The IFRC supports our 192 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to deliver and promote safe and sustainable blood programmes around the world. In 2020, they supported nearly 21 million people to donate blood.
One blood donation can save as many as three lives. Sustainable and quality blood services play a critical role in the health of a society and in preparing for, and responding to, disasters.
Blood can be used for lots of different life-saving purposes, including:
- assisting patients undergoing surgery
- treating diseases such as anaemia and malaria
- caring for patients on chemotherapy
- supporting women with complications during childbirth
While the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes that it is the responsibility of governments to ensure a safe and adequate supply of blood, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in many countries, as auxiliaries to their governments, play an important role in promoting safe and sustainable blood programmes.
National Society activities
Full blood service provision
Around one quarter of National Societies are responsible for blood service delivery in their national blood programmes.
Systematic blood donor recruitment
Our volunteers help their communities understand the need and importance of donating blood, mobilizing them to become blood donors.
Advocating for voluntary non-remunerated blood donation (VNRBD)
Blood is our common life-source. Donated blood should be available to all patients who need it, regardless of who they are, where they are or their ability to pay.
Promoting safe and sustainable national blood systems policy
Blood safety is a critical underpinning for safe blood transfusion and health systems. People in all countries have a right to expect that the blood and blood products supplied to them are gathered, produced and provided in a safe and sustainable way that supports their communities and their health systems.