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Cipla Relaunches 'Hope in Every Drop' Campaign to Boost Blood Donation

“We know safe blood and safe blood properties are something we need every day and without it, the country continues to lose valuable citizens. As a company that cares for the life of Ugandans, we want to use this campaign to continue imploring Ugandans to donate blood and save lives,” said Ajar Kumar, Chief Executive Officer of CiplaQCIL.
posted onFebruary 7, 2023
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Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited (CiplaQCIL) has partnered with Mengo Rotary Blood Bank to relaunch its campaign named Hope in Every Drop to boost blood supply.

According to a Tuesday statement from Cipla, while blood donation in Uganda increased from 76% in 2020/2021 to 80% post-Covid lockdown, donors haven't been able to produce the required 450,000 units per year.

The statement cites an increase in malaria cases and road accidents during the festive season and notes that the blood shortage poses a risk to women suffering from bleeding associated with pregnancy and childbirth, anemic children, and patients undergoing surgeries among others.

Reports indicate that Uganda uses 1,000 units of blood daily, yet only about 300,000 units of blood are collected annually against the required 450,000 units, leaving a big deficit.

“We know safe blood and safe blood properties are something we need every day and without it, the country continues to lose valuable citizens. As a company that cares for the life of Ugandans, we want to use this campaign to continue imploring Ugandans to donate blood and save lives,” said Ajar Kumar, Chief Executive Officer of CiplaQCIL.

With a population of 45 million people, Uganda currently has a total of about 80,000-90,000 registered blood donors. Many of these donors are students who are inaccessible during school breaks thus affecting the blood supply in the country.

“It’s absurd that we are still losing our brothers and sisters due to shortage of blood in hospitals across the country. We have the power to change this narrative only if we donate blood since this is not something that cannot be manufactured,” said Dr. Frank Kakuba, head of Mengo Rotary Blood Bank. 

The Hope in Every Drop campaign is hoped to raise more than 1,000 units of blood during the period from February 1 to February 15.

During this period, people will be educated about blood donation, according to the statement. To participate in the campaign, the numbers to call are 078 2614 316/ 074 0428 201, but you need to be aged 17 to 75, weigh a minimum of 50kgs, be in good health and lead a low-risk lifestyle.

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