Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Blood drive ‘most successful ever’

Blood drive ‘most successful ever’

Blood drive ‘most successful ever’

130318 19
The Valentine’s Day blood drive, held at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, attracted 449 donors, mostly students. Photograph supplied

Last month’s Valentine’s Day blood drive was the most successful in Cambodia’s history, according to organisers, who said hundreds of young people donated.

A total of 449 students – far more than were expected – jammed into a hall at the Royal University of Phnom Penh on February 14 to give blood and simultaneously grabbed a slice of television glory.

The National Blood Transfusion Centre (NBTC) organised the drive in collaboration with Loy9, the BBC’s Cambodia-based mass media campaign, who based episodes for their new series around the Valentine’s Day event and filmed on the day.

Colin Spurway, BBC Media Action project director for Loy9, said organisers had only anticipated 150 participants.

“But in the end we almost had too many people there,” he said.

The 449 units of blood given on Valentine’s Day was the highest number of donations ever received in a single day, according to Dr Kim Cheng Hok, Director of the NBTC.

The success raised hopes that blood donation in the Kingdom could be on the increase.

But that single-day record didn’t last long.

For International Women’s Day on March 8, 466 units of blood were collected, including one from General Hun Manet, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son, according to Dr Cheng Hok. 
However, he saidthat for the country to meet the requirement of 50,000 units of blood for 2013 alone, one-time donors needed to become regulars.

 “Repeat donors ensure a sustainable blood supply, and this is the act for fostering a culture of sharing blood to save lives,” he said.   

The NBTC receives around 2,000 donations every month, but hospitals are still up against widespread beliefs that donating blood carries risks of disease.

Still, recent signs are encouraging, he added.

“People are slowly starting to understand our need, and that it is safe.”

The Loy9 episode will screen in June, and another blood drive will be held to coincide.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ruth Keber at [email protected]

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all