Tanzania's Exim Bank employees join blood donation drive

Exim Bank Tanzania hosted a blood donation drive for employees of the bank as part of the firm’s corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The event was also part of the bank’s commemoration of the World Blood Donor Day that was celebrated worldwide at the weekend. The theme of this year’s campaign is: “Thank you for saving my life”.

It focuses on thanking blood donors who save lives every day through blood donations and strongly encourages more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly.

Speaking about the drive held at the bank’s headquarters in Dar es Salaam, Exim Bank Tanzania Head Human Resources, Mr Frederick Kanga, said that the initiative was held to assist in replenishing the blood supply in the country with the sole purpose of saving lives.

“We are proud to host a blood drive for our employees, which reflect Exim Bank’s strong community values and promote good health and well being in general in the country,” said Mr Kanga.

“Statistics shows that more than 65 per cent of blood donated in low income countries goes to save the lives of children under the age of five.

“With regard to this, Exim Bank has decided to donate blood with the focus of saving the lives of children so that we can provide them a chance to achieve their dreams and have a brighter future,” said Mr Kanga.

He added that this initiative is in a series of voluntary activities the bank has planned for this year.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), adequate supply of blood can only be assured through regular donations by voluntary unpaid blood donors and its goal is to ensure that all countries obtain all their blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors by 2020. 

He said the bank has been hosting regular blood donation drives since 2010.
Source: Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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