“N-avem SANGE?!” (www.n-avemsange.ro) is a program run by the HEM Association, for the National Institute of Blood Transfusion and represents a nationwide effort to support voluntary blood donation.
The figures provided by the World Health Organization place Romania in the crash area in terms of the number of donors, who are less than 2% compared to the European average which is around 4%. However, this is not the only problem. There is also an aging process among constant donors and the problem of one time donation. Mostly young and eligible people donate one time and they do not return for another donation.
Therefore, there is an urgent need for a sustainable process of educating people, as the lack of blood for transfusions affects the entire society. Blood is actually a living tissue and not just a colored liquid, a part of it can be stored for up to 42 days, while another part for only 6 days. These things are likely to make our efforts even more complicated, but in the same time, these also bring us extra motivation.
Therefore, our mission is to develop and strengthen as large a community of donors as possible, and to help them understand the wonderful health benefits that regular blood donation can offer. In this regard we have here an interview with Dr. Corina Posea, one of the best haematologists in Romania: http://n-avemsange.ro/2018/06/29/150-000-de-vieti-pe-an/
Within our donor community we have structured a core of blood donation ambassadors, which we have suggestively named #bloodfluencers. Their group is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/151237075453912/?ref=bookmarks
Bloodfluencers are donors and also people with leadership DNA, oriented towards social activism, and we want to increase the cohesion of their group, including by partnering in events such as those organized by ABRC where thousands of runners have chosen to support us.
So stay in touch with our cause, donate and tell everyone about it!