This blood donation campaign, organized by The National Blood Donation Centre in accordance with the National Blood Donation Plan 2017 of Thai Red Cross Society. This event was held in Khon Kaen province of Thailand on 27-28 March 2017 to demonstrate the capacity of the Mobile Blood Donation Unit/Service with medical equipment/installations, the processes of operating Mobile Blood Donation Unit and Medical equipment maintenance of Mobile Blood Donation Unit/Service. There was also visiting of the Fix station (the extended blood service in the community at Kosa Hotel). The theme of this campaign is “Good health begins with donating blood every 3 month”.
Six participants from Lao Red Cross National Blood Transfusion Centre were cordially invited to take part in the Biennial Blood Campaign 2017 as scheduled. Additionally, with this campaign, there were 155 provincial Red Cross committee members from 13 provinces located in the North-Eastern part of Thailand actively attended in this important event. This biennial campaign is not only improving the capacity of the members of Red Cross at the provincial level but also increasing knowledge and public awareness raising in communities in understanding the need of blood to save lives. It was anticipated that this would be a great opportunity for Lao Red Cross National Blood Transfusion Centre to learn and then share the experience for increasing the visibility and the capacities to scale up “the quality of blood services in Laos PDR.”