Facing the Future – Blood Funding Needed

HOPE worldwide Kenya in partnership with the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services has been involved in blood safety for over 10 years.  For many years the Blood Safety Program has been supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). PEPFAR is now changing direction to focus on care and treatment of HIV infected people and on key populations. This leaves a gap in the country in regard to being able to mobilize for safe blood.

HOPE worldwide Kenya volunteers recruiting blood donors in Nairobi

Early this year, HWWK’s Margaret Mwangi, the Blood Safety Team Lead, attended a regional conference – 7th African Society for Blood Transfusion Congress, in Zimbabwe where she outlined Kenya’s situation regarding blood safety and the crucial role that NGOS, including HOPE worldwide Kenya, are playing in recruiting blood donors. Each year, Kenya faces a deficit in blood donations.

From 2010 to 2013 blood donations increased across the country with 17% of this increase   directly attributed to the work of HOPE worldwide Kenya. There was also an  increase in the number of repeat donors from 37% in 2006 to 42% in 2013.

With a population at 38,610,972, Kenya needs a minimum of 380,000 units annually (as per WHO guidelines), but currently only collects about 160,000.

HOPE worldwide Kenya trains community based and faith based group leaders on blood safety, mobilization and donation, and helps to build their capacity to be self-sustaining.

HWWK and its team of dedicated mobilizers set up tents in downtown Nairobi and Eldoret where the general public can donate blood and obtain information about blood donation.  The mobilizers also walk the streets speaking to members of the public about the importance of donating blood.

We are appealing to donors, corporate entities, and the general public to donate funds to help HOPE worldwide Kenya continue in their efforts to help the country through safe blood donor mobilization. You can donate here.

Donating blood in Nairobi