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Blood Donation during the Great Patriotic War

New materials were added to the third edition of the collection “Blood Donation during the Great Patriotic War”, released on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory by the Coordination Center for Voluntary Blood Donation at the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation and the National Fund for Health Development. The supplemented edition contains essays on blood donation during the war years in more than four dozen regions of the Soviet Union.

Nikolay Daihes, the first deputy chairman of the Russian Federation Public Chamber Commission for the Protection of Citizens' Health and Development of Health, the head of the coordination donor center, said, that in 1941-1945 more than seven million blood transfusions were performed, and the army received over 1.7 million liters of blood. Donor points were deployed in almost all cities and regional centers of the country, about 5.5 million Soviet people donated blood. The vast majority of donors at the same time refused from compensation, transferring money to the needs of the front.

“It is an evidence of high morality and understanding of the complexity of the situation, and the new supplemented edition of the collection is a tribute to our memory and respect to the participants of the donor movement. To donors, doctors, donor organizers, who, with their selfless work, brought the Victory closer and became an example for subsequent generations of participants in this movement in the USSR and the Russian Federation” - Nikolai Dayhes.
“We are proud that even during the COVID-19 pandemic, participants of the donor movement preserve and support the traditions of Soviet, Russian donation. Despite the difficulties, they donate blood and its components, realizing that in peacetime their blood is needed daily, hourly for people whose life and health depend on donation” - Elena Stefanyuk. deputy coordination center, director of the National Health Development Fund.

The collection “Blood Donation during the Great Patriotic War” was created in 2015, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Victory, and was the first Russian publication of materials to systematize the contribution of the donor movement in various regions of the USSR to the victory over fascism. In a single style with the updated and supplemented edition in the year of the 75th anniversary of the Victory of the collection, a congratulatory poster and a donation card were also issued. They can be used for registration of blood service establishments, donor actions, during conducting lessons of courage for youth, memorable evenings with veterans throughout the entire anniversary 2020.

All-Russian Marathon #OstavaysyaDonorom has united participants in 76 regions of the country. It was organized by “Molodezhka ONF” together with the Federal Biomedical Agency. The action took place from June 8 to 15 and was timed to coincide with World Donor Day, which is celebrated annually on June 14.
On May 18, more than 30 soldiers of the special motorized regiment of the Southern District of the Russian Guard provided donated blood at the Sevastopol Blood Center.
On 20th of April 2020, Donor Day in Russia, the contest #донорутожевкусно by the National Health Development Fund starts: a competition for delicious food and drink recipes for those who donate blood and its components, in preparation for donation and recovery after.
At present, Russian medical organizations and transfusion stations have a supply of donated blood and its components that fully meets the current need.
Taxi aggregator Citimobil launched free trips for donors to the Gavrilov Blood Center in Moscow.
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