As India marches towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030 through initiatives like Ayushman Bharat, National Health Policy and the National Digital Health Mission it is important to realize the importance of providing the essentials in health care like adequate and safe blood services. 

Blood donation is an essential component of health care which saves millions of lives each year. Most developed countries rely on voluntary, unpaid blood donations to meet their blood supply needs. However, in India voluntary blood donation is still a challenge which is majorly covered either by family or paid donations. Systems based on replacement donation by the family and friends of patients requiring transfusion are rarely able to meet clinical demands for blood while paid “donation” poses serious threats to the health and safety of the recipients as well as the donors themselves. 

Towards this, CII is organizing a session on, "Enablers and Barriers to Safe Blood Donation- during Covid and Beyond on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day on 14 June 2021 scheduled from 1600-1800 Hrs over a virtual platform.  

The session aims to bring the stakeholders together on a virtual platform to discuss and deliberate on the challenges and the solutions to make the blood donation systems safer and to raise awareness about the need for regular blood donations.  


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