On World Blood Donor Day, a number of activities were organized by Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society. A press conference at the Ministry of Health took place with participation from representatives of the Scientific Research Institute of Haematology and Transfusion, the State Blood Bank and the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society. Further press activity concentrated on blood donors and their gift of life.

A park in the capital city, Baku, was the location for a stand with photographs of active Red Crescent volunteer blood donors. Later in the day, a celebratory event was held where regular blood donors were presented with small gifts, after which they were addressed by representatives of the Institute of Haematology and Transfusion, the Azerbaijan Association of Thalassaemia and the Azerbaijan Association for Haemophilia. Information about the planned “Club 25” for young blood donors was also presented. Entertainment and music was provided by Red Crescent volunteers.

Around the country in the cities of Baku, Ganja, Mingachevir and Sabirabad, leafets, bulletins, posters, pens, T-shirts and caps were distributed, carrying the messages, “Give blood and save life”, and “14 June – World Blood Donor Day”.

Matanat Garakhanova
Head of Health Department
Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society