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Marathon «Touch the heart»: almost 1,000 volunteers became donors in March

In January 2021, the VI Moscow donor marathon “Touch the heart. Donation 2021” started and will last until November 18.

Donor events are planned and carried out by 25 participants - universities, non-profit organizations and initiative groups, representatives of the business sector. In March, 974 people took part in the VI Moscow Donor Marathon “Touch the heart”, 850 became donors. The Moscow blood bank was replenished by almost 335 liters. Also, there was typing carried out to enter the registries of bone marrow donors at donor campaigns.

In March, "marathon" events were held at the Moscow Engineering Enterprise named after V.V. Chernyshev, the I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, the Sergo Ordzhonikidze Russian State University for Geological Prospecting, the Russian State University for the humanities, the State University of Management and Russian State University named after A.N. Kosygin, K. G. Razumovsky Moscow State University of Technologies and Management. Not only a blood collection campaign but a new format - the days of plasma quarantine was used in the Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University. Also, the donor campaign under the marathon in the format of a working Saturday took place in March at the donor department of the National Medical Research Center for Hematology of the Ministry of Health of Russia.

The donors were handled by doctors from the O.K. Gavrilov Blood Center, the Blood Center of the FMBA of Russia, the Blood Center of the I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, and the National Medical Research Center of Hematology.

“Touch the heart donor marathon not only allows uniting people willing to help with their blood. It reminds us that the need for donated blood is constant, it does not depend on either the pandemic or the time of year, and there is no effective replacement for donated blood yet: only a person with a truly responsive heart can become a donor. We sincerely wish that as many organizations in Moscow as possible join the marathon, and the National Fund for Healthcare Development will provide the organizers of donor campaigns with resource, information, and consulting support” - Elena Stefanyuk, the Director of the National Fund for Healthcare Development, Deputy Chairman of the Coordinating Council on Blood Donation at the Public Chamber Russian Federation.

At the end of the marathon, the participants - organizations and initiative groups - will be awarded diplomas and badges "Participant of the donor movement - 2021", and those who organized more than two donor events - memorabilia "Thank you for the lives saved!"

The events are held under the social project “Donation out of season. Development of regular blood donation in the capital", which is implemented by the National Fund for Healthcare Development with the support of the Committee for Public Relations and Youth Policy of the city of Moscow.

On July 23, in the Blood Center named after O.K. Gavrilov in Moscow, a traditional summer donor action was held, organized together with the association of motodonors «Motor Blood Service».
Members of the Blogger’s Council donated blood for young patients of the Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Center Of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology. After the donation, the members posted about the action, the benefits of donation and how to donate blood correctly. The coverage of the event amounted to more than 2.3 million people. The purpose is to raise awareness of the population about blood donation so that everyone can donate blood.
The general corporate identity and guidelines for its use were developed by the National Health Fund for the All-Russian campaign "#CultureDonorship #CulturalDonorCode".
World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) is held on June 14 each year. In this regard, the Club of Blood Donation Volunteers of the Samara Aerospace University congratulates the participants in the donor movement of the educational institution and invites you to take part in the interactive online game "The Journey of a Drop of Blood".
The event was held with the organizational support of the National Health Fund.
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