On 1st October 2022, The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia organized a blood donation camp in collaboration with the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS). Member of diplomatic corps and Indonesian students volunteered in donating blood.
The Indonesian Embassy and PRCS have been cooperating to organize a blood donation camp to facilitate brothers and sisters of Pakistan since 2016. Pakistan Red Crescent Regional Blood Donor Center is known for being very responsible in supplying safe quality blood to the community by implementing a safe blood program that embodies the spirit of “Altruism” and the principle of Voluntary, non-remunerated Blood Donation.
Ambassador Adam Tugio said, “Saving one life is equivalent to saving humanity and blood donation raises awareness of the importance of regular blood donations to help patients in need”. Pakistan is currently facing a dengue outbreak, and demand for blood transfusion and platelets are significantly increased as a result all across Pakistan. In addition, Pakistan has an additional requirement for blood supply because of thalassemia patients, and the challenge has magnified due to the lack of blood donors amid COVID-19.
Ambassador of Jordan to Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Almadani who volunteered in blood donation said, “I am very happy to be a part of such an important drive, as it can help save or improve the lives of our Muslim brother or sister.” Blood donation camps increase awareness among the general public and especially youth for “Blood Safety”, and prevention of the spread of transfusion-transmitted diseases. It can also promote the concept of voluntary blood donation by removing the fears and superstitions associated with blood donation.
Ambassador Tugio expressed his appreciation to the entire team of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society and to all the blood donors, including youth for voluntarily donating blood and inspiring others to join hands and support a noble cause. “The collected blood will be distributed to critical patients with Thalassemia, Hemophilia, Cancer, Dialysis, and others who are in serious illness in hospitals in Islamabad and Rawalpindi”, added a team member of PRCS.