Voluntary unpaid blood donation

Voluntary unpaid blood donation, National Blood Centre, Yangon Region.

Blood transfusion is an essential health service to save lives. Every health system needs it. Adequate and safe blood supply can only be ensured by voluntary, unpaid blood donations. It is among this group that the risk of blood borne infections is lowest. In 2017, Myanmar sourced approx 80% of blood donations from voluntary, unpaid donors.

Hence a decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several lives -- if the blood is separated into components and prepared for further use. Blood is a most precious gift anyone can give to another person.

WHO Myanmar produced special factsheet on voluntary blood donation in February 2019 -- it is available at https://bit.ly/2DAdzjl