SANBS encourages each one to bring one

Human Rights Day, marked annually on 21 March, is a national observation and proclamation of the rights we enjoy in our country. This iconic day is a reminder of the price that was paid for the human rights that we enjoy today.

Health is a basic human right. Every year, thousands of South Africans receive life-saving blood transfusions that are made possible by the selfless acts of our donors. A right that we all enjoy, owing to the comprehensive South African Bill of Rights preserved in our constitution.

For over 21 years, the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has been driven by its mission, to save lives and ensure that every citizen has access to blood transfusions when they are in need. This cannot be done without the invaluable contribution of dedicated donors.

This year, SANBS is not only encouraging healthy members of the public to visit their nearest donor centre to do their part for Human Rights Day; but it is asking each one to bring one. As was demonstrated by the powerful movement that gave rise to Human Rights Day, SANBS believes that there is power in numbers.

“We observe Human Rights Day to emphasise our commitment to equal access to healthcare services – which is one of our constitutional human rights. Inspired by this year’s theme, #LeaveNoOneBehind, we encourage South Africans to bring someone along to their donation this Human Rights Day weekend,” said Thandi Mosupye, SANBS Senior Manager: Marketing Branding and Communication.

SANBS has set themselves a target of collecting 14 000 units of blood for the period 17–21 March 2023. Let’s come together with our families, friends and neighbours to provide much needed blood for our nation, leaving no one behind. Follow @theSANBS on all major social media platforms for updates. To be eligible to donate blood, you have to be between 16 and 75-year-old and weight more than 50kg.


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