Nationwide blood donation campaign comes to Binh Dinh hinh anh 1A woman donates her blood (Illustrative photo - Source: VNA)

Binh Dinh (VNA) – More than 1,500 blood donors have taken part in a festival in Quy Nhon city, the central province of Binh Dinh as part of the  Hanh Trinh Do (red journey),  a nationwide annual blood donation drive.

The two-day event concluded on July 16 and collected a total of 1,244 blood units.

During the festival, the Hanh Trinh Do organising board honoured 33 individuals and groups of donors for their outstanding contributions. 

Initiated by the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion in 2013, the red journey is scheduled to travel 28 provinces and cities throughout July this year. It is expected to collect at least 45,000 blood units.

Last year, the drive toured 27 cities and provinces nationwide to provide advice on blood donation and thalassemia – a genetic blood disease – to 500,000 local people and collected 20,790 units of blood.

Since its inception, the campaign has gathered more than 150,000 units of blood. -VNA