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granted us in 2010 to be able to achieve more than we could ever
thing. He granted us His journey mercies and good health.
The following are the activities of the detachment in 2010:
1. Drive in Ogbomoso in February: this was the first assignment of
the year and about twenty two members from osogbo went for the drive.
The pints of blood donated were 399.
2. CATHY at Fakunle Comprehensive High School: 3 members of the
campaign arm were present at the school to talk to the students about
blood donation and also to answer their questions. The attendance was
3. Drive in Ilorin: a team of 5 people travelled to Ilorin to attend
their drive in May 2010. We participated in their campaign prior to
the drive and also delivered lecture on the modules of blood donation.
4. OSBC: the coordinator and the special duty officer were on a
yourba program at OSBC tagged Atokun Ilera for thirty minutes.
5. Seminar @ Ede: the coordinator of BDI osogbo delivered a lecture
on significant of blood donation at the seminar. The seven members of
osogbo detachment were present at the seminar.
6. World Blood Donors' Day June 14 2010: The BDI Osogbo detachment
went on advocacy to OSBC to tell the people of Osun state about
voluntary non enumerated blood donation. We were aired on both radio
and television for 45 mins.
7. Drive in Ogbomoso in June 2010: the drive was organized by Osogbo
detachment in Ogbomoso in partnership with NBTS Ibadan centre and we
had 199 pints of blood in a day drive two sites.
8. Safe Blood for Africa Seminar: the coordinator was in Ibadan to
represent the detachment at the seminar.
9. Ede detachment send forth: in July, Ede detachment had her send
forth program and installation of new executive. The BDI osogbo team
was present at the ceremony.
10. LSBTC WBDD in July: the coordinator and advocacy manager Osogbo
detachment were present at the celebration in Lagos.
11. CATHY @Laro High School: the campaign team was at the school in
October 2010 and we were given the opportunity to speak to the entire
school and we distributed secondary school friendly fact sheet which
was reviewed and produced by the members of the campaign team.
12. Africa Youth Day: Director of advocacy and members of the osogbo
detachment were aired on OSBC to commemorate the day and the
contribution of BDI toward the celebration.
13. National Pathology Week 2010 Exhibition: BDI Osogbo detachment
had a stand at the NPW 2010 organized by NPW Nigeria team with the
Royal College of Pathology U.k in November.
14. World Aids Day: we went on air at OSBC to tell the world about
the importance of safe blood transfusion in the prevention of the
spread of HIV for about 50 minutes.
BDI, LAUTECH Osogbo Detachment.
apathy. As a proud African, there is a tendency to feel slighted by
such statements but a critical review of several sectors in our
society will reveal that such a statement is an axiom. Ignorance, not
illiteracy, is our problem. Probably because Africa evolved from an
Oralous society where communication is effected through drums and
knowledge is passed through songs, tales and folklores, there is that
tendency in the African not to quest for knowledge but to wait for it
to come to you.
Concerned at the spate of non-involvement of the youth in Voluntary
blood donation in Nigeria, BLOOD DRIVE INITIATIVE embarked on a study
among students of higher institutions of learning in the south-western
region of Nigeria. 74% or our respondents said they do not donate
blood because they are not aware there is a need, or they've not been
asked. 11% complained about the attitude of the personnel and time
required for the exercise. 6% complained about proximity to a donation
centre, 9% wanted remuneration for such an effort. 74% is a large
number in itself but considering that this study was conducted among
students in tertiary institutions makes it more mind boggling. If
Nigeria is going to attain 100VNRD status, we must remove ignorance
from the cog of the wheel of the blood transfusion service.
Lala Oluwatobi K
Executive Director, Admin
BLOOD DRIVE INITIATIVE
Compliments of the season to you all. Thanks for your numerous support
to our drive for life in the year 2010. I want to inform you all that
we were able to do the much we can by the grace of God and by your
support. As we remain committed to our drive for life in order tom see
that Nigerian in no time joins the committee of nation with
availability of safe blood via attainment of 100% Voluntary
Non-Remunerative Blood Donation (VNRBD), we want to solicit your
invaluable support and contributions so we can have the challenges
facing the blood transfusion services of our health sector addressed.
Once again, while thanking you ahead for positioning yourself to join
in this drive for life, I want to specially wish you all a graceful
and fulfilling NEW YEAR!
Thanks for being as committed as we are to giving someone a chance at
life via availability of safe blood.