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BDI National commemorates World Aids Day in style

In commemoration of World Aids Day celebrated every 1st of December annually, the Natioanl leaders of BDI in conjunction with the leaders and members of her Oyo state Community Based BDI Unit (CBBU), staged sereis of advocacy activities to mark the day. The crux of their advocacy message is the availability of safe blood through voluntary non-remunerative blood donation (VNRBD) as this system is the only safest means of sourcing HIV and other blood borne infections-free bllod fopr transfusion to patients in need. Activities included visti to the mangement of University college Hospital, Ibadan, National blood transfusion service, south-west zonal center, ibadan, NTA Ibadan Network Centre, Agodi, Deputy Director, Blood Bank, UCH, as well as creating awareness among the public. Sights and sound/details to be posted soon.

ADVOCACY LETTER IN COMMEMORATION OF WOLRD AIDS DAY 2010

AVAILABILITY OF SAFE BLOOD TOWARDS AN HIV-FREE SOCIETY:
A CALL TO ACTION
Annually, World AIDS Day (WAD) provides an opportunity for all of us to take action and ensure that human rights are protected and global targets for prevention, treatment and care are met. Since 1988, World AIDS Day has been about increasing interest, inspiring involvement, fighting prejudice, and working to stop the spread of this disease. The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day is Universal Access and Human Rights: which gives us an opportunity to highlight prevention and care as fundamental human rights.
In Blood Drive Initiative (BDI), a youth based nongovernmental organization that has as one of its objectives, “the curb of the spread of HIV/AIDS acquired through the transfusion of unsafe blood”, we are aware that the global community shares one common life source; blood and many in the global community also share a grave concern about this precious life source. Blood is one of the eight key health functions that must be available in any health care facilities. Facts and figures confirm that 1 out of 7 people entering a hospital have need for blood transfusion. This is because much of today’s medical care depends on a steady supply of blood from healthy donors as there remains no substitute for blood. Safe blood transfusion therefore is an ethical imperative, as health care systems should do no harm.
However, the HIV/AIDS pandemic continues to focus particular attention on the importance of preventing transfusion transmitted infections and we are convinced that the global burden of disease due to unsafe blood can be eliminated or substantially reduces through an integrated approach to blood safety. For instance here in Nigeria, last available statistics five years ago puts transmission of infection through unsafe blood transfusion as the second largest source of HIV infection among infected individuals. A fact that then led to the emergence of the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) through the support of United State’s PEPFAR program.
Our belief is that while on World AIDS Day, we pay tribute to millions of people who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS worldwide, we cannot but spread the word that universal access to safe blood for all patients in need of blood or blood product is a basic human right as everyone in need of such should be given a chance at life. 1st of December every year therefore offers us such opportunity to advocate for availability of safe blood towards prevention of HIV/AIDS infection transmissible through blood transfusion.
In BDI therefore, we recognize that;
Blood Transfusion Services (BTS) is the one vital part of modern health care system without which the efficacy of patient management in different clinical scenarios will be greatly reduced.
HIV is the most important of the transfusion transmissible infections (TTIs).
Universal access to safe blood cannot be achieved without systems and mechanisms for ensuring availability of safe blood.
Hence, this call to action because it is our staunch belief that;
Sufficient supplies of safe blood which can only be assured by regular donations from voluntary unpaid donors is critically important to provide safe blood transfusion and give individuals confidence in their health care system, just as universal screening of donated blood for transfusion transmissible infections (TTIs) is.
We have a shared responsibility as governments, health institutions, NGO/civil societies, and individuals to build on the success achieved so far in the fight against this scourge by making informed decisions and smart investments that will help save more lives.
Consequently, our governments should provide framework and regulations that would make availability of safe blood feasible for the citizens, health institutions together with civil societies or NGOs should scale-up their activities centred on voluntary non-remunerative blood donors (VNRBD), while each and every one of us as individuals must commit to spreading awareness on VNRBD as well as volunteering as blood donors.
Finally, we advocate for increased political will-power, favourable policies/regulations, dedicated support and adequate funding towards blood donation activities centred on recruitment of donors who give blood voluntarily and for altruistic reasons as records show globally that this group of blood donors have the lowest prevalence of HIV, hepatitis viruses and other blood-borne infections, as compared to people who donate for family members or in lieu of payment. With this, we are convinced that in no distant time the estimated 5-10% of HIV infections transmitted by unsafe blood transfusion in Africa according to World Health Organization (WHO) will soon become a forgotten past and the achievement of MDG 6 which is to halt and begin to reverse the global HIV epidemic by 2015 comes within reach.
It is our belief that you are as committed to giving someone a chance to live as we are.
Thank you.
Adeluwoye ‘Tosin
Executive Director, Operations
Blood Drive Initiative (BDI)
2348035434655, 2348063443964
bdinitiative@gmail.com princekunlzy@gmail.com
www.bdinitiative.blogspot.com

First Independent Donation Exercise Held and SUCCESSFUL!!!

It is with great delight and pleasure that I inform you that the first ever independent blood donation exercise was held on Thursday October 21st, 2010 by the AAU, Ekpoma Detachment of Blood Drive Initiative within the premises of the College of Medicine, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.
It was a huge success,as a total number of 128 units of blood were donated in a single day!!! The exercise served as an avenue to build more on the previous success recorded in the institution in April 2010 in which 161 units of blood were donated in a 2-day drive.
Kudos to the entire BDI AAU crew and everyone that made this exercise a big success. Thank you very much!

Blood drive initiative advocate voluntary blood donation

The landmark discovery of the ABO blood group system by Karl Landsteiner in 1900 paved way for easy transfusion of blood and blood products from one individual to another. The need to continue to ensure that blood is available for continuous use for human transfusion is so enormous.

World health organization (WHO) advocates and recommends to her member states to develop national blood transfusion service (NBTS) based on voluntary non-remunerated regular blood donation (VNRBD) in accordance with WHO assembly resolution 28.72, which was adopted in 1975. Nigeria as a member state is a signatory to this resolution.

Statistics available shows that Nigeria is yet to achieve the state of 100% VNRBD unlike 57 countries around the world as at June 2010. Achieving this state is crucial to the achievement of the millennium development goals and a better health service to the populace.

NBTS statistics shows that, 1 out of every 5 children dies before their 5th birthday; 1 out of every 10 women who dies during pregnancy of childbirth is as a result of bleeding; 9 out of 10 people who need blood transfusion may not get safe blood; and 1 in every 2 accidents on our roads is usually critical.

The fate of those in need of blood should not be put in the hands of paid donors or family replacement donors but in the hands of voluntary donors (i.e. those who give blood for storage at the blood bank for transfusion to an unknown recipient) who are you and I.

The benefit of being a voluntary non-remunerated blood donor cannot be quantified materially, it is humanitarian as you are giving a gift of life and saving a life. Health benefits of being a voluntary blood donor are ; it reduces the risk of hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases; the bone marrow (source of blood production) is put to use more frequently which reduces the risk of developing blood cancer ;donors have greater access to there health monitoring when they donate; and also free laboratory screening for HIV ,Hepatitis B and C and Syphilis .

Blood drive initiative (BDI) an organization with the desire to provide safe and sustainable blood supply to meet the rising need for blood and blood products in the country that “the average, educated,healthy and well- to-do’’ citizen of this country whose life style is compatible with the criteria for a healthy donor do not donate blood unless compelled by circumstances this shouldn’t be the attitude of citizenry to blood donation but should be altruistic. Towards this BDI , a youth-based organization is in the front gear of canvassing for 100% voluntary non remunerative blood donation in Nigeria by currently operating from University based detachment such as LAUTECH (Oshogbo and Ogbomosho), UNIILORIN, EBSU ,UI,UNAAB, UNICAL ,UNIILAG , FEDPOLY EDE and our foremost detachment ,here AAU Ekpoma .

Join BDI and other organizations in this humanitarian efforts to ensure that Nigeria achieve 100% voluntary non remunerated regular blood donation by given what science has not been able to create nor money can buy.

Adekoga Adeniji ,N.
Coordinator, BDI A.A.U. Detachment,
Ekpoma, Edo state.
08033949820

A report on workshop held for members carried out in A.A.U. Detachment

The workshop was held on sat. 25th sept. 2010, titled Basic blood
sefety core knowledge. It had in attendance 26 participants.
This workshop was divided into seven sessions
based on the materials given by SBFA. The trainers were Adeniji
Adekoga, Shamsudeen Pedro, and Osim Amber.
Each participant was given a certificate of participation at the end of the workshop.
Challenges:
1. Due to fees attached to the workshop not all members of the detachment were able to be part of it.
2. The inability to get resource person from SBFA hindered our ability to answer some technical questions raised during the workshop.
Thank you.
Adeniji Adekoga
Coordinator,
Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma BDI Detachment.
08033949820

NBTS Kogi State Centre enlist the service of Blood Drive Initiative

Blood Drive Iniative was recently invited by NBTS Kogi sate centre to come and help with the establishment of BDI detachments in institution within the state, so as to help boost turnover in the number of units of blood obtainable form voluntary, non-remunerative blood donors. From the first visit made between 3rd and 6th of August, 2010, the coordinator of the centre lament that the state is getting far below the units of blood meant to meet the need of the state heatlh centres and other adjoining health centres they serve. "The state needs about 6,000 units of blood per month to be able to satisfy the needs of its citizens. Meanwhile a far-crying average of about 300units is gotten per month." He acknowledge the great work BDI is doing with other NBTS zonal centres, South-west for instance where in a single drive, BDI is able to recruite and mobilize over 400 units of blood. Hence, bringing her expertise to bear, BDI team led by the Executive Director, Operations, Mr.'Tosin Adeluwoye, visited Kogi Stae Polytechnic, Federal college of Education, Okene; and Kogi State University to open new detachments of BDI.
This week again (17th-19th, August), The Dirtector of Campaign, Mr. Amba Ogar Osim, will be leading another delegate of BDI team to formally inaugurate BDI detachment in the Kogi state Polytechnic, Lokoja, Kogi State,. Nigeria.
Stay connected fort updates.

BDI... Still on the lead!


Yeah! guys, BDI is still on the front-burner of helping Nigeria achieve 100% VNRBD like other nations of the world. The recent training of her Directors and Coordinators by the foremost international foundation, renown for giving technical expertise as endorsed and funded by the United States' USAIDS & PEPFAR, Safe Bloo...d For Africa Foundation (SBFAF) is no doubt a boost to the operations of Blood Drive Initiative (BDI), the trail-blazing youth-led non-governmental organization in Nigeria (the most populous black nation in the world). This training we believe is in recognition of BDI's milestone achievement in the field of helping to ensure 'safe blood', one of the eight functional tools needed in our health facilities, and its potential to help deliver on the 100% VNRBD global goal, especially as the year 2015 set for the MDGs is fast approaching. Be part of this drive for life today.

SBFA WORKSHOP FOR BDI

SAFE BLOOD FOR AFRICA (SBFA), the umbrella agency for the National Blood Transfusion Services, is organizing a workshop for BDI coordinators and directors on the 10th July, 2010 at NBTS ZONAL OFFICE IBADAN. The aim of this workshop is to better equip and position BDI for more efficient service delivery as the leading youth donor organization in Nigeria.

BDI bags NBTS/SBFA award

In recognition of the tireless and unrelenting effort of Blood Drive Initiative, the National Blood Transfusion Services Headquarters at a dinner organized to commemorate the world blood donors' day gave an award to BDI. To God be the glory. This is a feather to all our caps. Thumbs up people!

BDI AAU and UNILORIN continues the good work

BDI AAU and UNILORIn detachments recently continuede the good work by putting up an impressive blood drive in their dtachments. Toal of 161 and 199 units of blood were added to their records with NBTS South-south and NBTS Kogi State centres respectively. KUDOS GUYS!!!

LAGOS ABEOKUTA INVASION!...BDI ON THE MOVE!!!

A team of BDI Directors had a tour of Lagos and Abeokuta few days ago. Visits were made to GlaxoSmithKline Ltd, Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service, UNILAG, Gateway Television, UNAAB and National Blood Transfucion Service, Abeokuta. The tour was a big success! Special thanks to 'Laolu Fatoki, Mrs Taiwo, Mr Emmaunel I.M Silva, Dapo and others that contributed immensely to the success of the trip. God bless you all!
N.B: BDI was on 'Health Scope'; a health programme on Gateway TV. Tune to Gateway TV on Tuesday 16th March, 2010 and 23rd March, 2010

LIFE AND RED OPENING CEREMONY

LIFE AND RED; AN ART EXHIBITION IN AID OF VOLUNTARY NON-REMUNERATED BLOOD DONATION OPENED TODAY, 20TH FEBRUARY, 2010 AT NBTS SOUTH-WEST ZONAL OFFICE, TOTAL GARDEN, IBADAN, WITH ABOUT 50 PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE, INCLUDING THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE OYO STATE COMMISSIONER FOR HEALTH,DR. A. BELLO, CHAIRMAN, BDI BOARD OF TRUSTEES, PROF. A.H. FAGBAMI, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES (TRAINING), UNIVERSIITY COLLEGE HOSPITAL, IBADAN, MRS S.M. ANIFOWOSHE, CONSULTANT HAEMATOLOGIST, DR. T.S. AKINGBOLA...THE LIST CONTINUES
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AN ART EXHIBITION OF WORKS TAGGED LIFE AND RED

BLOOD DRIVE INITIATIVE (BDI) NATIONAL BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE (NBTS) IN COLLABORATION WITH FULLWINGS INTERNATIONAL SPECIALLY INVITES YOU TO LIFE AND RED, AN ART EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY LOEN ASHAYE IN AID OF VOLUNTARY, NON-REMURATED BLOOD DONATION.
venue: NBTS SOUTH-WEST ZONAL CENTRE,QTRS 854, QUEEN ELIZABETH ROAD, TOTAL GARDENS, OPP. K.S MOTEL, IBADAN.
opening reception: SAT 20TH, FEBRUARY, 2010 BY 3:00PM
exhibition days: SAT 20TH, FEBRUARY - WED 3RD MARCH, 2010 BY 10AM - 4PM
ENQUIRIES: 08034223344, 08063443964

Blood drive initiative

This is to inform all intending members will to be part of the noble organisation, that the application form is out and you can contact molade james on 08063578779 for more information.

Prof. A.H Fagbami, Chairman BDI Board of Trustees at the Exhibition Opening

Prof. A.H Fagbami, Chairman BDI Board of Trustees at the Exhibition Opening
Prof. A.H Fagbami, Chairman BDI Board of Trustees at the Exhibition Opening

REV. DELE SOTONWA DONATING BLOOD

REV. DELE SOTONWA DONATING BLOOD

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Saving lives is the job of all

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