Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). OPT-NC is marking WBDD with the issue of this new 110 XPF stamp designed by Jean-Jacques Mahuteau.
The event, sponsored by the World Health Organisation, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their voluntary life-saving gifts of blood.
The need for public awareness and involvement is also a priority in New Caledonia where the health services rely on regular donors and on new donors coming forward to ensure the country's self-sufficiency in terms of supplies of donor blood and to guarantee blood transfusion safety. In New Caledonia, the Noumea Hospital Centre's Blood Transfusion Department is responsible for coordinating blood donation, and drives are held in businesses, communities, municipalities and schools, while the Blood Donation Centre at 1 bis rue d'Austerlitz in Noumea (tel.25.66.61) welcomes voluntary blood donors all year round.
Anyone in good health, aged 18 to 70, can donate their blood every two months, safely and anonymously. Women can donate blood up to three times a year and men up to five times a year. Blood products obtained from blood given by donors are tested in accordance with legal requirements and then delivered to all medical facilities in New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna.
To promote and celebrate blood donation as a gift that saves lives, the New Caledonia Association of Voluntary Blood Donors is organising a special event on 15 June 2014 at the Vietnamese Community Centre. The aim is to bring together as many blood donors as possible to form the shape of a giant drop of blood. An aerial photo will be taken from a helicopter at 9 a.m. Make sure you “drop” in to help!