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Almost all donors in Russia donate blood for free

Multimedia press conference dedicated to National Donor Day was held on 18th of April in International information agency “Russia today”.

In advance of the National blood donor day, celebrating on 20th of April, journalists were told about major aspects of donor movement growth, achievements of 2018 and rising effectiveness from cooperation with donors.

There are 101 regional transfusion stations (Blood station), 231 regional transfusion centers, 4 federal blood centers and 46 transfusion branches of federal institutions in Russia, according to data, presented by specialists from Blood center of Federal Biomedical Agency (FBA).

A unified federal blood service base has been created in Russia. It combines both regional registries of regular donors and data of health conditions of people who donate blood. It allows to ensure the safe use of donor blood and its components, minimizing the risk of serious infections for the patients. In addition, complete information on blood reserves allows the redistribution of blood components among the medical institutions.

260 blood service institutions have been already united by an information system. It includes not only regional donor registries, but also information from medical institutions - HIV / AIDS centers, cancer and tuberculosis treatment clinics. It is necessary, that the donor who has come to donate blood, is healthy” - Sofia Golosova, the head of the Blood Center of the FBA of Russia, the main freelance transfusiologist of the FBA.

The approach to blood donation in Russia is now based on the principles of “responsible donation”. It is not a one-time action, but permanent, regular donations. The components of blood from people who donate for the first time, must be sent to quarantine for several months, in order to avoid any chance of infections from person in the latency period to enter the medical facilities. After six months, the donor must pass a repeated analysis to check his health and remove the quarantine. If a person donates blood regularly, such monitoring of his health occurs automatically.

A unified information system monitors and refuse people with contraindication, even if they moved to other region. What is more important and safe for donorship is a principle of responsible donation. It is about people, who donate blood for free in order to help others” - Sofia Golosova

The second principle “from vein to vein” provides for precise control and safety at all stages - from the moment of blood collection from the donor, its processing, storage of components and use for patients.

By the end of 2018, the total number of blood donors amounted to more than 1.283 million people, more than 2.5 million donations were performed by donors. Compared with 2017, the number of platelet donations increased by 12.2%, plasma donations by 1.1%.

96.5% of all donations in 2018 are non-remunerated, which is very important for the development of donations” - Olga Eichler, head of the blood services department at the Federal Biomedical Agency of Russia.
Cooperation in the field of blood donation between the Vologda Optical and Mechanical Plant and the Vologda Regional Blood Transfusion Station No. 1 was recognized as successful and will continue in 2020.
With the support of the Presidential Grants Fund by the National Health Development Fund, within the framework of the social project “#DONORSTVOKROVIROSSII: an interaction space”, work continues on an independent assessment of the openness of information and accessibility of blood service institutions.
Within the framework of the social project “#DONORSTVOKROVIROSSI: Interaction Space - Model Solutions for the Development of Regular Free Blood Donation in the Russian Regions”, the National Health Development Fund in 2019-2020. will conduct a sociological study on topical issues of the development of blood donation and its components in Russia.
More than 400 participants from 58 regions of the Russian Federation gathered at their main professional event - the XII All-Russian Forum of the Blood Service, which was held in Kaliningrad on 6th of December.
Updated and new model solutions for the development of regular free blood donation in the regions of Russia are developed by the National Health Development Fund in 2019-2020. in the framework of the social project #ДОНОРСТВОКРОВИРОССИИ: Interaction Space” with the support of the Presidential Grants Fund.
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