Become a blood donor – Informanté
The Namibian Blood Transfusion Service (NamBTS) has launched an awareness campaign to improve blood donations in the country in hopes of addressing the shortage.
In 2016, NamBTS launched a peer promotion program for secondary schools across the country.
Titus Shivute, Supervisor: Donor Recruitment and Public Relations, said the latest campaign was held in 2020 in all secondary schools that host blood donation clinics.
Shivute was speaking during an engagement with students at Mweshipandeka Secondary School on Thursday, saying they were aiming to revive the program after it was put on hold due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic .
In 2015, NamBTS conducted a pilot program for learners at A. Shipena Secondary School in Windhoek, to raise awareness and increase the number of blood donations made at the school.
At the time, 89 donations were made of which 38 were first-time blood donors.
Shivute said they expect to visit 200 schools by the end of the peer promoter outreach campaign.
NamBTS concluded the program last week in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. They are currently visiting schools in the northern regions and will travel to the Khomas region for their next peer promotion program.
Attendees said nervousness, discouragement from peers and the need to be rewarded are some of the challenges blood donations face in many schools.
A 12th grade student from Mwadikange Kaulinge Secondary School, Moses Josua, said the best way to get students to donate blood is to encourage them and educate them on the importance of saving lives through blood donation. blood donation.
Peer promoters are selected by the school to be ambassadors for blood donation by helping to set up clinics and ensuring that clinics are well attended by learners.