SPEECH BY H.E. THE FIRST LADY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, MRS. MARGARETKENYATTA DURING THE WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY ON SATURDAY, 14TH JUNE2014 AT UHURU PARK NAIROBI.
Distinguished Guests,Good Morning,Last year, a young girl contacted my office seeking support to raise money for charity.Fifteen-year-old Erika Njeri Gachoka as determined to run the entire !" kilometres at last #cto$er%s &hicago Marathon to raise '( million shillings for the purchase of Mo$ile )lood &ollection *nits.+ as only too happy to make a contri$ution and as oerjoyed hen young Njeri completed the &hicago Marathon and raised funds for this orthy cause.+ kno only too ell ho challenging it can $e. + salute young Njeri for her onderful effort and, indeed, + appreciate the efforts that enyans continue to make in $oosting our $lood $anks.he /orld )lood Donor Day, marked annually on the 0!th of 1une aiming to raise aareness of the importance of $lood donation, the need for safe $lood for transfusion 2 and to thank $lood donors for their gift of life.he glo$al theme this year is 34afe )lood for saing mothers5. his theme resonates ery ell ith our3)eyond 6ero5 initiatie that aims to improe maternal, neonatal and child healthcare in enya.+ ish to remind fello enyans that eery time they donate $lood, they are saing lies. 4adly, many patients re7uiring transfusion do not hae timely access to safe $lood. )lood cannot $e manufactured, and there is no real su$stitute for it. +t is in constant demand for accident ictims, hemophiliacs, surgeries, infants, and more.Eery 0( minutes 8 enyans ho need $lood are at risk of dying if it is not aaila$le.o maintain sufficient $lood supply e need at least one percent of the !( million enyans to donate $lood at least once eery year.oo many $a$ies are lost in the first "9 days of life. he ne$orn has a limited capacity to tolerate acute haemorrhage. )lood loss can occur in the ne$orn prior to $irth or during deliery, o$stetric accidents and maternal $leeding.:esterday, + paid a surprise isit to ;umani Maternity <ospital and + ould like to ask that e donate $lood today to sae mothers and $a$ies.)lood donation should therefore $e seen as mutual life-saing aid $eteen enyans. /e cannot remainindifferent to others% needs. /e ill not.#ur nation%s $lood supplies need to $e replenished constantly, as $lood products hae a short shelf life. /ith $lood shortages occurring countryide, it is important to create a netork of young $lood donors ho commit to donating regularly.