On the morning of January 10, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Cary McClelland and National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion Vice Director, Dr. Pham Tuan Duong, kicked off the U.S. Embassy’s 8th “Give a Tet Gift of Life” blood drive.
|U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Cary McClelland donates blood at the drive.
“Seeing Americans and Vietnamese – many of our staff, their families, and our regular visitors of the American Center – come together to donate blood and ‘Give a Tet Gift of Life’ is very inspiring. This year the United States and Vietnam celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations, and I believe today’s event demonstrates our shared commitment to build lasting people-to-people ties at every level”, stated the U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission.
A key goal of the blood drive is to recognize the Vietnam National Blood Program’s accomplishment of increasing Vietnam’s blood supply, especially through voluntary donors and support successful efforts in educating the population on the importance of voluntary donation.
Since the National Blood Program launched in 2001, Vietnam has shown great progress in increasing its percentage of blood supply from voluntary donors, and the U.S. Embassy is proud to support the National Blood Program during a holiday season that routinely faces a decrease in donors. The donated blood is used to save lives of trauma victims, surgical patients, and patients with life-threatening blood diseases.By Duy Tien