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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta's Speech During the World Blood Donor Day 2014

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta's Speech During the World Blood Donor Day 2014

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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta's speech during the World Blood Donor Day 2014 held on Saturday, the 14th of June
at Uhuru Park, Nairobi.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta's speech during the World Blood Donor Day 2014 held on Saturday, the 14th of June
at Uhuru Park, Nairobi.

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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 oerjoyed 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 aareness 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 saing mothers5. his theme resonates ery ell ith our3)eyond 6ero5 initiatie that aims to improe maternal, neonatal and child healthcare in enya.+ ish to remind fello enyans that eery time they donate $lood, they are saing lies. 4adly, many patients re7uiring transfusion do not hae 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.Eery 0( minutes 8 enyans ho need $lood are at risk of dying if it is not aaila$le.o maintain sufficient $lood supply e need at least one percent of the !( million enyans to donate $lood at least once eery 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 $irth or during deliery, o$stetric accidents and maternal $leeding.:esterday, + paid a surprise isit to ;umani Maternity <ospital and + ould like to ask that e donate $lood today to sae mothers and $a$ies.)lood donation should therefore $e seen as mutual life-saing aid $eteen enyans. /e cannot remainindifferent to others% needs. /e ill not.#ur nation%s $lood supplies need to $e replenished constantly, as $lood products hae a short shelf life. /ith $lood shortages occurring countryide, it is important to create a netork of young $lood donors ho commit to donating regularly.

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