Since in Peru health facilities need around 600,000 units of blood to treat emergencies and other treatments, but blood banks have less than half of that number, the British Embassy in Peru has decided to organize a blood donation event this Saturday, June 23.
Along with the British Peruvian Chamber of Commerce and the National Institute of Child Health, citizens between 18 and 55 years old, who meet certain requirements are invited to participate in the event from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Residence of the British Ambassador (Tomasal 475, Monterrico, Surco), said the embassy in a press release.
Only 1% of the Peruvian population donates blood voluntarily, and currently, blood donations in Peru work by replacement units.
“Those that require blood in hospitals need to search for people willing to donate blood voluntarily, as well as campaigns of the Ministry of Health and private organizations, such as donor clubs”, Traveling and Living in Peru explained a few weeks ago.
According to Esteban Pacheco, project director of the Cendeit Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), this situation is related to infrastructure and management problems of the more than 230 donations centers in Peru, that operate in an isolated manner, according to information from El Comercio.
“Giving blood is a very simple and noble way to save lives and contribute to the welfare of all. That is why from the Embassy we saw in this a very brave and solidary cause, with which we are very happy to contribute”, they informed in a press release.