To address the growing blood deficit in Uganda, Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited (CiplaQCIL), together with the Rotary Mengo Blood Bank, have launched the Hope in Every Drop campaign, targeting all eligible blood donors.
Uganda collects an average of 220,000 units of blood annually against the World Health Organisation’s recommended target of about 300,000, which creates an annual deficit of 100,000 units1. Blood cannot be artificially created, so the country is completely dependent on people donating blood.
In September 2020, blood collected from donors in Uganda dropped from 96% to 76%, after COVID-19 restrictions were implemented.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mengo Blood Bank was meeting at least 12% of the total national blood requirements with an annual collection of 12,000 units. However, this has significantly dropped with a monthly collection of less than 100 units due in part to prolonged closure of educational institutions, which have the largest portion of donors2.
Blood is essential to help patients survive surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illness and traumatic injuries. Other blood components like red cells, platelets and plasma are also important blood products required by medical facilities3.
The objective of the Hope in Every Drop campaign is to ensure a consistent supply of blood in health facilities by increasing the number of regular donors, and to demystify myths and misconceptions around blood donations.
One unit of blood can save up to 3 lives, so roll up your sleeves and help to save a life if you are 17 years or older, in good health and weigh at least 50 kilograms.
To donate blood please call 0782614316/ 0740428201 or visit Kyengera, Nsangi, Kawuku and Namasuba trading centres where blood donation will be on going.
1. National Population Council. Only170,000 Ugandans donate blood. Accessed online: https://npcsec.go.ug/only-170000-ugandans-donate-blood/
2. Africanews. Uganda’s hospitals run out of blood. Accessed online: https://www.africanews.com/2020/10/09/we-have-lost-mothers-uganda-s-hospitals-run-out-of-blood/
3. National blood crisis. Accesses online:https://www.redcrossblood.org/local-homepage/news/article/blood-donation-importance.html