SAVE A LIFE NOW!
DONATE BLOOD NOW CAMPAIGN
Recognizing the role that the next generation will play in the building a safe and sufficient blood supply,SAFE BLOOD GHANA FOUNDATION is launching a series of youth education programmes and awareness campaigns.
This we believe will develop to increase the awareness of the need for a regular blood donation among youth and young adult for life long donor behaviour.
Senior high school(secondary schools) students have a chance to make a big difference in the lives of people and helping safe lives.
This year campaigns focus on recruiting blood donors from our senior high school (secondary school) with the theme: SAVE A LIFE NOW ! DONATE BLOOD NOW.
This programme of donor educationg and recuiting young donors is vital and its making a lot of progress.
DONOR EDUCATION AND RECUITMENT DRIVE
IN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
This programme aims at establishing a committed, repeate,donor panel of donors.there will be intenstive education of senior high school student at every opportuntty about the need tofor healthy blood donors.students whave been the cornerstone of blood collection programme.this will continue vigorously.
Pupilss from junior secondary school who have been sensitized will be encourageed to become donor when hey get to second cycle schools.the net will cast wider so that all second and third cycle school will be invovled in the blood collection programmes.
JUNIOR SECONDARY AND UPPER PRIMARY SCHOOLS
DONOR EDUCATION PROGRAMMES
To sensitize the young child before the get to the blood donation age.its the policy of safe blood ghana to catch them young.
Incentives by way of quiz programmes and prizes will be initated for winningschooland winning participants.its is the hope that by the time these get to the senior high schools they will have been introduced to the importance of blood and blood donation culminating into their living clean,healthy lives a prerequisite for safe blood donation.
RELIGIOUS ORGANISATIONS DONOR
EDUCATION PROGRAMMES AND RECUITMENT DRIVE
Many religious groups,christians and moslems have been contributing in a significant way to save lives.This will be improved tso that more churches and mosques and other groups outside these two are brought into he fold to donate and save a life.
DONOR EDUCATION AT WORK PLACES
educational strategy will be designed to inculcate into the working population the need for themto take blood donation as a civic responsibility.
Blood Donation Process
Donating blood is a safe, simple, and rewarding experience that usually only takes 45-60 minutes.
Before You Donate
To donate blood, find a blood bank near you using AABB’s blood bank locator. Then, call the blood bank to make an appointment. When making the appointment, ask the following questions:
- What are your general donor requirements? (Most places require you to weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, be at least 16 years old and be generally healthy).
- What kind of identification is required? (First-time donors are usually asked to present two forms of identification—the type of identification needed varies by facility).
- If you have any particular healthconcerns or have traveled outside of the country, it’s also a good idea to inform the blood bank at the time you are making your appointment.
When You Arrive at the Blood Donation Center
- When you sign in, you will be asked to complete a donor registration form, which includes your name, address, phone number, and various other types of demographic information.
- You will also be asked to show your donor card or the type of identification required by the particular blood bank you visit.
- During pre-donation screening, a blood bank employee will ask you some questions about your health, lifestyle, and disease risk factors. All of this information is confidential.
- Next, an employee will perform a short health exam, taking your pulse, temperature and blood pressure.
- A drop of blood from your finger will also be tested to ensure that your blood iron level is sufficient for you to donate. All medical equipment used for this test, as well as during the donation process, is sterile, used only once and then disposed.
- Once the pre-donation screening is finished, you will proceed to a donor bed where your arm will be cleaned with an antiseptic, and a professional will use a blood donation kit to draw blood from a vein in your arm. If you are allergic to iodine, be sure to tell the phlebotomist at this point.
- During the donation process, you will donate one unit of blood; this takes about six to ten minutes.
- Following your donation, you will receive refreshments in the canteen area, where you can stay until you feel strong enough to leave.
- After donating, it is recommended that you increase your fluid intake for the next 24 to 48 hours; avoid strenuous physical exertion, heavy lifting or pulling with the donation arm for about five hours; and eat well balanced meals for the next 24 hours. After donating, smoking and alcohol consumption is not recommended
- Although donors seldom experience discomfort after donating, if you feel light-headed, lie down until the feeling passes. If some bleeding occurs after removal of the bandage, apply pressure to the site and raise your arm for three to five minutes. If bruising or bleeding appears under the skin, apply a cold pack periodically to the bruised area during the first 24 hours, then warm, moist heat intermittently.
- If you have any questions concerning your donation or experience any unexpected problems, please call the center where you donated blood.
THANK YOU FOR DONATING BLOOD TO SAVE A LIFE….BLOOD DONATION IS A GIFT OF LIFE