On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day, the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) and the World Health Organization joined together to honour volunteer blood donors, and to call for more members of the general public to donate their blood in order to save the lives of patients. The Director of NIHBT also unveiled plans to set up a mobile blood donation campaign, giving people the opportunity to donate blood near to their homes. Starting in Hanoi, the campaign will be run nationwide from June to August each year, during the season when blood shortages can become critical.

At a gathering in Hanoi to celebrate the day, 20 distinguished blood donors were praised. Among them was Le Dinh Huat from Hanoi, who had encouraged 14 family members to donate blood during a recent blood drive. Altogether, over the past seven years, he and his family have persuaded nearly 70 people to donate blood voluntarily.

While Viet Nam reports a significant increase in voluntary blood donation, it is still the case that only 30% of hospital needs are met through this collection. The celebrations on World Blood Donor Day under the slogan, “Whoever you are, whatever you do, you have the opportunity and ability to save lives” emphasized the need for more volunteers to donate their blood.