Abu Dhabi: Blood donors in Abu Dhabi can now donate blood to collect volunteer credits on the UAE Volunteer platform.
Launched by Abu Dhabi Blood Bank Services in partnership with the UAE Volunteer Platform, the initiative aims to encourage community members to donate blood and engage young people in beneficial practices. Abu Dhabi Blood Bank Services said in a statement on Thursday that the volunteer platform will also announce opportunities and volunteering activities, and provide blood donors with certified volunteer hours and certificates.
The volunteer service hours of blood donors will be counted according to the type of blood donation. Usually two hours for blood donation and three hours for platelet donation. College students can also benefit from the program to complete the volunteer requirement required for graduation.
“Blood donation and ensuring the availability of blood units is of strategic importance to any healthcare ecosystem globally in order to maintain the efficiency of healthcare delivery. At the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), we aspire to achieve blood donation supply versus demand within the emirate balance between health and safety. This stems from our responsibility to the health and safety of all community members and our commitment to ensuring the emirate is prepared to respond to health emergencies in accordance with best international practice and standards. Our partnership with the healthcare industry Partners continue to collaborate and work together to raise awareness of donating blood as a noble act that helps save countless lives around us,” said Dr Saleh Al Ali, Executive Director of the Center for Emergency Preparedness and the Ministry of Health. respond. The Abu Dhabi Health Regulatory Authority oversees blood bank services in the emirate, which are operated under the Abu Dhabi Blood Bank Services umbrella by public health provider Abu Dhabi Health Services (Seha).
“The UAE Volunteer Platform will greatly serve Abu Dhabi Blood Bank Services as we have worked hard to develop our programs and projects to keep pace and help us ensure a regular supply of blood to save patients’ lives. We emphasize how blood donations are generated The importance of making an impact because in doing so you are giving someone else another chance to live. The UAE Volunteer Platform helps us achieve this by engaging volunteer blood donors,” added Dr Huda Khalfan Al Shamsi, Director of Abu Dhabi Blood Bank Services road.
The UAE Volunteer Platform is the first smart platform of its kind and the largest in the country, serving as a comprehensive interactive platform for developing and organizing volunteer work in the country. The platform aims to expand volunteering in the UAE by facilitating the volunteering process and enabling volunteers to register to donate blood. Once volunteers are registered on the platform, they will be able to register for volunteer blood donation opportunities, and volunteer time will be recognized once the blood donation is completed. The platform provides full details to its users, including location, time and date, as volunteers can register to donate blood by visiting the UAE Volunteer Platform.
The program aims to promote the concept of social responsibility and reinforce the value of helping others as a main pillar of social cohesion. Donating blood is a noble humanitarian voluntary act that ensures that patients in need receive a blood supply, ultimately helping to save lives.
Abu Dhabi Blood Bank Services is one of DoH’s strategic services to promote the health and safety of all members of the community.
According to data collected by Abu Dhabi Blood Bank Services, more than 53,900 people will donate blood in the emirate in 2022 alone. Abu Dhabi has seen a total of 247,801 donors over the past five years.
In a statement, Abu Dhabi Blood Bank Services highlighted the benefits of donating blood. Donors can detect health problems early and benefit from lower iron levels in the blood. Donating blood also stimulates the body to produce blood cells and reduces the risk of heart disease, liver disease and cancer. It can also help lower cholesterol levels.
Donated blood can save the lives of many people, including victims of traffic accidents, fire victims, anemia patients, patients with blood diseases such as thalassemia and sickle cell anemia, women with pregnancy complications, women in childbirth, hemophilia, etc. Patients with bleeding disorders, patients undergoing surgery, cancer patients, and patients receiving organ and newborn transplants.