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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 288-290

Motivation for blood donors


Group Chief Laboratory Department Head and Chairman of Scientific Office, Saudi German Hospital Group

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M.D. Osama El Fayoumi
Group Chief Laboratory Department Head and Chairman of Scientific Office, Saudi German Hospital Group

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The need for blood is increasing universally while the sources of blood donation have not increased in kind. Voluntary, unpaid donors are the only current hope for acquiring an adequate source of safe blood. Because voluntary unpaid donors are the heroes and "owners" of blood banks, special attention should be given to donors, the process of blood donation, and blood donation centers. The staff working in a blood donation center must be certified professionals for the job, socially and scientifically. The donor must feel that he belongs to that place, as he is the 'owner', and staff should treat him as a VIP. World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) must be an international event celebrated much like the New Year's Day. Officials in every country should give special attention to WBDD to make it a prominent international commemoration. Advertising about and motivation to donate blood must reach a level at which everyone is asked and encouraged to ask others: How many units did you donate this year? When was the last time you donated blood? When will you next donate blood?


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