“Give the gift of life: Donate Blood”

Posted on: June 14th, 2013      Author: tshewang

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World Blood Donor Day, celebrated on 14 June every year, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. With the slogan “Give the gift of life: donate blood”, this year’s campaign, the 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day, focused on the value of donated blood to the patient, not only in saving life, but also in helping people live longer and more productive lives.




 Celebrating the gift of life, here in Thimphu, hundreds gathered at the clock     tower square to donate blood. Gracing the occasion, Hon’ble Secretary of Ministry of Health, Dasho Nima Wangdi told the gathering that it is important for all the healthy individuals in our society take up  social responsibility and come forward to voluntarily donate blood regularly without expecting reward; step towards achieving self sufficiency in the blood banks of hospitals in the  country. Regular voluntary blood donors are the safest source of blood, as there are fewer bloodborne infections among these donors than among people who donate for family members in emergencies or who give blood for payment.

As per the Blood Safety Program of the MoH, currently the annual requirement in Bhutan is estimated to be 10,000 units of blood. To sustain this demand, an adequate, reliable and stable base of regular, voluntary blood donors are required. Presently, only 60% of the blood units are collected from voluntary donors whereas rest 40% is from family and replacement donors.

The event was organized by Bank of Bhutan with technical support from WHO Bhutan and Ministry of Health.



The WHO representative to country office, Dr. Nani Nair said that WHO expects all countries to attain 100% un-paid voluntary boold donation by 2020. She also read out the message from Dr Samlee Plianbangchang, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region;

  “Safe blood saves millions of lives each year. Provision of safe blood is a fundamental need for the health system of every country. Blood cannot be synthesized artificially. Human beings are the only source of this life-saving product. But a shortage of safe blood in several developing countries often leads to unnecessary deaths or ill-health. Hence, there is an urgent need for more people to donate blood on a regular basis to save precious lives. Against an annual estimated requirement of 17.5 million blood units in the South-East Asia Region, only around 12.5 million units are collected every year.

Blood can also be a potential source of transmission of several diseases. These include among others, HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C ….>>readmore 

Would You Give Few minutes…… to save few lives; 

  • Who can be a blood donor?

Practically anyone. As long as you are in good health aged 18 years and weigh atleast 45 kgs.

  • How often can you donate blood?

You can donate every 3 months.

  • What blood groups are needed?

Blood donors of all ABO blood groups i.e A,B, AB and O are needed. Especially if you are of Rh(D) Negative type please contact you nearest blood bank to register so that blood bank can contact you when in need of Rh(D) Negative blood.


  • How long does it take and what is the procedure?

The whole procedure takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

  • Where can you donate blood?

One can donate blood at any blood bank attached to a hospital in the country or during blood donation camps. 

  • Advice on the day of Donation!!!

You must feel well. Have some meals and drink plenty of fluids. 

(src: blood safety program, MoH)