The 3rd International Blood Donation Marathon “Life is in the Blood”, a campaign carried out twice a year by the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace, reached Nicaragua after the city was put on high alert for a natural disaster.
A few days ago, on April 10, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and Costa Rica awoke to a 6.2 magnitude earthquake, causing panic among the people and bringing back memories of the devastating earthquake of 1972, which with that same intensity destroyed the city of Managua, Nicaragua, and resulted in the death of more than 20,000 people.
The cities of Masaya, Managua, Rivas, and Chinandega, welcomed the Activists for Peace that participated in the blood drive on April 25 and 26, where 345 effective units of blood were collected. They also raised awareness among the participants as to the importance of having large quantities of blood available in case of an earthquake.
One of the main concerns of government and other agencies is to have enough blood in stock to supply the needs of as many patients as possible in case of another natural disaster.
An act of solidarity can save 3 to 4 lives in these cases of emergency.