Students donate blood

March 16, 2009

Courtesy by: thenews.com.pk

PESHAWAR: Hamza Foundation organised blood donation camps at various places of the Peshawar city and Nowshera district on Thursday.

The camps were set up at Pakistan Degree College Nowshera, Khyber Model Degree College Nowshera, Fast University Peshawar and Preston University Peshawar. Taking part in the event the students donated 195 bags of blood.

Director Dr Fakhruz Zaman RMO Mohammad Ishfaq and Program Coordinator Ibrarullah Jan lauding the high spirit of the students for their voluntarily services urged them to extend all kinds of help to the people suffering from Thalassemia.

They delivered lectures to create awareness among people regarding the disease and how to take care of such patients. Chairman and Founder of Hamza Foundation, Ejaz Ali Khan thanked the students for the warm participation in the great cause of blood collection.


A Thanksgiving Message From New York Blood Center

March 16, 2009

Courtesy by: br.sys-con.com

Your blood donation will save lives this holiday season

NEW YORK, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As we approach Thanksgiving, “black Friday” and the holiday season, New York Blood Center (NYBC) calls upon the community to please remember the children and families whose lives are stricken by diagnoses that require frequent blood transfusions for recovery and survival. Among these diseases are: Leukemia and other forms of cancer, thalassemia and aplastic anemias, sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other diseases for which there is no universal cure.

Please take a moment from the holiday shuffle to donate blood. Winter holidays are a time when blood supply decreases while emergency needs remain the same. It is also a time when it becomes more difficult to find precise blood matches for those that are very sick.

The autumn celebration in late 1621 that became known as “The First Thanksgiving” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving) is described by historians as a solemn ceremony of praise and thanks. Today, we are thankful for and recognize those who are alive today due to the selfless giving of blood donors. These people have survived to share Thanksgiving and the holiday season in the company of family and friends. They describe themselves as truly blessed:

Matthew Long is a firefighter who was critically injured when he was struck and pinned by a charter bus while riding his bike to work. He received 68 blood transfusions in the first 24 to 48 hours following his accident.

“Family, friends and strangers came, stepped up to the plate, and donated blood. For that I say thank you. You saved my life,” said Long, who returned to the New York City Marathon on November 2 and finished the race.

Rina Evans is happy to celebrate the holidays with her daughter, Ariana, who was born prematurely at only 29 weeks. Blood transfusions helped sustain her daughter’s health until she reached a safe weight and development to come home.

“I’m just so blessed that I have my daughter here. I just want to say Thank You to everybody that donated blood. I’m so grateful,” Evans said.

Still, some continue to wait patiently for a blood donor who is a compatible match for them, and wonder if this holiday season will be their last. People with a rare blood type and others who require frequent transfusions may develop, over time, antibodies in their blood. This requires more and more precisely-matched red cell transfusions to avoid a negative reaction. More multicultural blood donors are also needed, to maintain a diverse inventory of compatible blood.

We urge the public to please call 1-800-933-BLOOD or visit http://www.nybloodcenter.org to schedule an appointment to donate blood this holiday season. It is easy to get consumed by holiday shopping and arrangements, but the person who is fighting for his or her life is counting on YOU to give the ultimate gift – the gift of life.

We thank every individual blood donor and the wide variety of organizations that sponsor blood drives throughout the busy and often distracting holiday season.


They donated blood to celebrate new year

March 14, 2009

Courtesy by: timesofindia.com

AHMEDABAD: Bestu Varas means different things for different people. There were some who decided to begin the new year by donating blood. “Our idea was to celebrate by spreading a message of humanity,” says Milan Modi who organized a blood donation camp at Naranpura and donated blood along with his wife. “Many people go on vacation during Diwali and supply of blood is at a critical stage in hospitals,” says Modi, a cable operator and businessman.

Rakesh Mehta, a structural designer in city went to Red Cross at Paldi on Sunday afternoon to donate blood. “I am a regular blood donor. Every three months I come here for the purpose. I am more happy this time, as it will be of bigger help to thalassemia patients,” says Mehta, who donated blood for the 11th time. Sources say Diwali vacation is a crucial time for blood banks as college students and other institutes are on vacation. “Many people in the city have donated blood as their new year resolution. We welcome their decision and want more people to join them,” says Mahesh Trivedi, Honorary Secretary, Red Cross Society-Ahmedabad.

“Our major source of blood donation are educational and other institutes. But they are closed for holidays. So, we have to organise blood donation camps, particularly for thalassemia patients. There is no blood shortage but particular blood groups are required more in this time,” adds Trivedi.


Thalassemia Care Centre Badin organizes a blood camp

March 14, 2009

BADIN: Thalassemia Care Centre Badin organized a one day blood camp with the collaboration of National College of Arts and Science at the National College of Arts and Science on Wednesday. On the occasion, the students of the college donated 50 bottles of blood. Addressing on the occasion; the DDO (Revenue) Nazir Ahmed Qureshi said that he is very glad to see the excitement of the students of National College of Arts and Science. He urged the administration of the other colleges to create awareness amongst the students of their colleges for welfare work. Addressing on the occasion, the Principal of the college, Syed Tahir Ahmed Shah said that the Islam is the religion of peace and it teaches us to protect the lives of human being. He urged the Pakistani people to participate in these types of welfare activities.


Wasl supports UAE GDA

March 14, 2009

Courtesy by: tradearabia.com

Wasl, the asset management group owned by Dubai Real Estate Corporation (DREC), said it is strategically supporting the UAE Genetic Diseases Association’s (UAE GDA) drive against Thalassemia through highly informative awareness sessions on the genetic disorder.

This support endorses the national health campaign – ‘Emirates Free of Thalassemia 2012’ – and is the first project of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association (UAEGDA) established under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and launched by Dr Maryam Matar, executive director of the UAEGDA.

The awareness campaign that was rolled out in September came as part of wasl’s corporate social responsibility and included an expert-led talk, benefitting more than 270 staff members.

In its current phase, UAEGDA is offering screening programmes for most common inherited blood disorders, including sickle cell and Beta – Thalassemia for wasl employees throughout the month of October.

Alya Al Mutawa, the general manager – Marketing and Corporate Communications, wasl, said: “The partnership with the UAE Genetic Diseases Association indicates our determined support in their initiative towards minimising the percentage of this genetic disorder that continues to affect several members of our society in the UAE.

“As a responsible employer, wasl places high emphasis on the overall well-being of its staff members.

“In striking this alliance with UAEGDA, we aim to spread awareness within our organisation and among community members. Effectively, we believe our proactive stance will greatly contribute to the betterment of our community.”

Common genetic blood disorders prevalent in the community like Thalassemia are  characterised by defective productions of haemoglobin, leading to the over-destruction of red blood cells.

The clinical severity of Thalassemia varies greatly depending on the exact nature of the genes that a person inherits. The severe type of Thalassemia is terrible and a debilitating disorder to live with.

Dr Maryam Matar, executive director of UAE Genetic Diseases Association, said: “We are delighted that an organisation such as wasl has come forward to participate in our mission in line with the UAE federal government’s vision to make the country free of Thalassemia disease by the year 2012.

“We welcome the support of wasl in raising awareness and reducing the impact of commonly inherited  blood disorders ensuring that our future generations are born healthy. We also thank the government and corporate groups for helping us meet our objectives.”

The UAEGDA has been able to considerably reduce the impact of common genetic disorders prevalent in the country through its community outreach programmes, health education, counselling and free screening tests.

UAEGDA now has a free genetic clinic and a state-of-the-art screening facility supervised by internationally renowned experts. UAEGDA has been conducting free screening for students studying in various colleges and universities across the country.

With  the introduction of mobile units, screening has been extended to remote areas and to corporate groups.

As  an extension of wasl’s support to UAEGDA’s continuous initiatives, the asset management company has allocated a villa in Jumeirah to the UAE Genetic Disease Association for enabling it to continue its mission not only for the implementation of this campaign but also to help support its future initiatives. – TradeArabia News Service


wasl Supports UAE Genetic Diseases Association’s Drive against Inherited Blood Disorders

March 14, 2009

Courtesy by: Zawya.com

Dubai: 25 October, 2008 – wasl, the asset management group owned by Dubai Real Estate Corporation (DREC), today announced its strategic support for the UAE Genetic Diseases Association’s (UAE GDA) drive against Thalassemia through holding highly informative awareness sessions on the genetic disorder.

This support endorses the national health campaign – ‘Emirates Free of Thalassemia 2012’ – and is the first project of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association (UAEGDA) established under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and launched by Dr. Maryam Matar, Executive Director of the UAEGDA.

The awareness campaign that was rolled out in September came as part of wasl’s corporate social responsibility and included an expert-led talk, benefitting more than 270 staff members. In its current phase, UAEGDA is offering screening programmes for most common inherited blood disorders, including sickle cell and Beta – Thalassemia for wasl employees throughout the month of October.

Alya Al Mutawa, the General Manager – Marketing and Corporate Communications, wasl, said: “The partnership with the UAE Genetic Diseases Association indicates our determined support in their initiative towards minimizing the percentage of this genetic disorder that continues to affect several members of our society in the UAE.

“As a responsible employer, wasl places high emphasis on the overall well-being of its staff members. In striking this alliance with UAEGDA, we aim to spread awareness within our organization and among community members. Effectively, we believe our proactive stance will greatly contribute to the betterment of our community.”

Common genetic blood disorders prevalent in the community like Thalassemia are characterized by defective productions of haemoglobin, leading to the over-destruction of red blood cells. The clinical severity of Thalassemia varies greatly depending on the exact nature of the genes that a person inherits. The severe type of Thalassemia is terrible and debilitating disorder to live with.

Dr. Maryam Matar, Executive Director of UAE Genetic Diseases Association, said: “We are delighted that an organisation such as wasl has come forward to participate in our mission in line with the UAE federal government’s vision to make the country free of Thalassemia disease by the year 2012. We welcome the support of wasl in raising awareness and reducing the impact of commonly inherited blood disorders ensuring that our future generations are born healthy. We also thank the government and corporate groups for helping us meet our objectives.”

The UAEGDA has been able to considerably reduce the impact of common genetic disorders prevalent in the country through its community outreach programmes, health education, counselling and free screening tests. UAEGDA now has a free genetic clinic and a state-of-the-art screening facility supervised by internationally renowned experts. UAEGDA has been conducting free screening for students studying in various colleges and universities across the country. With the introduction of mobile units, screening has been extended to remote areas and to corporate groups.

As an extension of wasl’s support to UAEGDA’s continuous initiatives, the asset management company has allocated a villa in Jumeirah to the UAE Genetic Disease Association for enabling it to continue its mission not only for the implementation of this campaign but also to help support its future initiatives.


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