Assemble Insurance, NBTS partner to volunteer donate blood

24Aug 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Assemble Insurance, NBTS partner to volunteer donate blood

ASSEMBLE Insurance Company Limited in partnership with the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) has organised a blood donation exercise at the Dar es Salaam’s Buguruni area to further support the national blood bank in serving the needy.

Dar es Salaam residents donating blood at an event organised by Assemble Insurance in collaboration with the National Blood Transfusion Service to help the needy in the country. Photo: Guardian Correspondent

Apart from blood donation, the institutions also provided free medical screening services to residents in the area.

 Speaking to reporters shortly after the exercise, Assemble Insurance Company head of sales, Hamida Rashid said that this is part of the institution’s commitment to compliment the government's strides in improving public health.

It is also part of the organisation’s corporate social responsibility to assist the needy in the country.

“We are aware of the country’s high demand for safe blood and that as key players in the health sector we are dedicated to practically participating in blood donation in collaboration with NBTS to rescue lives of people who are in need of blood,” said Hamida.

She said the institutions have also provided other health services including medical advice to residents of Buguruni-Chama drilling them with adequate education on how to protect themselves from diseases both communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Blood Donor Recruiter from the National Blood Transfusion Service, Mariam Juma said donating enough blood would help overcome shortage of blood in the country. Annual blood demand ranges between 500,000 and 550,000 units.

She said apart from donating blood, the institutions used the opportunity to educate the public on living a healthy life as well as on benefits of donating blood to serve those in need.

Mariam called on local and public firms to donate blood to the needy so as to save lives and improve the economy of the country.

“We request public and private companies and individuals to join in the campaign to donate blood which would save millions of lives of Tanzanians,” she concluded.

Abdallah Goboka, a Buguruni resident commended the institutions for conducting the exercise as apart from collecting blood and medical screening, they have also left the community with correct education concerning blood donation.

 Currently NBTS operates a network of seven blood centers countrywide. Since its establishment, NBTS has achieved to increase blood collection from Voluntary Non-Remunerated Blood Donors (VNRBDs) from 52,000 (2006) to 196,735 units (2017). Blood units collected in 2017. In 2019/2020 blood units collected was 312,714 this shows that there is an increase of VNRBDs.

Current blood demand in Tanzania stands at 600,000 units per year and the main consumers of blood collected are children under five years (42. per cent), women during pregnancy and bleeding post-delivery (21 per cent), accident victims and surgery (7 percent) and 30 percent by complications caused by cancer and other diseases.

Assemble Insurance, formerly known as AAR Insurance, is amongst the largest and most successful private Insurance companies in East Africa with operations spanning from Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda. Our services extend to Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan through our affiliate partners.

Assemble Tanzania has offices in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza, Zanzibar, and Dodoma. Over 300,000 members are covered by Assemble Insurance across the region with more than 40,000 of these members based in Tanzania.