Red Cross launched blood drive

HA NOI. May 30, 2011. The Viet Nam Red Cross officially launched a blood drive yesterday specifically for children.

Deputy chief of the Viet Nam Red Cross Nguyen Huu Hong said the demand for blood specifically for children was growing with the increasing number of procedures available in the country, including heart operations and organ transplants, and the treatment of haemophilia and leukemia. According to Hong, blood banks only met 39 per cent of the demand last year.

The campaign is being run under a four month parent programme that started earlier this month. The programme is aimed at building a national on-line database of donors. It also targets to get 6,500 organisations, enterprises and offices to participate, and identify at least 6,500 people who are willing to donate blood when there is an urgent demand.

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