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“All for 1%”: Morocco on the way to reaching the goal recommended by WHO in Blood donation

Last year, the proportion of blood donors compared to the total population was 0.94%, or 321,336 blood donors, an honorable figure that approaches more than ever the minimum threshold of safety.

Morocco is poised to break its national record to reach a blood donor rate of 1% compared to the general population, the minimum rate recommended by the WHO to meet the need for blood products, said the director of the National Center for Blood Transfusion and Hematology (CNTSH), Mohamed Benajiba.

To achieve this goal and on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day, all blood centers were called to mobilize with the slogan “All for 1%”, using all means to at their disposal and by proposing each one its program of collection and promotion of donations of blood and by targeting for each Center of transfusion a total of 363,377 blood donors by the end of the year, a figure largely sufficient to graze the 1pc recommended by the World Health Organization, said the director.

According to the most recent statistics for the first quarter of 2019, a total of 90,880 blood donors were counted against 40,869 donors for the same period last year, which suggests good prospects by the end of the year. The transfusion centers are mobilized with the slogan “All for 1%”, using all means at their disposal and each proposing its program of collection and promotion of blood donations and targeting for each Center transfusion a total of 363,377 blood donors by the end of the year, a figure more than enough to reach the 1pc recommended by the World Health Organization, said the director.

The number of donations collected each year does not meet the increase in demand, especially as the correlation between the consumption of blood products and the number of blood donations is still unbalanced, said the director of the CNTSH. For example, over the past 4 years, the consumption of blood products has recorded an annual increase rate of 28%.

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