 25, participants commit to donate blood 25 times, until 25 years old and call on 25 others to follow suit.

Ngo Manh Quan from the NIHBT introduced the institute’s initiative to maintain groups of standby people for donating blood in order to ensure timely provision of safe blood sources for patients in remote and border areas.

So far, the project has helped develop live blood banks in 17 remote, isolate and border districts and islands nationwide, attracting a total of 1,174 members.

Initiated in 2011 , the model benefits people in Bach Long Vi island of Hai Phong city, Phu Quoc island of the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang; Con Co island in central Quang Tri province; Si Ma Cai and Dong Van districts in the north mountainous provinces of Lao Cai and Ha Giang.-VNA