Blood Donation: Living the experience and Saving lives


RSLAF personnel take turn to donate blood at the Benguema Barracks

KMN – Freetown (July 26). As journalists, we do not only report events, we also live the experience sometimes, while on the job.

This is what KMN’s Rachael Williams of Culture Radio  demonstrated  when she accompanied a joint team of the Safe Blood Services of Connaught and Cottage hospitals at the Benguema Military Barracks to cover a blood donation ceremony.

Benguema, located in the heart of the small town of Waterloo, about 30km from Freetown, was one of over a dozen centers designated as donation site for a nationwide coordinated voluntary blood donation exercise. It was part of this year's World Blood Donor Day, commemorated every June 14.
Sierra Leone delayed the commemoration to organize the nationwide donation ceremony on June 21.

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2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home, more than twice as many lack safe sanitation

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News release

12 July 2017 | GENEVA | NEW YORK - Some 3 in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.5 billion, lack safely managed sanitation, according to a new report by WHO and UNICEF.

The Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report, Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and Sustainable Development Goal baselines, presents the first global assessment of “safely managed” drinking water and sanitation services. The overriding conclusion is that too many people still lack access, particularly in rural areas.

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Managing complications in pregnancy and childbirth: a guide for midwives and doctors – 2nd ed.

Since the first edition was published in 2000, Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth has been translated into several languages and today is used widely in training for and the provision of emergency obstetric care. The new edition brings the guidance in the manual into line with WHO’s current recommendations for emergency obstetric and newborn care.

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Joint United Nations statement on ending discrimination in health care settings

United Nations entities recall that a central principle of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to “ensure that no one is left behind” and to “reach the furthest behind first”. Recognizing that discrimination in health care settings is a major barrier to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations entities commit to working together to support Member States in taking coordinated multisectoral action to eliminate discrimination in health care settings.

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