THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will sign a memorandum of agreement today with 60 partners who will provide blood donors through regular mobile blood donation activity among its members and staff every year.
The collaboration aims to establish a regular mobile blood donation program nationwide to ensure ample 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 lives.
“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,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.
In 2016, PRC provided 407,000 units of blood, representing 50 percent of the total national collection of all blood service facilities in the country. The PRC also assisted 223,000 patients served with blood units.
To support indigent patients, the PRC has a Blood Samaritan Program which seeks financial donations from different individuals and groups to cover the blood processing fees of legitimate indigent patients. This year, its National Blood Services has so far catered to a total of 6,876 indigent patients.