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
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.
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