Severe shortage of A and O blood groups in Dubai

January 16, 2011


Al Wasl Hospital Blood Bank in Dubai is facing shortage and urgently require type A and O donors (both positive and negative). It is needed for kids suffering from thalassemia and cancer, as well as serious of traffic accidents victims.

When contacted, a staff member at the Blood Bank said that they have sent text messages to regular donors requesting them to come forward to donate blood.

“Blood Bank urgently requires type A and O. But all other blood types are also needed. We need large amount of blood to carry out blood transfusion for thalassemia patients. We have more than 40 thalassemia patients who need transfusion every three weeks.

“We supply blood to hospitals, and in case of accidents we must be prepared and have sufficient amount of blood to give to patients. This is a very serious issue and the lives of many depends on the availability of blood.”

The Blood Bank is open till 6pm every day to receive blood from donors. For further information, please call Al Wasl Hospital on 04 3241111.

However, Al Wasl as asked people not to call as that line may be busy but to come straight to the hospital and donate the blood.


New centres for blood donation in 2011

December 31, 2010

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The Dubai Health Authority in collaboration with hospitals and health centres has announced the opening of new blood donation centres from early next year.

According to Dr Laila Al Shaer, Director, Dubai Centre, a number of new sites in each of the hospitals will be announced during the coming year.

In addition to this, a number of health centres will be launched, all with the latest equipment, resources and specialised staff needed to receive blood donors.

Dr Shaer said the move comes in response to the growing demand for blood and blood products.

Statistics show the annual number of blood units that have been made available during this year amounted to 28,430, including 12,864 units for Thalassemia Centre, and 14,103 units for hospitals (Rashid Hospital — 7,569 units, Dubai Hospital — 4,147 units and Al Wasl Hospital — 2,387 units). A total of 1,463 units of blood were provided to private hospitals.

The Director of the Dubai Centre for blood donation commended that the existence of such centres will allow community members the opportunity to participate in saving the lives of others and alleviating the suffering of patients while remaining involved in the provision of blood.

Dr Shaer said contribution to this project is to increase the inventory status of the blood by up to 20 per cent.

The role of the new centres will be complementary to blood donation campaigns being organised by the centre on a daily basis.

S.S. Lootah blood donors reach new milestone

October 1, 2010


The number of registered regular blood donors at S.S. Lootah Group, the Dubai based business conglomerate, has reached 170 yesterday. The new record number has been achieved during the bi-annual Blood Donation Drive, organized in association with Dubai Health Authority, to support Thalassemia patients and alleviate potential shortfalls in the emirate’s blood bank.

“S.S. Lootah started the blood donation drive in 2004, as a CSR initiative with a few volunteers. Today, we are able to maintain a healthy pool of blood donors with 170 regular donors, among them 9 have rare blood types. We are glad that our employees have taken our message to heart and become regular, committed donors,” said Naema Al Hamrani, Corporate Communications Manager.

Talking about the common misconception in donating blood, Kalthoom Mohammed Al Tahri, Community Programs Coordinator at S.S. Lootah Group, said, “Many of our employees were afraid to donate blood for reasons varying from worry about pain to fear of catching a disease. Our persistent efforts on awareness and promotion have helped in removing their apprehension while evolving a change in attitude and culture.”

Having a rare blood type, Amira El Haj never realized the importance of donating blood until she took part in the Lootah campaign six years ago. Amira says that she is now emotionally attached to this initiative and looks forward to an opportunity to donate blood whenever possible. Increased employee participation with about 31,500 ml. of blood collected this year is testimony to the fact that the Blood Donation Drive has succeeded in making a difference.

S.S. Lootah Group’s community programs have earned respect and recognition worldwide. The programs’ focus is on empowering leadership among Emirati students, SME entrepreneurs support, community awareness, relief, education, sustainability among others.

Rouse Organises Blood Donation Drive At Twin Towers

September 13, 2010


Dubai Investment Properties, one of the leading real estate developers in the UAE, today announced that Rouse, a leading intellectual property (IP) consultancy, is holding a blood donation drive on September 14, 2010 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Twin Towers in Deira. The third annual blood donation drive, which is a part of the company’s global CSR programme ‘Rouse Cares’, will be held in association with the Dubai Health Authority to support patients suffering from thalassemia and other life-threatening ailments.

“Patients suffering from thalassaemia, cancer, accidents and other life threatening conditions need blood to save their lives. This ever-increasing demand of blood can only be met through voluntary blood donations,” says Mr. Jon Parker, Partner, Rouse. “Through our Rouse Cares programme, we aim to help improve the lives of others through sustainable initiatives and by growing roots in each country where we work. We are happy to organise our annual blood donation drive in association with the Dubai Health Authority where our staff, partners and clients can make a contribution to meet the continued need for blood at hospitals.”

The third annual blood donation drive will be held on the third floor of the Twin Towers. Employees, partners and guests are expected to voluntarily come forward to donate in large numbers. Rouse expects the donations to surpass last year’s number of 100 units. The DHA authorities will provide full medical equipment, information and support at the blood donation campaign.

“We commend Rouse for organising the blood donation campaign during the Eid period and are happy to whole-heartedly support it. Twin Towers will offer them all the facilities and services required to make this blood donation a mega success. We are sure DIP’s staff and other tenants at Twin Towers will also come out in full force to support Rouse’s blood donation campaign,” says Mr. Deepak Chawla, Operations Manager at DIP.

Globally, Rouse supports initiatives to help improve the lives of the local community through its ‘Rouse Cares’ programmer. The support ranges from providing legal support on a pro bono basis, supporting charitable institutions and working directly with community organisations.

Modhesh Friends Forum participants visit Dubai Thalassemia Center

July 30, 2010


Children participating in Modhesh Friends Forum, organised by Dubai eGovernment as part of Dubai Summer Surprises 2010 being held from June 17 to August 7, were recently taken on a visit to the Dubai Thalassemia Center in Al Wasl Hospital. The children were accompanied by representatives from Dubai eGovernment, supervisors of Modhesh Friends Forum, in addition to several specialist doctors and staff from the Thalassemia Center, who together were focused on bringing a smile to the faces of thalassemia-afflicted children. Modhesh, the ever smiling character was also present to cheer up the children.

The visit to the center underlines Dubai eGovernment’s strong commitment to corporate social responsibility efforts, which benefit all community segments, including children diagnosed with thalassemia. Dubai Thalassemia Center is the UAE’s first specialized center to provide support and care to thalassemia-afflicted people.

The visit by Modhesh Friends Forum participants featured an informative presentation about Thalassemia, its stages of development, diagnosis, and the medical services offered by the center. It also featured an entertaining performance by Modhesh, followed by the distribution of special gifts to the children at the center.

Arjaan by Rotana-Dubai AED107,320 Raised for Thalassemia Charity Event Join us in adding Joy to their hearts

June 4, 2010


-AED107,320.00, the net amount to be contributed to fulfil the wish of the 10 Thalassemic children to enjoy a once in a lifetime cruise around the UAE, was the reason behind the cocktail reception that was held at Arjaan by Rotana-Dubai. The amount was collected from Join us in adding Joy to their hearts, the family fun day which was organized by Arjaan by Rotana in conjunction with UAE Red Crescent and Thalassemic Centre.

We are proud with the result and making the 10 childrens wishes come true hoping our name will be engraved in those childrens lives and hearts said Mark Deere, the General Manager of Arjaan by Rotana-Dubai.

We would like to thank again the events sponsors and each individual that supported us in achieving this amount and making wishes come true he added.

The success of Join us in adding Joy to their hearts was the first step for the parents to show their children the wonderful feeling of giving and being the cause of someone elses smile.
I would like to congratulate Arjaan by Rotana team for the success of Join us in adding Joy to their hearts thanking all who supported this event and was a reason for making these children wishes come true said Mr. Mohammad Abdullah Al Haj Al Zarouni, the general manager of UAE Red Crescent – Dubai branch.

Special thanks to all the sponsors who extended all the efforts they could to make Join us in adding joy to their hearts a successful event including KIDZANIA, Hamleys, Chuck E-Cheese, Outlet Mall, The Big Bus Tour, Virgin Mega store, BSB Advertising group, Stallion Printing Press, Sweet Factory, PEPSI, Baskin Robins, Red Bull, Evian and all who supported this event.

ADMAF supports Marriage Fund’s Thalassemia Health Awareness Campaign

May 15, 2010

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Within the framework of its commitment to the highest standards of social responsibility, the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF), announced today its support for the Marriage Fund in launching a health awareness campaign for Thalassemia.

Entitled “The Choice is Yours, for a UAE without Thalassemia”, the nation-wide campaign aims to educate the public about the disease and its prevention mechanisms. The campaign is also supported by the UAE Genetic Diseases Association.

Launched during a press conference held today at Emirates Palace, the campaign will feature informational leaflets and brochures distributed in educational and health institutions as well as offices all across the United Arab Emirates, in addition to advertisements and a media outreach element. As part of the campaign, the Marriage Fund with the support of ADMAF has also produced a film to provide information about the disease, its consequences and the steps that can be taken to prevent it.

The organisers and all supporting parties hope the campaign will help spread knowledge about the disease and contribute to the fight against Thalassemia in the wider UAE community.

H.E Hoda Al-Khamis Kanoo, ADMAF Founder, commented: “Our partnership with the Marriage Fund is rooted in ADMAF’s determination to reach out to the community. Our year-round community initiatives and the strong community program we implement has allowed us to enhance access to the arts for different groups of people from across the seven Emirates and touch the lives of disadvantaged groups through art.

It gives us great pleasure to support one of our valuable partners in its efforts to fight against a grave health risk in our society and requires great attention from us. Our involvement in this project reflects our commitment to continue expanding our collaboration with the UAE civil society.”

A committee for the first health campaign will be formed to carry out the instructions of H.E. Dr. Maitha Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State and chairperson of the board of directors of the Marriage Fund. The committee will coordinate with all parties and ensure the completion of work according to agreed schedules and plans.

Thalassemia, a genetic blood disorder, is a serious public health issue in the UAE. According to some estimates, one in twelve people in the UAE are Thalassemia carriers. The disease, which often manifests itself in the form of anaemia due to low levels of red blood cells and haemoglobin, can be prevented through simple premarital tests.

The cooperation between the Marriage Fund and the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation started with the Abu Dhabi Festival 2010. In the lead up to the Festival and as part of its rich community program, ADMAF partnered with a vast network of civil society organisations, including the Marriage Fund, as a reflection of its commitment to embed the arts in the heart of the Emirates.

As title supporter of this campaign, ADMAF reaffirms its commitment to supporting its local community and to use the arts to communicate a powerful message to the society. The Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation has since its launch been a strong advocate and supporter of many social and arts initiatives supporting the local community as well as the international arts community.

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