Dr Dapo Odumero, Founder, Blood for Life and Rudi Page, CEO, RAFFA International Development Agency, celebrate the successful acquisition of a mobile blood collection unit from NHS Blood and Transplant, Manchester on Wednesday 26th June 2013.
The mobile blood collection unit (bloodmobile) was requested by Dr Angela Scott, Former Director, National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS), at an evaluation meeting with Rudi Page during April 2011. RAFFA/Blood for Life had previously provided NBTS with a range of medical equipment including two Blood Bank freezers, platelet incubator and five opti-press machines.
The medical equipment was installed within the main processing department at the NBTS laboratory, and a the cross-match laboratory at Victoria Jubilee Hospital.
A wide range of Diaspora and Jamaica-based organisations with active support from Aloun Assamba, Jamaican High Commissioner UK, collaborated to ensure the mobile blood collection unit reached Jamaica and was successfully launched on Saturday 10th January 2015 to meet the needs of the Jamaican population.
The key stakeholders included RAFFA International Development Agency, Blood for Life, National Health Fund ( shipping & clearance costs) , Ministry of Health Jamaica, Angel Foundation(liaison), Grace Foods UK (storage), JLB International Shipping (launch), JNB( launch), Kiwanis Jamaica (launch) and Power106FM (launch).
RAFFA, has given a commitment to stay involved and join the Islandwide Blood Drive campaign ONE LOVE, ONE BLOOD, SAVES LIVES through the Olympic award-winning programme, “Passing the Baton” designed to inspire peaceful, caring and enterprising neighbourhoods.
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