The National Steering Committee of Voluntary Blood Donation has set a target to collect more than one million units of blood in 2013.

The committee will also strive to have 1.15 percent of the population donate blood, compared to 1.06 percent in 2012.

The targets were set at a national conference held in Hanoi on March 19 to review voluntary blood donation campaigns last year and work out plans for 2013.

Deputy Head of the steering committee Nguyen Thi Xuyen highlighted the increase in blood donor numbers, in particular during the Tet (Lunar New Year Festival) campaign, the Red Spring festival and National Blood Donation Day.

To realise the target, Head of the Committee Nguyen Hai Duong stressed the need to intensify public awareness activities to increase the number of voluntary donors.

In 2012, hospitals nationwide received a total of 912,300 units of blood, a year-on-year increase of 13.2 percent.-VNA