IIUI holds seminar to mark World Blood Donor Day 2012 celebrations

Islamabad :   The Safe Blood Transfusion Project and National Blood Transfusion Programme organized a seminar at International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) to mark the start of week-long celebrations of the World Blood Donor Day 2012.
Voluntary blood donors from all walks of life, all regions, backgrounds, religions and ages joined the event. By choosing to donate blood without getting paid, these individuals commit a “heroic” act, a gesture of human solidarity with the power to save lives, says a press release issued here Saturday.
Dr. Hasan Abbas Zaheer, Project Director, National Blood Transfusion Project gave an overview of the World Blood Donor Day and the rationale behind this event. The theme of the 2012 World Blood Donor Day campaign, “Every blood donor is a hero” focuses on the idea that every one of us can become a hero by giving blood.
Dr. Bashir Ahmad, Assistant Professor, International Islamic University highlighted on the Islamic concept of blood donation. Mr. Usman Waheed, Technical Expert, GIZ SBT Project elaborated the types of blood donations with a global and national scenario of the blood donation.
Dr. Sadaf Sardar, Joint Director, Pakistan Red Crescent Society, gave a strategic overview of the PRCS role in donor motivation sand mobilization. Dr. Uzma Anjum, Technical Expert GIZ SBT Project discussed the model of Club 25 with Pakistan s perspective. During the seminar, a stage drama, written and directed by Ms. Ayesha Abid President Thalassaemia Awareness and Prevention in Pakistan (TAPP), was performed by the students of Shifa College of Medicine, Shifa International Hospital. Islamabad.  The stage drama was focused on fear, myths and misconceptions regarding blood donation. The performance grabbed viewer s attention.
Vote of thanks was given by Dr. Asma Gul, Chairperson Department of Environmental, Sciences, Female Campus. She thanked the project team for conducting the seminar on such an important topic. Students and senior faculty members of International Islamic University (IIU) including Dr. Arshad Malik, Ms. Sara Amir, Dr. Naveeda Riaz, Dr. Shaheen, Dr. Saima, Ms. Hareem, Ms. Rizwana, Dr. Asad Ghufran, Dr. Jabir Khattak, and Dr. Ibrar Shinwari actively participated in the event.

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