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Kenyan Peacekeepers Donate Blood: World Blood Donor Day 14 June

Published: 06-11-13

On 7 June 2013 Kenyan Battalion peacekeepers serving at UNMISS donated blood to children and pregnant women at Aweil Civil Hospital (located in Northern Bahr El-Ghazal State). More than 40 Kenyans have donated blood to this hospital between January and March this year.

“We usually do this as charity … because we are brothers and sisters,” said Kenyan laboratory technologist Enoch Torotich. “I urge everyone (to) visit (a) health facility, know your blood level and donate blood to save lives.”

He urged the local population to donate blood as well, saying that donors would become their “brothers’ keepers”.

The blood donation in Aweil comes one week before tenth anniversary of World Blood Donor Day, which is celebrated on 14 June.

World Blood Donor Day is commemorated to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and its products and to thank voluntary donors, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

With the slogan “Give the gift of life: donate blood”, this year’s campaign will focus on the value of donated blood in saving lives and also helping people live longer and more productively, according to the WHO website.

To read more about World Blood Donor Day visit:http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-blood-donor-day/2013/en/index.html