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Institute staff donates blood at the festival.
The Institute Youth Union participates in the "Red Journey - Connecting Vietnamese bloodstream" in 2017

Continuing the success of previous years, this year's 5th Red Journey- Connecting Vietnamese bloodstream was held in July in 28 provinces and cities across the country, including Binh Dinh province, starting from 01 July in Cape Ca Mau and ending in Hanoi capital.

This is o­ne of practical and meaningful activities to solve the shortage of blood that may occur nationwide in the summer, contributing to raise awareness about the need for blood donations, to increase people participating in humanitarian blood donation and propagation of congenital and genetic disorders as well as thalassaemia, a genetic blood disorder that can lead to heart failure and liver problems.

The Red Journey o­n 15-16 July 2017 in Binh Dinh focused o­n mobilizing blood donation resources in Quy Nhon City who were from Provincial Youth Union affiliated agencies and provincial socio-political organizations, etc. With the target of collecting 1,200 units of blood within a day in Quy Nhon City, the preparation for humans and materials and the mobilization of people must be more thorough; 100 volunteers have been trained earlier to support the central Red Journey delegation. In addition, the provincial health sector trained 100 health workers thoroughly in blood collection to ensure the smooth running of the festival. The Youth Union of the Institute of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology Quy Nhon made a contribution to this activity with nearly 15 blood donors.

Institute staff donates blood Red Journey 2017.

38,000 blood units collected in Red Journey 2017

Volunteers traveled throughout 28 provinces and cities across Vietnam in July to collect blood and raise public awareness of the importance of blood donation. 38,000 blood units were collected nationwide, 50% more than the set target.

In Hanoi, the event was held from July 27 to 31. The highlight is the "Giot Hong Tri An? (Pink Drops of Appreciation) program which is expected to collect around 5,000 units of blood. Addressing the program, Chairman of the Hanoi's Red Cross Society Nguyen Sy Truong affirmed that, in recent years, the blood donation campaigns of the capital city have seen outstanding achievements. Hanoi has the most effective network of blood donation clubs, effectively coordinating with local blood transfusion institutes and centers.

The opening ceremony of "Giot Hong Tri An" (Pink Drops of Appreciation) program.

In 2016, the city has received over 193,000 blood units, the blood donation rate was over 2.4 percent of the city population. In the first half of 2017, over 130,000 blood units were collected in the city, equivalent to 75 percent of the set target. The blood donation movement has developed in all districts, towns, enterprises, universities, colleges and academies, becoming cultural beauty of the units and people of the Capital.

Professor Nguyen Anh Tri, Director of the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, said the 5th event of its kind aims to replenish blood shortages during summer months. "Dengue fever broke out in Vietnam months ago and became worst in July. Many patients were saved thanks to the blood collected in the Red Journey program, which has encouraged many more people to donate their blood for medical treatment," Tri added.

First launched in 2013, the Red Journey campaign has so far collected 115,000 blood units to meet the growing demand for emergency and treatment cases. More than 5 million Vietnamese people suffer from Thalassemia, with 20,000 patients receiving treatment and over 2,000 children born with the disease.

With the achieved success, the Red Journey campaign has showed itself to be a unique and effective volunteer model in promoting humanitarian blood donation. The Journey helps to connect the community in terms of charity and responsibility, contributing to the development of voluntary blood donation activities in localities across the country.

(Translated and recapitulated by Huynh Thi An Khang)  
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