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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 June 22, the donor marathon "Space is in our blood", dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the first flight into space of Yuri Gagarin started in the Kumye region.
On June 14, medical volunteers held a flash mob timed to World Blood Donor Day in Sochi, on Flag Square. The annual event is always dedicated to a specific topic, this time the campaign was held under the motto "Donate blood, let life beats in the world."
On May 21, 2021, at 18:00 (Moscow time), the Volunteer Center of the Moscow City University will host a blood donation quiz on VKontakte. The winners will receive gifts from the organizers and the National Health Fund - the board game “Equivoki. Russian donor ".
Within the framework of the XIII International Salon "Integrated Security - 2021", which took place in the city of Kubinka, Moscow Region, a charity donor campaign was held. Specialists from all departments of the EMERCOM of Russia took part, together with representatives of the Department of Educational, Scientific, and Technical Activities.
The head of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency Veronika Igorevna Skvortsova and the head of the Republic of Bashkortostan Radiy Khabirov opened the XIII All-Russian Forum of the Blood Service, which took place in Ufa on the eve of the National Donor Day.
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