Give Someone A Chance To Live

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked: “if I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But….the Good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him. Many lives are lost daily in our hospitals for lack of the invaluable pint of blood. As this is happening, many wonder why they should donate. This question is understood when you have a patient who needs blood and it is not available immediately. The doctors may request for an emergency blood donation for the patient .When this happens, the value of blood donations becomes evident.

When a country experiences a crisis like the collapsed building along Nairobi’s Ronald Ngala Street or the Bomb blast many people volunteer to donate and the response is overwhelmingly positive. What most of the people do not understand is that blood shortage is a daily crisis in the Kenyan hospitals. As each day begins  there is a patient  going through surgery, an accident victim loosing blood, a woman in the delivery room  loosing blood and may loose her life or that of her baby, a blood cancer patient ,………… the list is endless. All these cries are covered under the hospital bed sheets, voices too weak to be heard by healthier people walking in the streets.

HOPE worldwide Kenya blood safety program together with the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services (KNBTS) is making a difference. Through the funding from Centre for disease Control (CDC) the faint, fragile and weak voices of the patients are being responded to by appealing for blood donation.

Kenya as a country heavily relies on blood supply from high schools who contribute over 70% of the blood donated. What happens during the holiday months when schools are out of session? Where do we get blood from, what happens to the patients? Regardless of the adults making up a larger percentage of the population they donate less. This creates a need to encourage them to become regular voluntary blood donors. Did you know you can make a change?  Most of us donated blood during our high school days perhaps in order to the get the incentive of a soda and bread given by the medical practitioners.  Others would give blood out of peer pressure.

HWWK is making blood donation services accessible and possible through blood safety education. Are you above 16 years and below 65 years of age?, you would be eligible to donate after a thorough health check.  We work with Faith Based Organizations and Community Based Organizations. We all can make a difference in someone’s life this holiday by donating a pint of blood or encouraging someone to donate. You can also organize for a blood drive within your church, temple or mosque or with a community based group. You will find blood donation tents within the central business districts in Nairobi and other towns.  In Nairobi you can find donation tents at the Bomb blast memorial site and Kencom bus terminus.

Give someone another chance, save a life today by donating a pint of blood.  For blood donation is a show of love.

It is safe and it saves.