Save the Children Donates Blood: Responding to a Noble Call

Wednesday 2 March 2016

News recently rocked the country that blood banks and hospitals have been experiencing acute shortages of blood. As a result, preventable deaths have been occurring at hospitals.

Recently at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), the second largest referral hospital in the country – thousands of people have been in need of blood. There were 19 avoidable deaths at KCH over the course of a weekend in mid February, largely due to a shortage of blood.

With its mandate to provide adequate supplies of safe blood across hospitals in Malawi, the Malawi Blood Transfusion Service (MBTS) has been calling out to the public to donate blood.

Photo Caption: View of the blood donation setup in the main conference room 

Save the Children was steadfast on this call as it reached out to MBTS, gathering 26 of its staff members for the noble cause on Friday, 19th February 2016.

The blood donation exercise took place in the main conference of Save the Children’s Country Office. Taking less than 30 minutes, staff members were barely interrupted from their work schedules to donate 450ml of blood and swiftly returned to their desks thereafter.

Photo Caption: All smiles as Save the Children’s, Divas and Tiwone get ready to donate blood

Collaborating with Save the Children for this noble cause were staff from World Vision International, who are located adjacent to Save the Children’s Country Office. In total, 33 people donated blood amounting to 14.8 litres!

Bravo to these 33 unsung heroes who voluntarily took part in helping save lives!


Akuzike Zingani Ghambi, Knowledge Management Officer