Blood Donors Contribute to World Health

April 1, 2010

Please give blood April 7-11 and help save lives

NEW YORK, April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — New York Blood Center (NYBC) and its divisions serving the 20 million people of New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey call upon the community to please donate blood, in recognition of World Health Day, and to help save lives.

April 7, 2010 is World Health Day. Founded by the World Health Organization (WHO), this year’s theme is “1,000 Cities – 1,000 Lives,” with a focus on urbanization and health. Events will be organized worldwide during the week of April 7-11, calling on cities to open up streets for health activities. Stories of urban health champions will be gathered to illustrate what people are doing to improve health in their cities. You can help by donating blood, or by organizing a blood drive in your community, house of worship, or place of work.

Urbanization and population growth remain a challenge for public health. According to WHO, virtually all population growth over the next 30 years will be in urban areas, and the urban poor suffer disproportionately from a wide range of diseases and other health problems. Blood donors are an integral part of keeping cities healthier, by contributing to and helping to maintain the community blood supply, which is used for patient needs including surgeries, emergencies and cancer treatments. About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital will need blood.

The shelf life for blood is limited and must constantly be replenished through continual volunteer blood donations.

    To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive,
    please call Toll Free:  1-800-933-2566
    Visit:  www.nybloodcenter.org

Any company, community organization, place of worship, or individual may host a blood drive. NYBC also offers special community service scholarships for students who organize community blood drives during the winter holiday and summer periods. Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and hemoglobin level. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (with parental permission or consent), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People age 76 and over may donate with a doctor’s note.

About New York Blood Center: New York Blood Center (NYBC) is one of the nation’s largest non-profit, community-based blood centers. NYBC has been providing blood, transfusion products and services to almost 200 hospitals, serving 20 million people, in greater New York since 1964. NYBC is also home to the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute and the National Cord Blood Program at the Howard P. Milstein National Cord Blood Center, the world’s largest public cord blood bank. NYBC provides medical services and programs (Clinical, Transfusion, and Hemophilia Services) through our medical professionals along with consultative services in transfusion medicine.

    Contact:  Leslie Gonzalez
    (212) 570-3304  Office
    (646) 342-3038  Mobile

SOURCE New York Blood Center

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