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World Blood Donor Day 2014 - Safe Blood for Saving Mothers

What does it mean to give 100 per cent? Giving it your all, putting in everything you have, not leaving a drop to chance?

For many mothers, giving 100 per cent during childbirth may not be enough to survive without an additional supply of safe blood. More than 800 women die every day from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications, almost all in developing countries. Severe bleeding during delivery or after childbirth contributes to 21 per cent of maternal deaths in Latin America alone.

Today on World Blood Donor Day, we celebrate those who give 100 per cent. The volunteers who give blood to save those who give life. Read more

Stories from around the world

  • Evelyn Dejonckheere
  • Evelyn has just given birth to a beautiful baby daughter. But what should have been one of the greatest moments of her life turned into a real drama. Luckily, it all went well in the end.
  • Roberto Garza
  • 2 years ago I didn’t know anything about the importance of Voluntary Blood Donation for a country, a region and the world.
  • Kenya
  • Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person – the gift of life. Research shows that every ten minutes, three people in Kenya need blood and at least 200,000 units are needed each.
  • Ecuador
  • ‘Another life depends on you’ is the message behind the massive voluntary blood donation campaign carried out by the Ecuadorian Red Cross.

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