Crisis in Ukraine, call for blood donations: enough bags only for peacetime

The worsening crisis between Ukraine and Russia is prompting local authorities to appeal for blood donations, in the hope that it will not be needed

Ukraine, what is the situation with blood supplies?

As elsewhere in the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a sharp drop in blood supplies.

But the bags could prove vital in treating those injured in a conflict between nations.

“Blood is such a magical medicine! It is impossible to produce it. And if a donor doesn’t come or don’t give blood, you simply won’t get it,” said Tatiana Kanchura, coordinator of the AU Donor Project in the south-eastern region.

In peacetime, a transfusion of donated blood components saves victims in accidents and complex operations and, in wartime, helps resuscitate the wounded.

“Every year, according to Ukrainian law, regions plan their projected needs.

This need also takes into account a certain percentage in case of emergencies, martial law, etc.

Now the planning period is underway,” said Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Health’s Transplant Coordination Centre Alexander Sergienko.

And it will last until the end of March.

According to WHO recommendations, cities should have a blood bank, a reserve in case of emergency with an average of 12 millilitres per person.

But the centres where this can be done and where it is stored for at least some time are few in any area.

Ukraine, every day up to 60 blood donors come to the Kyiv City Blood Center

There is no shortage of blood in the capital.

In total, all points in the capital accept up to 2,500 donors per month.

Therefore, up to 1,125 litres of blood are collected in the capital in an average of 30 days.

This is sufficient for urgent needs.

But in the event of hostilities, they are prepared to increase the volume.

The action plan for blood transfusion centres has already been announced by the Ministry of Health.

“If there are 50-60 donors a day, it’s more or less calm and if there are around 100 every day, it will be a situation with an advance supply,” said Nadiya Hrinko, head of the transfusion care department at the Dnipropetrovsk regional blood transfusion station.

A call to arms, this time metaphorical and peaceful, which the Ukrainian authorities hope will be heeded.

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