Hot line, call within Russia is free
8 800 333 33 30
Contact us

ru en

We now have a national blood service

About results of four years’ implementation in Russia of the state program of Blood Service modernization, about its further destiny and about a modern “face” of Russian Blood Service.

- Mr Uyba, 2011 is the fourth year of Blood Service modernization program. Could you possibly name the main results of this program at the moment?

- The key result is that we have managed to overcome lack in plasma and blood in clinical institutions. Over these four years medical technologies and equipment in 87 institutions of Blood Service in all 83 subjects of the country plus 15 federal institutions were totally upgraded. By objective indications: the amount of blood procurement rose by 7 %, of plasma – by 6 %. The amount of plasma procured by hardware method – up to 75 %. It’s obvious that the rise in blood procurement is possible only thanks to blood donors. Accordingly the number of plasma donors also went up by 11 %. As a result, in all medical and healthcare institutions the use of plasma also increased (by 6 %). A very important indication is that we now have data from all subjects of Russia on quantity and quality of blood components procured. In case of emergency we can manage those stocks. As we have properly studied the donorship potential in each subject we know what reserve we can count for while calculating the government task. This will be very useful when plasma fractionation lines and the Kirov factory “Rosplazma” start working.

As for today’s situation, each of the Blood Service subject institutions represents a modern establishment equipped on European level and using standardized, universal methods of blood components procurement.

We actively introduced such technologies as virus-inactivation of plasma at large blood transfusion stations. By this we got our colleagues in other regions prepared for the next stage – virus-inactivation of other blood components. It’s very important that we raised the level of equipment, of knowledge and skills of our staff, eventually raising the level of culture of blood and its components procurement in the whole country. Today we are able to talk to our colleagues from Saint Petersburg, Chita, Far Eastern area using the same unified language. This is a tremendous result.

- At IV All-Russian Blood Service Forum you said that we could finally see the “face” of our Russian Blood Service. Does this mean that our Blood Service is different from that in Europe for example?

- You are quite right, it is. When at the very beginning of the program we were saying that we should be guided by western standards we understood that the figure 45 blood donors per thousand people is caused by a need of blood components to produce medications. But we didn’t take into consideration that even so cold “golden standard” of 25 donors per thousand is a result of a large number of high-tech operations performed every year. High-tech heart surgeries in Germany and replacement arthroplasty in France are performed several times more than in Russia. In our country only metropolises as Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg can go near this rate in such surgeries but not the entire country. The regions with low rate of high-tech operations have all reasons to say that they don’t need more than 16 blood donors per thousand, at least not now. That means that for the first time since the 90s we have had a surplus of plasma. I will say once more, this is given the increased demand by clinics for blood components (platelets, red cells). When we were starting off in 2008 we didn’t realize how much blood components each region needs, but now we do.
Владимир Уйба, Руководитель Федерального медико-биологического агентства

Vladimir Uyba, Head of the Federal Medical-Biological Agency

On the other hand, we are going to intensify blood procurement as our country is in great need of blood based pharmaceuticals especially in albumin. Today in Russia albumin is transfused only in one case out of ten where it is necessary.

- One of the reasons why Russian people didn’t want to be blood donors was a fear of being infected. Have you managed to solve this matter? Which role do issues of safe transfusion play now in Blood Service?

- As for subject institutions I have already said that blood procurement there meets European standards including those of safety. Starting with the second year of the program we have understood that it’s not enough to include in it only subject institutions of Blood Service. Some regions have several blood transfusion stations which collect a lot of blood. Until they were re-equipped and added to a single data base, they use manual methods and the human factor is not ruled out. So the second stage assumes inclusion of such stations into the program. This work should be done in 2012-2014. This means that we will be able to speak about safe transfusion of blood and its components only by 2015.

- To continue the talk about a single data base – when will a person, let’s say, from Far East be able to donate blood in Moscow?

- If it is a regular donor and usually donates blood at the subject station of Vladivostok, for example, then they can donate blood in the capital even today: the system will “see” them. But this donor can also donate blood at the stations that are not in the system yet, so we won’t have complete data. This matter with blood transfusion stations has also to be solved by 2015.

- One of the main components of the program is promotion of mass free blood donation. Which of measures taken during these years would you like to emphasize?

- A lot of wonderful campaigns have been held during these four years and a lot of them have become a good tradition in several regions – “Auto-Motodonor”, “Day of donor’s full age” and others. I would like to focus on the federal campaign which has ended only recently. I’m speaking about musical contest for the best song about donorship and volunteerism “Muzarteria”. The number of people who sent their compositions to the contest is impressive – more than 600, and the scope from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Kaliningrad. But the main thing is the number of compositions. This is a real discovery – all these talented children from regions who care for such social issues like donorship. No doubt, we should continue such projects.

- Which role do you think representatives of public, media and business should play in donation in future?

- I would like to start with business. The example of the FMBA’s partner the company LG Electronics is very significant. In fact, business, as represented by the company, is as full a member of donorship movement as the State itself. LG managed to involve into Donation promotion program famous people and athletes. And it is absolutely great because young people tend to look for idols. In this case, they are imitating star ambassadors and choosing healthy lifestyle and donorship. I would even say that donorship is now a kind of social mission of LG Electronics. This is confirmed by the fact that the example of the Russian branch of the company is followed in Korea and other countries. Of course we are grateful to our other partners who support promotion of voluntary blood donation: “Vester” group (Kaliningrad), the cinema net “Kinomaks” (Krasnodar), Sberbank of Russia (Kemerovo), bank “URALSIB”, OAO (Ltd.) “Saint Petersburg Telecom”, “TELE 2”, and ZAO (close corporation) “StarT-Plus” (Vologda).

And as for the journalists, it is obvious that without them we couldn’t draw attention to this subject, this program.

- The four year program is completed. What happens with Blood Service next?

- As I was saying the program will be continued. Donorship cannot put up with a break. If we shut the program we will sooner or later get in the situation similar to 2006-07. In 2012, 5 billion rubles is allocated for the program. And we will re-equip the stations as we did before – in 2012 there are 19 of them (in 8 subjects of RF). The same stations will be included into single data base. We also will continue the voluntary donorship promotion communication program. The experience gained previously has given us an impulse to initiate two new areas in the program – start of plasma fractionating lines and building of blocks for blood service institutions.

I have already said that concerning the first area we have a task to replace imported pharmaceuticals based on blood components by Russian ones. Given the stock of plasma we have and potential of institutions we are planning during two years to launch in 12 Russian subjects modern plasma fractionating lines, meeting GMP standards: in 5 subjects next year and in 7 in 2013. The calculation was made taking into account the neighbor regions which will also supply input – plasma – to the establishments where the lines for its procession will be started on. These regions “in return” will get albumin.

The second area is explained by the fact that about 40 buildings which host Blood service institutions today do not comply with public health regulation and fire safety. Should I say that expensive equipment is very difficult to mount in such buildings? The FMBA’s experience of building a block for Blood Center in Lermontovo which works successfully and 2 other projects in Karachai-Cherkess and Sochi (delivery is planned for 2012) allows us to consider this way as the best salvation. Implementation of this area is not possible without the region participation: the subject is responsible for creation of zero circle. As a result of realization of all areas of the program the country will have its own Blood Service with qualitative working conditions and blood procurement, and optimal quantitative indications.

Interviewer – Svetlana MARCHENKO
Other interviews
Interview with Irina Lositskaya
The first person the donor interacts with is the nurse. Not only professionalism is very important, but also personal involvement. Laureate of the All-Russian competition of professional skills Irina Lositskaya, operating room nurse, chief nurse of the Blood Center of the FMBA of Russia, told how to combine these qualities, what depends on it and why ethics issues have become so relevant in the age of high technology.
Interview with Alexandra Vnuk
The base for the laureate project of the Federal Medical-Biological Agency of Russia Blood Center «On the Pulse of Life» are education, information, loyalty. Alexandra Vnuk, head of the donation development department of the FMBA of Russia Blood Center told us how to implement them on a large scale and in relation to various target audiences of the donor community.
Interview with Svetlana Mishina
The Ulyanovsk Regional Blood Transfusion Station uses non-standard creative approaches to promote donation among young people. Its interactive project Donor-Party significantly increased the number of young donors during the year, and helped many of them overcome their fear of donating blood. Svetlana Mishina, pr-manager of the Ulyanovsk regional blood transfusion station, tells about the project, received a well-deserved award at the All-Russian competition of professional skills of the Blood Service in the nomination “Time to do adult things”.
Interview with Natalia Asanova
Thanks to student groups the Mordovian Blood Service attracted thousands of new donors and established large-scale work with the youth of the republic. The results of this joint work were highly appreciated by the jury of the All-Russian Competition of Professional Skills of the Blood Service. The project "Donor student teams" became a laureate in the nomination "When hearts beat in unison." Together with Natalya Asanova, pr-manager of the Mordovian Republican Blood Transfusion Station we discussed the support of student teams as a guarantee of success.
Interview with Natalia Sidorova
The growing interest of young people in social work is visible in many regions of Russia. High school, university students and graduates are willing to volunteer and get their first professional experience by helping others. Blood donation is one of the most honorable and popular areas of such social activity. This was told to us by Natalia Sidorova, head of the information and social support department for youth of the "Regional Youth Center" of the Kaluga Region.
Interview with Marina Sheludko
For volunteers, the donor movement is not only participation in blood donation campaigns, but also a big school of social work. By entering into the donor path, the guys cultivate high moral principles, learn to manage socially significant projects. This was told to us by Marina Sheludko, head of the Volunteering Support Center of the Tula State Lev Tolstoy Pedagogical University.
Interview with Anna Terentyeva and Alexey Sevryugov
The St. Petersburg student organization "Blood Drop" is a one-of-a-kind talent foundry for the volunteer movement of donors. They coordinate and inspire the efforts of like-minded people in many universities of St. Petersburg. Everyone who contacts them about blood donation receives support. The Curators of Blood Drop Anna Terentyeva and Aleksey Sevryugov told us more about the project.
Interview with Tatyana Suslova
Tatyana Alexandrovna Suslova, head of the Molecular Biology Diagnostics Department in the Chelyabinsk Regional Blood Transfusion Station. She became the best doctor of the Blood Service in the category «Doctor of the Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory» of the Blood Service Professional Excellence Competition 2020. Tatyana Alexandrovna is not only a practicing immunogeneticist, but also a theoretician: Tatyana Aleksandrovna shares her knowledge with students at the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and General Biology of Chelyabinsk State University. Among her many professional merits is the participation in the development of Chelyabinsk as one of the leading transplant centers in Russia.
Interview with Natalia Popkova
The video clip with the hymn of the Sverdlovsk donors «We are with you of the same blood» and the «Team game» project with the football players of the Ural club became winners of the All-Russian Competition of Professional Skills by the Blood Service. Natalya Popkova, Deputy Chief Physician for Organizational and Methodological Work of the Blood Transfusion Station of the Sverdlovsk Region, Chief Freelance Transfusiologist of the Ministry of Health of the Sverdlovsk Region and the Urals Federal District, told about the work on projects, which unites sports, art and blood donation.
Interview with Oksana Kozhemyako
Regional institutions of the Blood Service are not afraid to experiment — they create volunteer structures, entrust young employees with responsible work to attract new partners and donors. One such example is the Youth Council, which was formed at the Khabarovsk Regional Blood Transfusion Station. The head physician of the station Oksana Valerievna Kozhemyako told us about several successful projects of the Council, which became laureates of the All-Russian competition of professional skills of the Blood Service.
Interview with Lyubov Leonova
A creative project «5 principles of safe blood donation» informs donors about various aspects of regular donation of the Blood Center of the Leningrad Region. It took the Best Booklet category in the Not to Miss the Important nomination of the Blood Service professional skill competition. Lyubov Leonova pr-manager of the Blood center answered the questions about this project.
Interview with Khadizhat Tankaeva
Blood transfusion stations are increasingly and more confidently taking on the production of social advertising. With the help of their teams, they publish printed publications about & nbsp; blood donation, shoot game and & nbsp; non-game videos. One of the notable creative projects was the film The Warmth of Your Hearts, released by the Blood Transfusion Station of the Republic of Dagestan. About & nbsp; movie & nbsp; & mdash; laureate of the All-Russian competition of professional skills of the Blood Service & nbsp; & mdash; the head physician of the institution Khadizhat Tankaeva told us.
Interview with Tatiana Blagovidova
Saratov Regional Blood Transfusion Station took first place at the All-Russian Competition of Professional Skills in 2020 with the project "Thank you for help!" in the "Time to do adult deeds" nomination for "The best youth project aimed at promoting and developing voluntary donation of blood and its components". Promotion of blood donation among young people is one of the key activities of the blood service for the development of free blood donation. Tatyana Blagovidova, Deputy Chief Physician for Organizing Donation, will tell us about how this work is being done at the Saratov Regional Blood Transfusion Station.
Interview with Marat Khapman
The video "Minutes to give life", created by the Ulyanovsk regional station, is devoted to difficult questions: how a personal example of parents teaches children to save lives, how it helps to feel involved in the fate of people in need of donor blood, and why donation needs to be discussed at school. This year its authors became laureates of the All-Russian competition of professional skills of the Blood Service in the category "Don't miss the important". Marat Erikovich Khapman, a chief physician of the Ulyanovsk regional blood transfusion station, tells about how the project was created.
Interview with Anastasia Volchenkova
Twice a year, the Management Company of the special economic zone "Dubna" organizes and conducts Donor Days. Donor campaigns are attended not only by its and resident company’s employees but also from significant organizations in the city of Dubna. Anastasia Volchenkova, marketing and PR director of the joint-stock company “Special economic zone of technical-innovative type“ Dubna ”, tells about the specifics of donor actions.
Interview with Elena Gubanova
This year the project "Quarantine is not an obstacle to a responsible donor" by the Stavropol Regional Blood Transfusion Station became a laureate of the All-Russian competition of professional skills of the Blood Service in the category "Best poster" in the nomination "Do not miss the important." Elena Gubanova, PR manager of the Blood Service of the Stavropol Territory, talks about the project and the specifics of communication during the pandemic period.
Interview with Inna Sakhno
The donor movement of the Moscow University for the Humanities is more than twenty years old. Inna Sakhno is a Chairperson of the Student Council of the Moscow University for the Humanities. She told us about Donor Days and changes during the pandemic.
Interview with Anastasia Akhlamova
Students of the Moscow State Psychological and Pedagogical University actively participate in the student donor movement. Anastasia Akhlamova, one of the donor movement leaders of the Moscow State Psychological and Pedagogical University, a 4th-year student of the Faculty of Clinical and Special Psychology, told us about how it was possible to survive the introduction of restrictive measures during a period of increased epidemiological danger.
Interview with Gulnara Letfullina
It is always teamwork to organize donor actions and events. Gulnara Letfullina, chairman of the donor team "Nadezhda" told us about the organization, arose from a small group of like-minded donors at the A.I. Yevdokimov Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry.
Interview with Olga Valerievna Eichler
The Blood Service has been at front of the fight against coronavirus infection in 2020. The selfless work of doctors in clinics, the saving of patients - all this would be impossible without timely provision of medical institutions with donated blood. To achieve a common goal, it was required to restructure the work of the entire Blood Service in the shortest possible time, to find quick and effective solutions. Olga Valerievna Eichler, Head of the Department of Medical Support for Conversion and Extreme Work and the Blood Service of the FMBA of Russia, spoke about how the work was organized in this difficult time.
See also
You gonna donate blood? Tell your friends about it on social networks.

Most people know very little about donation and therefore trust the most unreasonable myths...

The blood service is a structure that brings together health care facilities (or facilities) across the country...

Donor movement covers all who care about the fate of others, those who...