Blood donor association prepares emergency supplies for festival period


The Maternal Blood Donor Association is prepared to provide emergency donations during the Myanmar New Year’s water festival from 13 to 16 April, Chairwoman Daw Mi Mi Aye said Friday.
Road accidents occur more frequently during the festival period, with the majority of incidents linked to alcohol consumption, according to police.
More than 50 blood donors of the association are on call, most of whom are staff and monks, the association chairwoman told the Global New Light of Myanmar.
“We donate blood mostly to Yangon Children’s Hospital that receives many patients with blood diseases like haemophilia and blood cancer, but we also makes blood donation to other hospitals if necessary,” she said.
A 30-year-old donor U Zaw Aye said, “I love donating blood because I want to help people’s lives. My blood type, O, can be given to people with any blood type.”
“A donation can help save up to three people,” said Daw Mi Mi Aye, who said more donors
were needed.
Since its establishment in 2011, the MBDA has donated 6,000 bottles of blood. In addition to blood donation, the association has provided cash assistance of over K6,600,000, including to disaster victims and others in difficult circumstances.
It is also planning to conduct a fund-raising activity in Yangon this year, the chairwoman said.

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