Interview With Miss Sarah

Thursday, 12 September 2019 13:55
Interview with Sara

QUESTIONAIRE TO MISS SARA (Blood donation recruitment manager)

Introduction by Sarah(Name,position, how long has she held this position) ?

My name is Sarah Mutegombwa and I am Program Manager for Blood Donor Recruitment in Uganda Red Cross Society. I have been working in this filed for over a decade.

Why is it important to donate blood ?

Blood saves lives. Blood can only be donated and cannot be manufactured. Blood is mostly used in emergencies where there is inadequate time for any other alternatives.

How often can a person donate blood ?

Male donors can donate blood every three months while female donors would be every four months.
Is it recommendable for everyone to donate blood?

Blood can be donated by healthy individuals that have adequate blood volumes and weigh 45kgs and above. They should be between the ages of 17 to 50 for female donors and 17 to 60 for Male donors.

What do the donors get in return of blood donation?

Blood donation is a voluntary and non-remunerated /free action. Nothing is given in exchange of the donated blood. The most important benefit is to save a life, which would be lost in the absence of blood

What are some reasons people give for not donating blood?

People give different reasons for not donating blood. Some reasons are related to myths and misconceptions which we frequently address in the sensitization campaigns. Some of these misconceptions include; the fear for the fainting, pain, needles, how much blood is given, the sterility of the equipment and the professionalism of the workers. Some people are afraid that they will not be able to carry on with their daily routine after giving blood. Some also say that they have never been asked to donate

What strategies have you put in place so to improve on blood donation ?

How have you implemented those strategies?

URCS Blood Donor Recruitment Strategy guides the donor recruitment campaigns.
The strategies take on the community-based approach of engaging Red Cross members and volunteers in their community as ambassadors, donors and recruiters for other blood donors.
URCS has over 364,000 Members and volunteers who are spearheading the campaign to increase blood donations by 20% annually. The strategy was started effective in July 2018, with positive results registered so far.

What challenges have you faced during blood donation campaigns ?

Blood donation is voluntary and we are still getting inadequate donors to meet the country needs for blood. For this country to have adequate blood, 2% of the population should be blood donors. Currently blood is given by 0.5% of the population of Uganda. We need more people to respond to blood donation campaigns.

How many liters of blood are you hoping to collect this year ?
Blood is measured in units and every donation is equivalent to one unit. The annual target is 300,000 units.

How many liters of blood have collected so far?

So far 230,000 units have been donated.

How many did you collect last year?

Last year we collected 240,000 units.

What are you doing different this year to collect more blood?
Our biggest challenge amongst the donor panel is that it is largely constituted by students. With the challenges related to busy school schedules, we are refocusing on the adult out of school donors, at places of work, markets, shopping malls and places of worship, where we hope to inculcate a culture of donation

What do u think causes shortage of blood in hospitals?

The shortages emanate from the supply. The supply is inadequate. We have reached 80% of the supply and the deficit of 20% is not addressed. All our current efforts are geared to closing that gap.
Note that the need is not static. It grows with population growth and improvement in health care service delivery and so we anticipate an increase in the demand.

Can a blood donor demand for blood at anytime?

Everyone is entitled to blood be it a donor or not. Its access is procedural driven by need without discrimination.

How many people die due to lack of blood annually?
Death is the last thing one would want to proudly speak about. The fact that the supplies are not adequate, there are definitely lives being lost.

Who are the recipients of the blood?

Blood in Uganda is majorly given to children under 5 years as a result of severe anemia caused by malaria and malnutrition. This covers about 50% of the blood donated. Women with pregnancy related complications take about 30%. Surgical and medical cases take 10% and accident victims use the remaining 10%.

Note the interview is a Print Version.
Conducted by Robert Kasumba and Namayanja Daisy (Communication Volunteers)
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