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Signapore launches blood donation website


09:00, June 09, 2013

SINGAPORE, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Singapore launched a website on Saturday to make blood donation more convenient with real-time updates and information on the blood bank's blood stock requirements and needs for specific blood types.

The Red Cross Connection microsite also features a calendar of upcoming blood drives, closest blood bank locations, as well as information about the blood donation process.

Information from the microsite can be linked and shared on the user's social media networks.

Local organizations celebrated the 10th anniversary of the World Blood Donor Day on Saturday.

The blood donations in Singapore increased by almost 80 percent over the past decade to 118,000 units in 2012, organizers of local celebrations said.

The National Blood Program is aiming to collect 126,000 units of blood this year to meet the needs of patients in Singapore.

It is targeting the youths, as people aged 25 and below made up 32 percent of the donors last year. The aim is to increase the figure to 35 percent by 2014.

The World Blood Donor Day is celebrated on June 14 every year as part of a campaign by the World Health Organization. It serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

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