World Blood Donor Day Celebrations 2014

‘Safe blood for saving mothers’

Team spirit filled the air as blood donor recruiting partners joined in marking the World Blood Donor Day in honor of blood donors.  Led by the Ministry Of Health, in conjunction with the KNBTS, all partners arrived early at Uhuru Park, the designated venue, to prepare and be part of the celebrations.

The colorful event was graced by Her Excellency the First lady Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta; the cabinet secretary for Health, Mr. James Macharia; WHO Country Representative, Dr. Custodia Mandlhate; the principal secretary for Health Prof. Fred Segor; the US Ambassador to Kenya H.E Mr. Robert F Godec; Nairobi Deputy Governor, Mr. Jonatan Mueke; the Director of Medical Services, Dr. Francis Kimani and the Director, Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services (KNBTS), Dr. Margaret Oduor, among other guests.

Her Excellency the First lady awards Kiambu Boys High School for being the highest donors in Kiambu County

The global theme ‘safe blood for saving mothers’  resonated with the first lady’s ‘Beyond Zero’ campaign initiative for zero maternal deaths and also help the government achieve the millennium development goal 4 and 5 that focus on maternal and child health by the year 2015.

Despite current funding challenges affecting blood donation programs in the country, the determination to create awareness on importance of blood donation and becoming self-sustaining is a top priority.  In his speech, the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Mr. James Macharia said that a percentage of the health budget had been apportioned to support blood programs in the country.

Mr. Wycliffe Gavali, the North Rift HWWK Blood Safety recruiter join the Lugulu girls representatives in celebrating their achievement

The first lady urged Kenyans to play their part in the drive to bring blood to every Kenyan who needs it. She noted that her participation in the London Marathon was just the start and that she would keep running until she realize the ‘Beyond Zero’ dream of creating a better and safer Kenya for mothers and children. She was pleased to note that so far the Beyond Zero had received funds from friends and well-wishers to purchase 10 mobile clinics.

Mr. Jimmy Kinyanjui, HWWK Financial and Administration Director is happy to support the cause

Grace Njagi – A HWWK, blood safety volunteer, with her daughter pose for a photo at the WBDD Event

HOPE worldwide Kenya’s blood safety volunteers were busy on the ground ready to serve, share and celebrate. They were recognized for their invaluable contribution towards the achievement of a self- sufficient blood donor program.