You may have already given blood in high-school, so know how important it is that anyone who can donate blood does so, giving Lifesaving Blood.
Blood can save lives in many ways – from helping victims of road traffic accidents to replacing blood lost during surgery. Most blood in Africa is used to treat mothers in childbirth and the complications of malaria in children under-5
But as healthcare develops, ever-more blood is needed to enable these new therapies and procedures. Yet many countries struggle to collect enough blood, even for their most basic needs.
Currently, shortage of blood is hindering Africa’s development. Yet 60% of Africa’s population is young people under the age of 30. If African youth engages, the shortage could soon be a thing of the past.
This is where Pledge 25 Club comes in.
Many people begin donating blood at school. In fact, in many African countries, the majority of the nation’s blood need is met through high-school collection.
But when students leave school, they often do not know how to continue or where to go. And the supportive community of friends they used to donate with is no longer together.
The Pledge 25 Club programme helps Africa’s youth stay engaged with blood donation and continue saving lives with like-minded young people.