Insurance firm, NBTS partner for blood donation campaign

23Jul 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Insurance firm, NBTS partner for blood donation campaign

AAR Insurance Tanzania in partnership with the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) had donated blood in Dar es Salaam’s Ukonga area as part of its corporate social responsibility to assist the needy in the country.

Addressing journalists soon after the blood donation, AAR Tanzania’s business development manager, Hamida Rashid said: “This is part of our commitments towards assisting the community in healthcare services delivery.”

“As key players in health sector, we are determined to practically participate in blood donation to rescue lives of people who are in need of blood,” said Hamida.

“We’re aware of the country’s high demand of safe blood and it’s our responsibility to ensure that blood is available in the country’s health facilities,” she said.

“People need to be well-informed on ways to reinforce their health status so as to reduce number of patients suffering from non-communicable diseases (NCD).”

For his part, Blood Donor Recruiter with National Blood Transfusion Service, Mariam Juma said that the two institutions also offered education on health-related services to residents of Mombasa-Ukonga areas.

She also called on local and public firms including ordinary people to donate blood to the needy to save lives and improve the economy of the country.

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

Lister Gilbert, one of the residents who took part in blood donation, and resident of Mombasa-Ukonga commended the two institutions for organizing blood donation event.

In June, this year Ministry of Health through NBTS said that Tanzania was in need of 42 percent of blood which is equivalent of 307,835 bottles, while the country’s demand is 526,000 bottles.

AAR is the largest and most successful private healthcare company in East Africa with operations spanning Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia. Our services extend to Rwanda and Burundi through our affiliate partners.

Operating in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza, Dodoma and Zanzibar, AAR has been in existence for over 33 years providing healthcare solutions to clients ranging from large corporate organizations to individual family units.

Over 300,000 members are covered by AAR across the region with more than 60,000 of these members based in Tanzania.

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