From 2014 to 2016, the Vodafone Romania Foundation, together with the React Association, has modernized 18 blood transfusion centers in the country through the program “A Chance for Life”, and other 24 centers will join them this year.
Being estimated to be finalized in the spring of 2018, the project benefits from EUR 1 million investment, aiming to renovate and modernize “the donor’s track” in all the 42 blood transfusion centers in Romania. Being conducted under the slogan “It’s normal to make good things”, as Angela Galeta, Manager at the Vodafone Romania Foundation, stated, the program was launched 9 years ago, and today it is the most important national blood donation program in Romania. It started with a number of annual informing and educating actions related to the importance of donating voluntarily and from time to time, and it continued with several mobile blood donation campaigns in public places, in university campuses. 33 blood donation sessions took place in the Vodafone premises in Bucharest and in the country, in which 5110 donors have been attracted among the Vodafone Romania employees, 65% of them becoming loyal donors. More than 40 companies followed the example provided by Vodafone and organized in their turn blood donation sessions at the company’s premises.
In 2014, the program extended by adding a component focused on renovating and endowing the transfusion centers with medical equipment. All the 42 centers in the country adhered to this program since the first year. Anca Stefan, the President of the React Association, explained in a press conference which are the steps to be followed to establish the order for the transformation/modernization of these centers. It was a transparent selection process, which also included on-site visits, and the problems and difficulties of the centers have been analyzed, as well as their addressability, the daily number of donors and the number of the hospitals served by each of these centers. Bucharest Blood Transfusion Center, the largest in Romania, was the first which benefitted from this program, in 2014 and in 2015. Seven centers located in other cities in the country have been also renovated within the program in 2015, and ten centers have been renovated in 2016.
We should mention as a first result that by now, due to this program, the number of donors has increased with more than 10% at national level, even better results being expected at the end of the project. At the same time, a decrease of the average age of the donors at national level has been registered for the first time since 1989. Today, 30% of the donated blood comes from young loyal donors. The period of 2014 to 2016 meant, in numbers, 414,140 rescued lives, 200,000 enrolled donors, 28,247 sq. m. renovated, 235 purchased furniture pieces, 72 collection chairs distributed in the 18 renovated centers.
For the current year, the program “A Chance for Life” includes the modernization of 24 blood transfusion centers located in Ploiesti, Targoviste, Galati, Deva, Satu-Mare, Braila, Miercurea-Ciuc, Resita, Zalau, Ramnicu-Valcea, Baia Mare, Pitesti, Botosani, Alexandria, Craiova, Barlad, Tulcea, Focsani, Piatra Neamt, Sibiu, Bacau, Campulung, Oradea and Timisoara. Eight of them, located in Pitesti, Campulung, Ploiesti, Zalau, Satu-Mare, Sibiu, Barlad and Focsani,will be renovated, and the others will be endowed with modern medical equipment.
“With the 24 centers in which we will go in 2017, we will end the modernization program of all the blood transfusion centers in the country. Thus, we accomplished our promise made three years ago, when we started this program. Renovating and endowing the transfusion centers with medical equipment is one of the investment priorities of the foundation in the health field. This field is one of the four strategic pillars of our activity, together with the education, the social services and the volunteering” stated Angela Galeta.
Besides the support granted to these centers, the program “A Chance for Life” will also include in 2017 more than 20 mobile blood donation campaigns, held during the summer all over the country.