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Under the patronage of HE Abdulla bin Khalid Al Qahtani, the Minister of Public Health, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) will again this year honor blood donors at a celebratory event scheduled to coincide with World Blood Donor Day on 14 June.

More than 400 blood donors and a number of local organisations will be honored during the event. This year, the World Blood Donor Day will be marked worldwide under the theme: ‘Thank You for Saving My Life’.

Sponsors of this year’s event are:

  • Qatar Chemical Company (Q-CHEM) – Platinum Sponsor
  • Al Fardan Holding Company and Qatar Gas Company – Gold sponsors
  • Qatar Electricity and Water Company, Qatar Steel, Al Darwish United Company and Qatar Petrochemical Company – Silver Sponsors.

Executive Director of HMC’s Corporate Communications Department, Ali Al Khater, said the Corporation was grateful for the support of some of Qatar’s most high profile companies and well from the wider community. He said:

Blood donation helps save millions of lives every year. It gives patients with life-threatening diseases in need of blood transfusion a chance to live longer and improve the quality of their lives. We are very grateful for the widespread community support for blood donation in Qatar.’

Al Khater said the Blood Donor Center at HMC and the Corporate Communications Department have joined forces to promote World Blood Donor Day through media campaigns and supporting various events and activities.

Medical Director of Blood Donor Center, Siddiqa Al Mahmoudi, said World Blood Donor Day is celebrated in Qatar and globally to express gratitude to voluntary blood donors who are helping save the lives of patients with life-threatening diseases. She said that for the fifth consecutive year, the Blood Donor Center has achieved a 100% voluntary blood donation rate – the highest in the region. She said:

Thanks to the innovative blood donation awareness programs we have initiated at HMC. We are playing a vital role in nurturing the culture of blood donation in the community and helping attract more voluntary blood donors. The blood donation effort is helping supplement the strategic reserve of the blood bank and in meeting the needs for safe blood and its derivatives by both public and private healthcare facilities in Qatar.’

According to Al Mahmoudi, HMC’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology is playing a pivotal role in improving the standards of blood transfusion in Qatar according to the provisions of the National Health Strategy.

HMC has been the principal public healthcare provider in the state of Qatar for over three decades. HMC manages eight hospitals, incorporating five specialist hospitals and three community hospitals. HMC also manages the National Ambulance Service as well as home and residential care, all accredited by Joint Commission International. HMC is leading the development of the region’s first academic health system and is committed to building a legacy of healthcare expertise in Qatar. HMC collaborates with partners who are key experts in Qatar and beyond, including Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Partners Healthcare, Boston.