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RAFFA and Angel Foundation UK Working Together for Jamaica

RAFFA, “Passing the Baton” acknowledges the role of Angel Foundation UK, as stakeholders together by liaising with Dr Fenton Ferguson, Minister of Health and staff of the Ministry of Health Jamaica to ensure the successful delivery of the Mobile Blood Collection Unit for the benefit of the people of Jamaica.

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Bloodmobile launch success in Kingston Jamaica

The Bloodmobile is a success. Bloodmobile got 58 units from 68 registered on its first outing.

All partners worked well together on the day “passing the baton” works.

Many Thanks to the people of Kingston, who waited patiently for their turn, there was not one complaint. Some helped us hand out flyers. A very good day for all.

A great achievement – this demonstrates that the Diaspora and their counterparts at home can work as ONE TEAM.

All High performing teams are based on collaboration, trust and co-operation.

The next stop for the Bloodmobile is Montego Bay hosted by the Kiwanis Movement on Saturday 14th February.

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RAFFA and JLB International: The National Blood Transfusion Service launches 2015 Blood Drive Campaign

The National Blood Transfusion Service launches 2015 Blood Drive Campaign

The National Blood Transfusion Service is a proud recipient of a Mobile Blood Collection Unit and launches its 2015 blood drive campaign under the theme “One Love, One Blood to save lives”. The first Blood Drive is scheduled for Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Jamaica National Building Society, Main Office, 2-4 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 10 in the vicinity of Half-Way-Tree Square, starting at 9:00 a.m.

The NBTS is encouraging persons to come out and be a part of the ‘One Love, One Blood campaign to Save Lives’ campaign as giving blood is about people helping people and donors give blood knowing that they are saving lives.

The Mobile Blood Collection Unit which was donated by several partners from the UK Diaspora will ensure greater efficiency in the operation of the NBTS and ease and convenience to donors. This Mobile Unit will be utilized to increase the number of Voluntary Blood Donors across Jamaica throughout the campaign. The campaign will also be an opportunity to educate persons on the importance of pursuing healthy lifestyle practices in order to become eligible donors.

Partners for the first blood drive on January 10, 2015 are Kiwanis Movement in Jamaica, Jamaica National Building Society, JLB International (Shipping) Ltd and RAFFA.

The National Blood Transfusion Service wants to thank the partners for coming on board to support the campaign and encourages further support from Corporate Jamaica, social groups and communities for the island-wide Blood Drive to ensure there is sufficient blood to meet the transfusion needs of patients in Jamaica

For more information on how you can support the National Blood Transfusion Service 2015 Blood Drive kindly contact us at 922-5181-5. Your Blood Donor Organizer is Igol Allen 317-8794 or Assistant Blood Donor Organizer Keishawna Pinnock.

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RAFFA, JLB Int, Kiwanis and JNB “Passing the Baton” for One Love, One Blood, Saves Lives” campaign

RAFFA, and JLB International ( Diaspora Partners) celebrated with Kiwanis Downtown and Freeport supported by corporate hosts Jamaica National Building Society
a civic approach to working with Dr Veronic Taylor, National Blood Transfusion Service, Kingston who recently received a “Mobile Blood Collection Unit” from UK partners. The official launch of the “Mobile Blood Collection Unit” takes place at JNB Forecourt, Half-Way Tree, Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday 10th January, 9am – 4pm.

This is a unique International Development Project that involves a stakeholder approach across civic, corporate, faith and diaspora sectors. The Leadership of all the organisations have come together to promote improved Public Health by supporting the Passing the Baton community Blood drive campaign, “One Love, One Blood, Saves Lives”.

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson commended RAFFA and all stakeholders for their efforts and said that, “the utilization of the mobile blood unit will be a step in the right direction in allowing access to donors who would not otherwise be able to reach our collection centres.This will no doubt strengthen the work of the National Blood Transfusion Service in increasing the number of voluntary non remunerated donors, who remain the safest source of blood worldwide. While blood collection in 2013 surpassed the targeted sub-goal of 30,000 units, the country has been struggling for years with recurrent blood shortages which have a direct impact on medical and surgical care,”
The first blood drive using the mobile unit is planned for January 10, in partnership with Kiwanis, JLB Shipping, Jamaica National Building Society and RAFFA

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Dr Veronica Taylor, Acting Director, National Blood Transfusion Service, proudly shows Rudi Page, CEO, RAFFA and Aloun Ndombet-assamba, Jamaican High Commissioner to the UK around the Mobile Blood Collection Unit.

For more information: admin@raffa.org.uk

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