NBAD Head Office in Abu Dhabi
The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), the Number One Bank in the UAE, sponsors its seventh Annual Blood Drive beginning next week.
The Blood Donation Drives are part of NBAD’s sustainability strategy and they will take place on February 13, 15, 16, and 24. NBAD combines forces with Abu Dhabi Blood Bank, which operates under Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, a SEHA Healthsystem Facility, and the Ministry of Health Department of Blood Transfusion & Research Services to conduct the blood drives.
On February 13, blood donation is organised solely for NBAD Staff at the Bank’s Head Office and Khalidiya Branch. The mobile blood collection centre will set up to receive members of the public on February 15 and 16. The event will be opened with a performance by the Abu Dhabi Police Band. Donors can come and register right in front of One NBAD Tower, the Bank’s Head Office on Khalifa Street. On February 24 the NBAD Blood Drive will move to NBAD Deira Branch in Dubai where a collection point will be set up outside the branch for both staff and members of the public to donate.
Since NBAD began the annual blood drives in 2004, the number of blood donors has continuously increased every year both amongst NBAD staff and community members who generously give the most valuable “gift of life.”
“Our aim is to encourage our staff and the community to contribute towards replenishing the nation’s stocks of blood. But we want to go beyond this by raising awareness of the importance and the positive impacts of being an active blood donor,” said Belinda Scott, Senior Manager Corporate Sustainability at NBAD. “Every year we review the results and consider the bigger picture of employee and community health and what influence we have in these areas,” she continues. “In previous years we included Thalassaemia screening, and this year we have arranged for donors to have blood sugar screening since Diabetes is so highly prevalent in the UAE. The donors are our staff and our community and their generosity and support are what make the blood drives so successful and which lead us to organize and expand the event every year. We are very proud that our annual blood drive generates such support and make such an important contribution to the lives of so many people.”
Dr. Naima Oumeziane, Medical Head of Abu Dhabi Blood Bank of SKMC praised the efforts of NBAD and the Abu Dhabi Blood Bank team for organizing this event every year hoping to attract individuals from the public to donate during the upcoming campaign next week.
“Every drop of blood counts. With one unit of blood, we can help in the treatment of 3 patients: one with red cells for anaemia, one for bleeding with the platelets and the other one with the plasma for different pathologies which need coagulation factors,” explains Dr. Naima Oumeziane. “In 2009, NBAD’s blood campaign just in Abu Dhabi city collected 388 units or 18.4% of the total collections in the month of February. In February 2010, NBAD’s campaign collected 415 units or 17.8% of the total collected for the month which is excellent.”
On average, the Abu Dhabi Blood Bank organises seven blood donation drives weekly in cooperation with different organisations in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Universities also cooperate with the Blood Bank to organise blood donation drives for students; shopping malls for visitors; and companies for staff. The blood collected through the Blood Bank in campaigns or in its campus covers the needs of public and private hospitals in Abu Dhabi as well as other Emirates. Blood transfusions often are needed for trauma victims due to accidents and burns, heart surgery, organ transplants, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease and thalassemia.
The Abu Dhabi Blood Bank medical staff performs tests on blood donors for hemoglobin, blood pressure and blood type. The blood collection process takes approximately 10-20 minutes per donor while the entire process from the time volunteers register and begin the screening until they leave took approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Volunteers provide nearly all the nation’s blood supply for transfusion; there is no substitute for human blood and eligible blood donors can donate blood 3-4 times a year safely.