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Mega Event of Blood Donors to be held in March 2015

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KARACHI- Help International Welfare Trust – a non-governmental organization, working in the field of social work and health sector is organizing a mega blood donation camp, with the theme; ‘The Blood Donor Expo-2015’. The event will be held on 29th March 2015 in Karachi to promote blood donation culture especially among the younger segments of the society.

This was announced by the Media Director of Help International Welfare Trust, Syed Hasnain Rizvi, while addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club. Group Executive Director & Spokesman – Kamran Ahmed, Abdul Rauf Tabani, Aadil Khan, SM Asghar and others were also present on this occasion.

Rizvi said team of Help International Welfare Trust has made plans to establish Pakistan’s largest blood donation camp at Expo Center and will try to collect 5000 blood bags within this one-day ceremony. It will start from 9:00 am and continue till 9:00pm on 29th March. He said; The aim of organizing this mega blood donation camp is to generate awareness in general public about the benefits of blood donation. He said promoting voluntary blood donation culture is necessary in the country to overcome shortage of blood in hospitals and other institutions providing transfusion facilities to thalassaemia suffering children.

He said Iran and Italy had successfully controlled the thalassaemia prevalence in their respective countries, through combined efforts. If the authorities concerned, work jointly, we will able to make Pakistan a thalassaemia-free country in the near future. He said; The “Sindh Prevention and Control of Thalassemia bill” was passed by the Sindh Assembly but unfortunately, this important law could not be enforced yet.

He said; Thalassaemia is a genetic blood disorder prevalent in Pakistan. More than 5,000 babies are born with thalassemia disease every year, while 0.1 million children are living with thalassemia in the country. Approximately 10 million people in our population, have minor thalassemia, which may intensify to become major thalssaemia disease, in their next generation, if these patients marry another Thalassemia carrier.

Help International Welfare Trust is currently providing free of cost treatment and blood transfusion facilities to 30 children. 90 percent people in the country are ignorant about thalassaemia disease.

January 1, 2015

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