Volunteers from the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP) in Argentina, as part of the celebration of World Heart Day, blood drives were held in different parts of the country as part of the 10th International "Life is in the Blood" Marathon.
With the aim of fostering a voluntary, altruistic and regular blood donation culture, and raising awareness among the public about cardiovascular diseases, GEAP joined the work carried out by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation of the Heart (WHF).
The WHF established on September 29 as the World Heart Day, in order to carry out preventive work to reduce premature mortality by 25% by cardiovascular disease by 2025.
Health professionals were present during the voluntary blood drive
Effective days in Mendoza
To start with the campaigns in the city of Mendoza, the Secretary of Health of the municipality of Guaymallén, Marcelo Castillo, invited the activists to participate in the external collection developed in conjunction with the Regional Hemotherapy Center and the institutions that make up the Network Solidarity Donar.
The blood drive was held in the municipal esplanade with a result of 20 effective blood units. This event, which revealed the importance of being a regular blood donor, gave information to more than 300 people.
In the same way, the whole city was called through social networks to attend the day at the Regional Hemotherapy Center; 32 people showed their solidarity by voluntarily donating blood and more than 400 people received information about the benefits of donating blood.
Hospital employees participate in the marathon
Active citizenship in Olavarría
In the city of Olavarría, the activity began on September 7, on Avenida Colón and Rivadavia Street, where the activists presented brief talks on the donation of blood to the community.
On September 12, the GEAP held the blood drive at the Engineering Faculty of UNICEN together with the Hemotherapy Service of the Dr. Hector Cura Municipal Hospital and the student volunteer group: Connect Life of the Faculty of Higher Health Sciences. More than 500 people were sensitized, and 30 effective blood units were obtained.
Visit to the Kindergarten AMI
On September 26, the GEAP volunteers, together with members of the Hemotherapy Service of the Dr. Hector Cura Municipal Hospital, visited the AMI Kindergarten.
The GEAP under the Integral Program "Life is in the Blood", presented a play of puppets, songs, and games on the subject, and together with the Hemotherapy team promoted among children and teachers the importance of a culture of voluntary donation and regular blood.