Phnom Penh: On Monday 17 June, the nine days of Loy9 Big Challenge came to the end with a great success – 1048 people donated blood all over Cambodia. The campaign reached above the Big Challenge target of 999 donors which demonstrates how important the issue of blood donation is in the country.

All events held during the campaign were attended by hundreds of participants interested in the issue. Not everybody was able to donate blood due to weight restriction and general health, but the high attendance contributed to general awareness raising about blood donations, which constitutes a shared responsibility of communities to help not only in emergency situations, but in everyday live, when people need blood.

We would like to thank to all the voluntary donors, doctors and nurses as well as volunteers, who made this campaign possible and worked hard to spread the word and encourage people to learn about the importance of donating blood.

The objective of National Blood Transfusion Center (NBTC) is to build a Bank of Life, which would have enough blood from unpaid donations for all patients, when it is needed. The NBTC currently delivers more than 3000 units of blood monthly all over the country. Blood is needed to treat victims of traffic accidents, cancer patients, during surgeries, for complications occurring during child birth and treatment of patient with dengue fever, among many others.

Everybody can become a part of Big Challenge, which takes part every day, when people are fighting for their lives and need blood transfusion to survive.

Around 600 hundred people attended a celebration of International Blood Donors Day in Sofitel Hotel in Phnom Penh.

You can give blood no matter what religion, ethnicity of world-view you have. Everybody can save lives.

Giving blood is fun!

Every day blood transfusions are saving lives around Cambodia.

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