AFGHANISTAN

The auditorium of Kabul Medical University was the venue for the celebrations which took place on World Blood Donor Day in Afghanistan. Organized by Afghanistan Central Blood Bank, and with the support of the French embassy, the event was attended by a large number of distinguished guests from the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Education and the Interior Ministry, as well as Members of Afghanistan Islamic Republic Parliament, the French ambassador, and directors of the University. Staff from the Blood Bank and students and teachers from the University were also there and the media were in attendance.

The Director of the Central Blood Bank spoke of safety procedures in blood collection and transfusion and urged students to become voluntary donors. He was also pleased to confirm that the Ministry of Public Health is to construct four new blood banks, in the provinces of Mazar, Heart, Qandahar and Jalalabad, and a fifth at Malalai Hospital, all of which would be built according to the World Health Organization standards.

Other speakers gave information about the situation in Afghanistan, with explanations about the safety issues involved, and urged all present to promote voluntary blood donation.

Letters of appreciation were then presented to donors who had given blood voluntarily during 2005. Among these donors was the Minister of Public Health. The conference ended with a concert of Afghani music, and during this time, a number of people went to the special blood collection bus to donate their blood. Among these were the French Ambassador in Kabul and the director of Kabul Medical Faculty. In total, 22 pints of blood were collected.

In advance of the event, posters were displayed in prominent and well-populated areas in Kabul City, as well as in the Kabul Medical Faculty, Central Blood Bank and the Ministry of Public Health.

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