A celebration took place in Addis Adaba to mark World Blood Donor Day, attended by representatives from national and international organizations and by voluntary blood donors. A representative from the Ministry of Health called for efforts to raise public awareness of the significance of voluntary blood donation in order to achieve the country’s healthy blood programme.
During the event, the Director of the Blood Bank under the auspices of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society, expressed gratitude to those who had already volunteered to donate blood, and said on his part that blood donations could not be replaced by science and technology. The need for more blood donors to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply is a big challenge in developing countries.
The sentiments were emphasized by a representative from the World Health Organization. The target of collecting at least 80% of all blood donations from voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors by the end of 2012 is a very real challenge to all African countries. WHO Office in Ethiopia saluted those voluteers who, through donating their blood voluntarily, had begun contributing towards the achievement of these targets.