Underlining this need, Maameh revealed, “In 2018, only 60,000 units of blood was received from voluntary unpaid donors out of a needed 300,000 units.”
“Geographic and financial access to adequate and safe blood and blood products remained critical for many individuals and communities,” the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Blood Service Ghana, Dr Justina K Ansah, was quoted saying by World Health Organization in 2019.
“Blood transfusion was an indispensable intervention in health care delivery that contributed to saving thousands of lives each year in routine and emergency cases,” Dr. Ansah was quoted saying.
According to her, “With a Ghanaian Catholic population of almost three million, 30,000 donors (1 percent of the Catholic population) sounds realistic. This will represent 10 percent of NBSG’s annual target of 300,000 units per year, contributing tremendously to stocking our blood banks.”
The six dioceses that participated in the Campaign last year were Accra, Techiman, Navrongo-Bolgatanga, Sunyani, Cape Coast and Tamale with Accra and Techiman contributing more than 80 percent of the nationwide total.
This campaign was championed by the National Catholic Blood Donation Campaign Team under the theme, “Family of God: Give Blood So Others May Live.”
“We are re-launching the campaign this year (2020) with 10,000 units of Blood as our target. We are continuing with the same theme and slogan for 2020: Be There for Someone: Give Blood,” Maameh told ACI Africa correspondent, adding that “the Sub Committee decided to maintain 2019’s Campaign theme, slogan and tagline for 2020 since the initiative is just picking up.”
Explaining the campaign objective, Maameh said it is aimed to help stock blood banks across the 16 regions in Ghana as a Catholic commitment to society, make blood donation a lifestyle for Catholics as part of their social duty and service to humanity and give the Catholic circles publicity through the campaign.
“With the blessings of the Bishops, the 2020 National Campaign will be launched soon and replicated at the provincial levels to conscientize Catholics on the need to support the National Blood Service,” Maameh said.
According to the Brand Ambassador, Catholic churches all over Ghana were already embarking on blood donation exercises. She however noted that the impact could be better felt and recognized if efforts are coordinated.