The foremost humanitarian organization in the country, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will seal a memorandum of agreement with 60 partners who have agreed to provide blood donors through regular Mobile Blood Donation (MBD) activity among its members and staff every year.
The 2017 Blood Service Partners’ Engagement Ceremony will be held tomorrow, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Novotel Cubao in Quezon City.
The collaboration aims to establish a regular MBD program nationwide to ensure enough supply of safe and quality blood and blood products all over the country. It also aims to raise awareness among its members and volunteers that donating blood is not only good for one’s health but also a humanitarian act that can save millions of lives.
PRC Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon will lead the ceremonial signing together with the partner heads and officers from different companies and government agencies.
“We all welcome these partnerships with different agencies in pursuing our humanitarian advocacies especially in the promotion of voluntary blood donation. This will complement the need to maintain an adequate supply of blood so that we can continue giving the gift of life not only for every individual member, especially the most vulnerable,” said Chairman Gordon.
As we celebrate World Blood Donor Month this July with this year’s theme, “What Can You Do? Give Blood. Give Now. Give Often”, the PRC continuously spearheaded various blood donation drives and conducted awareness campaigns to urge the public regarding the importance of giving blood that can be used in mass casualty incidents, disasters and other emergencies.
In 2016, PRC provided a total of 407,000 units of blood, representing 50% of the total national collection of all blood service facilities in the country. To date, PRC have assisted 223,000 patients served with blood units.
To support indigent patients, PRC has a Blood Samaritan Program which is funded by donations from different individuals and institutions to cover the blood processing fees of legitimate indigent patients. This year, PRC’s National Blood Services has already catered to a total of 6,876 indigent patients.
The PRC operates nationwide and network with 87 blood service facilities, 26 blood centers, 51 blood collecting unit or blood stations, and 10 Apheresis Centers that can accommodate different blood services such as blood collection, retention and care, testing, processing and blood issuance.