2018 News

In executing its mandate, NBSZ seeks to improve the quality of life of patients in need of blood without any form of discrimination. NBSZ’s services cover the whole country and this is done through five regional offices in; Mutare (for Manicaland Region), Harare (for the three Mashonaland Provinces), Gweru (for Midlands Region), Masvingo (Masvingo Province) and Bulawayo for (Matebeleland North, & South and the Bulawayo Metropolitan provinces). NBSZ has, thus, strategically positioned itself in order to respond effectively and efficiently to people’s needs.

Free Blood for all Public Health Institutions

The Ministry of Health and Child Care has with effect from 01 July 2018 made blood and blood products free at all public health institutions, a move that saw National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) consenting by effecting the changes in blood user fees as announced by the government.

The free blood initiative comes in the wake of an address made by the Honourable Minister of Health & Child Care, Dr David Pagwesese Parirenyatwa who was represented by the Midlands Province Minister of State, Mr Owen Ncube as the guest of honour at the 14th of June World Blood Donor Day commemorations held in Gweru.

The Honourable Minister of Health & Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa in his speech conferred that the Zimbabwean Government injected a $4,2 million subsidy into the NBSZ, bringing down the cost user fees of blood to $50 in January 2018.

Furthermore, he conceded that this however, was still pricey for the majority of citizens who are living below the poverty datum line. But through the Health Financing Strategy launched on the 6th of June at Murewa hospital, health sector domestic funding is expected to improve and accordingly increase access to quality health for all citizens.

“It is against this backdrop ladies and gentlemen, as part of the new national health financing policy and strategy, Government made a decision to inject further funding into the NBSZ to make blood free for all patients in our public hospitals beginning 1 July 2018.” Dr. Parirenyatwa added.

However, he cautioned that, free blood to all public hospitals will increase demand and it is important for NBSZ to come up with various outreach programmes in the communities across Zimbabwe to recruit more blood donors and raise awareness for blood donation so as to match demand. 

NBSZ CEO Ms. Lucy Marowa has commended this noble gesture by the government of providing blood for free to all public health institutions after she had lamented how the issue of cost of blood has always been a contentious issue to both Government and the vulnerable groups in the community who could not access it.

 As a way to try and caution blood donors, Ms Marowa indicated that NBSZ through its own resources could only manage to assist blood donors who qualified as per the set criteria to access free blood and blood products for their beneficiaries. Through this facility NBSZ in 2017 assisted blood donors to the tune of $34,448,00. Some of these beneficiaries are patients with chronic medical conditions who require products regularly from the Service.  Furthermore, as part of NBSZ Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, NBSZ has been and still continues to support the KidzCan programme where it covers half of the cost of the unit of blood that is needed for every cancer patient.  

 NBSZ is prepared for the free blood initiative & measures to make sure that the blood bank is well stocked are already in place. Additional mobile teams to cover a wider geographical area have been activated. Plans are also already in place to: hold holiday blood drives targeting both adults & youths, increase blood collection sites, Increase radius distance for blood collections and Intensify awareness campaigns targeting the general public.

Free blood initiative is for public hospitals. For the nation to remain adequately stocked, NBSZ solely relies on people like you to give blood. The government has done its part and the responsibility is now with us as the citizens. To those whose who are fit & healthy please visit any of our clinics near you & give blood.

For your questions and answers, please write or contact; Esther Massundah; Public Affairs Manager on 251851, 251854 / 251855-6, 0772162279, 0772162280, 0772162281, 0772162282, 0772162283, 0772162284, 0772162285 or email info@nbsz.co.zw  or like our page on Facebook:- @NBSZ bloodbank or follow us on Twitter: – @NBSZbloodbank WhatsApp 0777748841

 

NBSZ Community blood donor initiatives

The Mission of the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) is to save lives through the provision of safe blood and blood products that meet customer expectations. Unlike the rains that come from the heavens, blood cannot be manufactured, it is only found in the human body and Voluntary blood donation is the back-borne of a successful national blood donor recruitment programme.

Blood donation is a humanitarian act of giving the precious liquid without receiving any form of payment, fundamentally enough the whole population including the rural community plays a pivotal role in the success of such initiatives.

NBSZ subscribes to The World Health Organization’s (WHO) goal for all countries to obtain all blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors by 2020 in accordance with World Health Assembly resolution 28.72, which was adopted in 1975. In an effort to enhance this, the Service has deliberately adopted a collective position to inform, raise awareness and recruit as much blood donors as possible to boost the blood donor base to reach the 1% of the population as enunciated by the WHO to garner blood adequacy at all times.

NBSZ has managed to meet national requirements for blood and blood products so far, and in preparation for the holidays more blood drives have been lined up to ensure that there are no sudden eventualities of blood shortages. The need for blood never goes on a holiday; hence giving blood should be a lifelong commitment that must never be struck off from your ‘To-do Lists.’

If blood stocks are sufficient, this means lives will be saved and this is only made possible by voluntary blood donors who come from all walks of life, different backgrounds, religions and ages, who choose to donate blood on their own free will, without any payment, these individuals perform a “heroic” act, a gesture of human solidarity with the power to save lives.

So far the Service is working with both the urban and rural population in its blood donation programme. Donors come from various backgrounds, all for this worthy cause. High Schools located in different areas serve as the entry point into the rural community. The approach is in two fold, donors can either give blood at a community hall or school. Blood drives at community halls are normally held during school holidays as part of the Pledge 25 Club Zimbabwe which is youth based programme to ensure a continuous adequate supply of blood and blood products when schools are on vacation because they contribute 70% of the total collections annually.

Blood drives coordinated under the NBSZ Harare branch covers far and wide including rural areas such as Murombedzi, Wedza, Mvurwi amongst others. In other Provinces, blood drives specific for the rural population are also held. In Masvingo NBSZ covers Chivi, Jerera, and Nyika, in Mutare – Hauna, Nyanyadzi, Murambinda, Chimanimani and in Bulawayo – Esigodini, and Tsholotsho are covered. Plans to roll out more areas are in place for 2019 so that NBSZ gives as much people as possible an opportunity to contribute to the national bloodbank.

Some of the corporate wellness programmes that NBSZ participates in, are companies located in the rural areas. The information shared at these fora’s benefits the local communities as some of the workers are residents. People educated on various health related issues at these wellness programmes are encouraged to share the information with others in the community for the benefit of all. 

Partnerships have been formed with like-minded organisations like Juniour Achievement Zimbabwe (JAZ) in Manicaland, Mutare which has structures that extend to the rural community. Through the JAZ structures, blood donation is promoted as part of its programming in the rural areas and as a result, this has seen public donor education managing to penetrate to the grass roots level.   

Under the schools’ blood collection programme, NBSZ has an inclusive approach for both urban and rural areas. An excess of 500 schools are visited per term by NBSZ blood collection Mobile teams and their contribution is invaluable. As part of the ongoing blood collection programme universities across the country are also visited during the school holidays and a total of 10 institutions are part of the NBSZ blood donation programmes.

The Zimbabwe blood donation programme initiative aims at promoting and sensitising both potential blood donors and regular blood donors to be conscientious and consistent in donating blood regardless of geographical location. Hospitals need blood every day for patients, and one unit of blood from a blood donor can help save up to three lives.  

Minimum Requirements to be a donor:

  •    Between the ages of 16-65 years old
    •    Weigh more than 50kg’s
    •    Be in good health 
    •    Lead a safe, low risk lifestyle

 For your questions and answers, please write or contact; Esther Massundah; Public Affairs Manager on 251851, 251854 / 251855-6, 0772162279, 0772162280, 0772162281, 0772162282, 0772162283, 0772162284, 0772162285 or email info@nbsz.co.zw  or like our page on Facebook:- @NBSZ bloodbank or follow us on Twitter: – @NBSZbloodbank

 

 

2017 News

NBSZ Launches the Life is in the Blood Campaign

National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) in partnership with Joina City Shopping Mall launched the Life is in the Blood campaign on Wednesday 22 February 2017. The launch was held at the NBSZ Harare blood collection clinic where a campaign activation blood drive took place.

The campaign launch has seen the reactivation of the NBSZ Sunday Mail Column which had been temporarily put on halt. The column starting with this week’s publication will be publishing articles once at the end of each month. 

The campaign comes at the back of another successful campaign; ‘The Festive Season Campaign’ that was held in December 2016 under the theme ‘Blood Connects Us All’. Over 5,450 units of blood were collected against a set target of 5,540 units. The campaign managed to bridge the gap of seasonal shortages of blood and blood products which had become a usual recurrence every year. 

The Life is in the Blood Campaign which started on January 01 and runs till December 31 2017 aims to Increase blood collections at NBSZ static clinics around the country and raise awareness on the Blood Services operations in Zimbabwe.

NBSZ is targeting to collect 70,000 units of blood in 2017 compared to last year’s target of 65,000 units. Hence the Joina City funded campaign is meant to complement NBSZ’s efforts to achieve its set target for blood collections in 2017.

In the previous years, NBSZ has been able to meet the Country’s needs for blood and blood products in Hospitals; nevertheless the Service in partnership with Joina City Shopping Mall is holding this campaign to curtail any probability of any incidence of blood shortages and as well as inform and educate the public on the importance of donating blood amongst Zimbabweans especially the adult populace. Hence the campaign’s thrust is predominantly targeting the adult population since youths account for over 70 percent of the National annual blood collections in the Bloodbank whilst adults are less than 20 percent.  

Radio Zimbabwe has also joined the campaign by partnering through providing radio publicity. As a result, some of the Radio Zimbabwe programme presenters and crew members made their contribution to the campaign by donating blood at the Life is in the Blood campaign activation launch.

Amongst the Faith Based Organisations, the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church through its youth wing led by Pastor Tatenda Machomire joined the campaign by also donating blood during the campaign launch and as well as pledged to continue giving blood even after the campaign. The SDA joined the campaign as part of their pre-campaign of the Global Youth Week to be held on March 18 2017. On this day, more blood drives organised by the SDA will be held countrywide at the NBSZ blood donor clinics in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare and Masvingo.

The NBSZ recently opened a clinic in the Harare CBD at the Joina City Shopping Mall. The clinic is conveniently located in a safe, secure and comfortable environment meant to provide expediency to our blood donors. The clinic is located on the First Floor at shop No. 128, just before the Julius Nyerere Footbridge. 

Blood is precious, and unfortunately there will never be enough of it. As opportunities for successful treatment of cancers, injuries, surgical problems and blood disorders increase, the demand for blood rises. So, Safe blood begins with me and you! Be a Blood Donor Today.

For your questions and answers, please write or contact; Esther Massundah; Public Affairs Manager on 251851, 251854 / 251855-6, 0772162279, 0772162280, 0772162281, 0772162282, 0772162283, 0772162284, 0772162285 or email info@nbsz.co.zw  or like our page on Facebook:- @NBSZ bloodbank or follow us on Twitter: – @NBSZbloodbank

NBSZ AUGUST HOLIDAY PREPAREDNESS

Following the end of the World Blood Donor Day Campaign which concluded with a Scientific Evening on the 27th of July, the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has embarked on an August Holiday Blood Drive campaign to be held under the theme “Life is in the Blood.” The campaign shows NBSZ’s holiday preparedness as High Schools close for the end of term school holiday and the nation approaches the Heroes Day public holidays. The Life is in the Blood August Campaign which is targeting both the youths and the adults aims to collect 4,350 units of blood.

The national blood collection target for the year 2017 is 70,000 units of blood which is an increase compared to last year’s target of 65,000 units. Hence the August Holiday campaign will contribute towards and complement NBSZ’s efforts to achieve its set target for blood collections in 2017.

The Campaign constitutes of blood drives to be held through NBSZ static clinics targeting the adults and the Pledge 25 Club Zimbabwe targeting the youth around the country, hosted through NBSZ’s five offices in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare and Masvingo.   

The holiday campaign was officially launched through an activation Pledge 25 Club Zimbabwe Ladies Gala blood drive that was held on Saturday 5 August and the campaign will run up to the 5th of September 2017. The blood drives also known as “galas” will be targeting both sexes and will be held at 38 other venues in major cities, towns and growth points. Hence, the Pledge 25 Club Zimbabwe is inviting all its members to attend its organised blood drives. It is the club’s principle that its members donate blood often so as to maintain regularity.

The Pledge 25 Club concept with its origin from Zimbabwe has proudly been emulated globally in over 62 countries as “Club 25”. Membership is open to all who will manage to donate 25 units at or before they turn 30 years of age. The mission of the club is to consistently provide low risk and adequate blood and contribute to the overall well-being of the nation through innovative, cost effective youth-oriented activities. This is motivated by the goal of contributing to a healthy nation through active youth initiatives and participation.

Campaigns such as the Life is in the Blood campaign help to combat challenges of seasonal blood shortages by ensuring safe and adequate supply of blood and blood components to enable a constant supply of blood to hospitals especially during school and National holiday periods such as the Heroes Day.

The Life is in the Blood Campaign is a partnership between NBSZ and Joina City Shopping Mall which started on January 01 and runs till December 31 2017. The campaign aims to Increase blood collections and raise awareness on NBSZ’s operations in Zimbabwe.

In the previous years, NBSZ has been able to meet the Country’s needs for blood and blood products in Hospitals; nevertheless the Service in partnership with Joina City Shopping Mall is holding this campaign to curtail any probability of any incidence of blood shortages and as well as inform and educate the public on the importance of donating blood amongst Zimbabweans especially the adult populace. Adults are strongly encouraged to take up the responsibility of being active regular blood donors as they contribute 30% to the National annual blood collections in the Bloodbank whilst youths account for 70%.

All persons who are between 16 and 65 years of age, who are healthy and have no infections that can be transmitted to the recipients of their donated blood are eligible to donate blood. If one is already a repeat donor at 65yrs, this can be extended to 70 years, dependent on Medical assessment. Donors must weigh at least 50kgs and meet the documented NBSZ guidelines and criteria for safe blood donation.

“Life is in the Blood: Donate Blood today.”

 

For your questions and answers, please write or contact; Esther Massundah; Public Affairs Manager on 251851, 251854 / 251855-6, 0772162279, 0772162280, 0772162281, 0772162282, 0772162283, 0772162284, 0772162285 or email info@nbsz.co.zw  or like our page on Facebook:- @NBSZ bloodbank or follow us on Twitter: – @NBSZbloodbank

NBSZ AUGUST HOLIDAY PREPAREDNESS

Following the end of the World Blood Donor Day Campaign which concluded with a Scientific Evening on the 27th of July, the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has embarked on an August Holiday Blood Drive campaign to be held under the theme “Life is in the Blood.” The campaign shows NBSZ’s holiday preparedness as High Schools close for the end of term school holiday and the nation approaches the Heroes Day public holidays. The Life is in the Blood August Campaign which is targeting both the youths and the adults aims to collect 4,350 units of blood.

The national blood collection target for the year 2017 is 70,000 units of blood which is an increase compared to last year’s target of 65,000 units. Hence the August Holiday campaign will contribute towards and complement NBSZ’s efforts to achieve its set target for blood collections in 2017.

The Campaign constitutes of blood drives to be held through NBSZ static clinics targeting the adults and the Pledge 25 Club Zimbabwe targeting the youth around the country, hosted through NBSZ’s five offices in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare and Masvingo.   

The holiday campaign was officially launched through an activation Pledge 25 Club Zimbabwe Ladies Gala blood drive that was held on Saturday 5 August and a total of 348 units of blood were collected. The campaign will run up to the 5th of September 2017. The blood drives also known as “galas” are targeting both sexes and will be held at 38 other venues in major cities, towns and growth points. Hence, the Pledge 25 Club Zimbabwe is inviting all its members to attend its organised blood drives. It is the club’s principle that its members donate blood often so as to maintain regularity. Venues and dates are available on NBSZ Facebook page, Twitter and Website.  

The Pledge 25 Club concept with its origin from Zimbabwe has proudly been emulated globally in over 62 countries as “Club 25”. Membership is open to all who will manage to donate 25 units at or before they turn 30 years of age. The mission of the club is to consistently provide low risk and adequate blood and contribute to the overall well-being of the nation through innovative, cost effective youth-oriented activities. This is motivated by the goal of contributing to a healthy nation through active youth initiatives and participation.

Campaigns such as the Life is in the Blood campaign help to combat challenges of seasonal blood shortages by ensuring safe and adequate supply of blood and blood components to enable a constant supply of blood to hospitals especially during school and National holiday periods such as the Heroes Day.

The Life is in the Blood Campaign is a partnership between NBSZ and Joina City Shopping Mall which started on January 01 and runs till December 31 2017. The campaign aims to Increase blood collections and raise awareness on NBSZ’s operations in Zimbabwe.

In the previous years, NBSZ has been able to meet the Country’s needs for blood and blood products in Hospitals; nevertheless the Service in partnership with Joina City Shopping Mall is holding this campaign to curtail any probability of any incidence of blood shortages and as well as inform and educate the public on the importance of donating blood amongst Zimbabweans especially the adult populace. Adults are strongly encouraged to take up the responsibility of being active regular blood donors as they contribute 30% to the National annual blood collections in the Bloodbank whilst youths account for 70%.

All persons who are between 16 and 65 years of age, who are healthy and have no infections that can be transmitted to the recipients of their donated blood are eligible to donate blood. If one is already a repeat donor at 65yrs, this can be extended to 70 years, dependent on Medical assessment. Donors must weigh at least 50kgs and meet the documented NBSZ guidelines and criteria for safe blood donation.

“Life is in the Blood: Donate Blood today.”

 

The Joina City donor clinic located on the first floor accessible through the Centenary Bridge link will be open for donors throughout the month of August every Monday to Saturday except on public holidays. The Joina City NBSZ Donor clinic offers a clean, calm and serene environment allowing donors an opportunity to save lives while they make donations. Joina City will be trading during the month of August including heroes, and defence forces days. Log onto our Facebook page for more information on August holiday specials; Joina City, Zimbabwe.

 

For your questions and answers, please write or contact; Esther Massundah; Public Affairs Manager on 251851, 251854 / 251855-6, 0772162279, 0772162280, 0772162281, 0772162282, 0772162283, 0772162284, 0772162285 or email info@nbsz.co.zw  or like our page on Facebook:- @NBSZ bloodbank or follow us on Twitter: – @NBSZbloodbank

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