Voluntary Non-Remunerated Blood Donation
Voluntary Non-Remunerated Blood Donation (VNRBD) is the
cornerstone of a safe and sufficient blood supply. GBF works with
blood collectors in low and middle-income countries to establish and
enhance the recruitment, retention and management of volunteer donors.
Paying donors - or obliging them to donate as a family-member or friends of a patient in need of transfusion - is inherently unsafe: it creates an incentive to withhold information on medical conditions or risky behaviors.
A system of voluntary donation driven by benevolence is infinitely preferable, but creating a community appreciation of the need for blood and donation is challenging; as is recruiting, motivating and retaining donors and managing them effectively.
To help in the transition from paid/replacement donation to sustainable 100% VNRBD, Global Blood Fund:
- Directly delivers training in donor recruitment, retention and management; for example in Namibia and Uganda
- Funds training delivered by others; for example in Georgia (Eastern Caucasus) and Mexico
- Facilitates exposing practitioners to industry best practice, for example sponsoring donor recruiters to attend familiarization workshops in South Africa
- Helps spread best practice across continents by supporting experts to present their work at international forums, for example in Mexico, Uganda and Zimbabwe
- Generates and disseminates narratives that help communicate the need for blood
- Helps blood agencies access tools that assist in donor recruitment and management.