Facebook is helping blood donations in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, and India, showing solidarity and support with World Blood Donor Day on June 14.
You can donate blood through Facebook by signing up to be a blood donor. If you sign up as blood donor you will be notified every time there is a need for blood near your location. Till now over 10 million people have signed up for blood donations through Facebook.
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Facebook is also campaigning in the countries to aware them about blood shortage and the utmost importance and need to become a blood donor. Blood donations are lowest during the months of May and June in many nations including Pakistan. Therefore in the month of June Facebook will be campaigning in the country to encourage people to become blood donors and start saving lives.
Professor Hasan Abbas Zaheer, National Coordinator, Safe Blood Transfusion Programme said, “During the summer vacations and in the holy month of Ramadan blood donation rates fall in Pakistan and the past few years these times have overlapped and caused real hardship to the patients, particularly the large population of transfusion-dependent thalassemia patients.
Adding, “Our blood banks thus face an urgent need to collect blood through repeat donations from our regular donors and also by recruiting (and retaining) more new donors to ensure replenishment of blood stocks from a low-risk population to maintain the smooth functioning of the system. The government’s Safe Blood Transfusion Programme welcomes Blood Donations through Facebook which make it easier for people to support their local blood donation events and respond to requests for blood donations. Remember your one blood donation can help save the lives of three different patients.”
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Shasha S. shared her experience and said, “My father had to have open heart surgery and the hospital told us we needed to find 6 donors to fulfil the blood requirements. Unfortunately, our friends and contacts were unable to donate as they were fasting. Lucky I remembered the Blood Donation feature on Facebook and quickly clicked on the icon, shared my father’s blood type and details of where people could donate. Within hours, two strangers came forward to donate blood to my father. My family is so grateful, we were so worried that we would be unable to find the blood we needed, but through Facebook, we found the extra help we needed. Today my father is getting better every day and I encourage everyone to sign up as a donor.”