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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Korean volunteers donate to national blood bank

7th April 2012

Woeld Friends Korea volunteers have donated blood to the National Blood Transfusion Services as part of helping the people.A

ccording to a press statement availed to The Guardian yesterday by the Korea International Cooperation Agency,  WFK volunteers donated blood to Mnazi Mmoja Hospital.

The statement said the decision to donate blood resulted from the WFK volunteers’ annual meeting held from April 2 to 4 this year which was facilitated by KOICA.

The aim of the meeting was to share experiences from different areas because most of the WFK volunteers are volunteering in remote areas of Tanzania like Tabora, Kigoma, Mpanda and Mtwara.

The statement said during the meeting they discussed how to serve the Tanzanian people.

If further said the donation was made to respond to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare's campaign requesting people to donate blood to the blood bank.

In his remarks, KOICA Resident Representative of the Tanzania Office Holywater OH, said, “KOICA arranged the donation because we are in Tanzania to help people who are in difficult environment so this blood donation will help many patients so that no one can lose his or her life because of lack of blood in the hospitals.”

“Also most of the volunteers had a significant time through this and they are very happy to donate their blood for helping the people because most of them are serving in remote area in Tanzania so they are aware of the problem of lack of blood in hospitals,” he said.

KOICA, as the sole agency for granting aid programmes of the government of Korea, has funded various projects in Tanzania since 1992.

KOICA Tanzania Office was established in 2002 and World Friends Korea Volunteer Program served from the same year. Up to now, more than 100 volunteers finished their periods and 75 volunteers are currently working in Tanzania.

From this year, KOICA is planning to send more volunteers in rural areas and KOICA will focus on education, ICT and health and medical areas.

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