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US Embassy kicks off seventh "Give a Tet Gift of Life" annual blood drive

Released at: 21:58, 27/01/2018

US Embassy kicks off seventh "Give a Tet Gift of Life" annual blood drive

US Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink (R) joins the blood drive on Jan 26 (Photo from dangcongsan.vn)

Blood drive gets underway on January 26.

by Hai Van

US Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Daniel Kritenbrink, and the Director of the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, Mr. Le Lam, kicked off the US Embassy’s seventh “Give a Tet Gift of Life” annual blood drive on January 26.

“It is especially encouraging to see so many employees and their families, students who visit our American Center, and others from all around Hanoi helping us to ‘Give a Tet Gift of Life’ by donating blood,” the Ambassador said.

A key goal of the blood drive is to recognize the Vietnam National Blood Program’s accomplishment of increasing Vietnam’s blood supplies, especially through voluntary donors, and supporting successful efforts in educating the population about the importance of voluntary donations.

Since the National Blood Program was launched in 2001, Vietnam has made great progress in increasing donations and the US Embassy is proud to support the program during a holiday period that routinely faces a fall in donors. Donated blood is used to save the lives of trauma victims, surgical patients, and patients with life-threatening blood diseases.

“Blood drives like this also increase awareness regarding the importance of having a consistent supply of blood and the critical role volunteer blood donors can play,” said US Embassy Medical Officer Susan Tang.

The US Embassy’s blood drive has consistently seen growth in the number of donors since the first event in 2012, with a total of 247 donors attending this year’s drive.

Ambassador Kritenbrink also joined with Deputy Minister of National Defense, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, in witnessing the signing of a memorandum of intent between the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of National Defense’s Military Science Department on January 23 to begin the process of dioxin contamination remediation at Bien Hoa Air Base near Ho Chi Minh City.

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