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Tunisia celebrates World Blood Donor Day.

TUNIS, June 13, 2010 (TAP) - "New Blood for the World" is the theme chosen this year by the World Health Organization (WHO) to celebrate June 14, World Blood Donor Day.

This year's theme suitably fits in with the proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly of 2010, World Youth Year, at the initiative of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

In effect, the 2010 global campaign focuses on Young Donors, with the slogan "New blood for the world". It hopes that a new generation of motivated voluntary unpaid blood donors will form a pool that provides the safest blood possible for use wherever and whenever it is needed to save life.

In events and activities around the world, youth will be the focus of the day. Recruiting and retaining young donors not only improves the long-term safety and sufficiency of a country's blood supply, but also promotes safe and healthy lifestyles.

On the occasion, a major blood donation awareness campaign is organized at Barcelona Square, Tunis, where its proceedings are housed in tents with the participation of the National Blood Transfusion Centre and several Tunisian associations such as the Association of Tunisian Blood Donors, the Tunisian Association for the Promotion of Blood Donation, Rotaract, and Tunisian Scouts).

This event comes to close the event "Mobile Blood Donor Village " which traveled across several provinces since April 8, 2010, date of Tunisia's National Blood Donation Day which had been placed under the theme "Youth and Blood Donation."

In Tunisia, 181 000 486 blood units were collected in 2009, covering 91 per cent of needs at home (200,000). The deficit, however small, is always considered crucial when it comes to saving lives. This deficit is made for through the use of blood donations made by members of the patient's family. Indeed, only 10.6 per cent of blood donors are regular and 89.4 casual. Of these, 60 percent are in favor of a donor family member.To address the lack of regular donors, major campaigns are organized nationwide.

In addition, a national industry promotion of blood transfusion is implemented for the period 2008-2011, to strengthen in particular the number of blood units collected. From about 156,000 in 2007, their number increased to over 181,000 in 2009, an increase of 16.6 pc.

The national strategy also seeks to strengthen human and material resources. The sector has currently 33 structures: a National Blood Transfusion Centre, a Military Center and five regional centers (Sfax, Sousse, Jendouba Gabes and Gafsa), and 26 blood banks based in regional and university hospitals. Also, a system of ensuring quality of blood transfusion is implemented. To encourage blood donation, a President of the Republic's Award was established in 1999 to reward each year the region having achieved the best results in this area.

Efforts in Tunisia to promote blood donation were crowned by awarding, in 1996, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the Grand Officer of the International Blood Merit by the International Federation of Associations of Blood of Donors.

World Blood Donor Day offers an opportunity to showcase the achievements in this field, educate citizens about the importance of this noble gesture that saves lives and reflect on ways to promote the sector.

Tap 2009

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Date:Jun 13, 2010
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