Kenya

World Blood Donor Day was the occasion chosen for a speech by the Minister of Health, which commented on the heavy burden carried by the nation’s schoolchildren, who donated 60% of the blood used in hospitals. He said that a campaign to raise awareness among the general public of the need for donated blood had been launched in order to try to create a culture of voluntary blood donation. This campaign has been supported by a number of companies and by Kenya Red Cross. It is clear that the HIV/AIDS epidemic has contributed largely to blood shortages in hospitals, often because people are afraid of being informed of their HIV status, but the need for more safe voluntary blood donors is urgent.

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