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World Marrow Donor Day 2017!

September 16th 2017 is World Marrow Donor Day! 

WHY WORLD MARROW DONOR DAY?

To thank all donors worldwide; Unrelated donors, family donors, cord blood donors, donors who already have donated, and donors who are on the global registry waiting to donate. To raise awareness among the general public and decision-makers about being a stem cell donor and the impact of blood stem cell transplantation on patients’ live.

WHAT IS A MARROW DONOR?

A marrow or blood stem cell donor is a volunteer adult person who is willing to donate cells for blood stem cell or marrow transplantation. Some donate to a family member, others donate to a patient somewhere in the world and who is not a family member.

More information at: https://worldmarrowdonorday.org

World Blood Donor Day 2017!

Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

Blood is an important resource, both for planned treatments and urgent interventions. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. Blood is also vital for treating the wounded during emergencies of all kinds (natural disasters, accidents, armed conflicts, etc.) and has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and perinatal care.

A blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity is a key component of an effective health system. Ensuring safe and sufficient blood supplies requires the development of a nationally coordinated blood transfusion service based on voluntary non-remunerated blood donations. However, in many countries, blood services face the challenge of making sufficient blood available, while also ensuring its quality and safety.

Focus of this year’s campaign

The lives and health of millions of people are affected by emergencies every year. In the last decade, disasters have caused more than 1 million deaths, with more than 250 million people being affected by emergencies every year. Natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and storms create considerable needs for emergency health care, while at the same time, often destroying vital health facilities as well. Man-made disasters such as road accidents and armed conflicts also generate substantial health care demands and the need for front-line treatment.

Blood transfusion is an essential component of emergency health care. Emergencies increase the demand for blood transfusion and make its delivery challenging and complex. Adequate supply of blood during emergencies requires a well-organized blood service, and this can only be ensured by engaging the entire community and a blood donor population committed to voluntary unpaid blood donation throughout the year.

Slogan: What can you do? Give blood. Give now. Give often

This year’s campaign will focus on blood donation in emergencies. In crisis or emergency situation, the natural human response is “What can I do? How can I help?”. Therefore, the slogan for the 2017 campaign is: What can you do?, with the secondary message: Give blood. Give now. Give often.

The campaign underlines the role every single person can play in helping others in emergency situations, by giving the valuable gift of blood. It also focuses on the fact that it is important to give blood regularly, so that the blood stock is sufficient before an emergency arises.

The objectives of this year’s campaign

  • to encourage all people to strengthen the emergency preparedness of health services in their community by donating blood;
  • to engage authorities in the establishment of effective national blood donor programmes with the capacity to respond promptly to the increase in blood demand during emergencies;
  • to promote the inclusion of blood transfusion services in national emergency preparedness and response activities;
  • to build wider public awareness of the need for committed, year-round blood donation, in order to maintain adequate supplies and achieve a national self-sufficiency of blood;
  • to celebrate and thank individuals who donate blood regularly and to encourage young people to become new donors as well;
  • to promote international collaboration and to ensure worldwide dissemination of and consensus on the principles of voluntary non-remunerated donation, while increasing blood safety and availability.

Host for this year’s World Blood Donor Day events – Viet Nam

The host country for the global event of World Blood Donor Day 2017 is Viet Nam through its National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT). The Global event will be held in Hanoi on 14 June 2017.

Newsletter released!

We just released our 8th newsletter with information especially about the project and pilot progress, and also the future of DoHeCa! You can download the newsletter here.

Evaluation of the EU blood and tissues and cells legislation

The Commission is currently carrying out an evaluation of the EU blood and tissues and cells legislation. This is the first formal evaluation of this legislation since the adoption of the basic Acts in 2002 (blood) and 2004 (tissues and cells). This evaluation is in line with the Commission’s Better Regulation Package and aims to assess whether the legislation has achieved its original objectives and whether it is still fit for purpose. The evaluation will consist of several steps starting with a Roadmap and including a study by an external contractor and extensive consultation of stakeholders. The final evaluation report is expected to be published by the end of 2018.

More information can be found here.

Newsletter released!

We just released our 7th newsletter with information about the pilot progress and especially the introduction of our new team members! You can download the newsletter here.

Amsterdam Consortium meeting

While the students are piloting the course, we are looking ahead to our planned meeting in February, making sure we will meet the CHAFEA deadline of April 2017 for finishing the project!

Liver Awareness Month – October

A month devoted to the importance of liver awareness gives you the opportunity to focus on the important role the liver plays. You can also learn about different forms of liver disease including the threat posed by obesity and fatty livers.

And to begin, why not take the quick quiz to test your knowledge about liver disease? It’s definitely quick — just four questions with the answers!

• How many people in America have one form or another of liver disease? (Answer: 30 million)

• How many types of disease are there? (Answer: More than 100.)

• Is it possible to have liver disease and not know about it? (Answer: Yes, the shocking fact is that about 75 percent of the population infected with hepatitis B and hepatitis C is unaware they are even infected.)

• Is it true that liver disease is primarily caused by alcohol and drug abuse? (Answer: No, while it continues to be one of the causes, the truth is that liver disease can occur for many other reasons including the mounting obesity rate in the United States.)

Publication of scientific research

A number of are DoHeCa partners are actively involved in scientific research: congratulations to Tom Vuk and colleagues with the publication of the following paper!

Investigation of iron status in blood donors

Tomislav Vuk, Karin Magnussen, Wim de Kort, Gilles Folléa, Giancarlo M. Liumbruno, Harald Schennach, Giovani Vandewalle, Veerle Compernolle, Natalia Masharova, Georgia Karakatsiani, Isabella Argyrou, Vít Rehácek, Gulara Khanirzajeva, Johanna Castrén, Bruno Danic, Rachid Djoudi, Geneviève Woimant, Markus M. Mueller, Constantina Politis, Stefania Vaglio, Anita Daugavvanaga, Edita Vilutyte, Jean-Claude Faber, Denise Borg-Aquilina, Peter van den Burg, Arlinke Bokhorst, Ryszard Poglód, Jolanta Antoniewicz-Papis, Mario Muon, Olivia L. Burta, Jana Rosochová, Polonca Mali, Miguel A. Vesga, Karin Schneider, Rut Norda, Nicky Anderson

ABSTRACTFULL PDF – Published online: 07/09/2016