One blood, One family
Text by: Abdo Saad
The 2006 hostile war in Lebanon took thousands of lives and leaving tens of thousands
of injured civilians in hospital and medical centers. There was a high need for blood for
those in need to be saved. Yet blood donation was not well established in the Lebanese
culture. So a group of youth started an initiative to push for blood donation. And in 2010
Donner Sang Compter (DSC) a Lebanese non-profit, non-governmental organization
that helps people in need for blood was established.
DSC mission is to build communities that promote blood donation as a national
humanitarian cause in Lebanon. Their vision is to have a blood transfusion system in
Lebanon that is totally supplied by volunteer-non remunerated donations.
DSC was officially established in 2010 as a "link" between blood donors and patients in
need for blood. To date, DSC has been functioning under many pillars: Emergency
Response, Proactive Strategy, Community Engagement, Awareness, International
Relations and Advocacy.
Volunteering has been at the heart of every pillar - or program; taking the "Emergency
Response" as an example, young university students were among the first to help DSC
establish its database of volunteer blood donors (those blood donors being also young
fellow students). This database proved to be crucial in response for urgent blood
demands received at the Call Center. Around 40,000 urgent demands have been
fulfilled so far by DSC Call Center. The next step is to involve the volunteers with the
day-to-day operations in the Call Center.
Also, young volunteers were among the first to help DSC organizes mobile blood
donation campaigns as part of the "Proactive Strategy". The presence of these
volunteers on the ground has been directly linked with higher outcomes in terms of
blood units collected and door-to-door awareness. To date, more than 34,000 blood
units have been collected during a joint blood drives in partnership with 40 local blood
In 2016, DSC initiated a well-designed project for volunteering within the "Community
Engagement" program: the DSC Clubs. Forty community-based clubs were established
at universities, schools, regions and other communities. Their mission? to spread
awareness and engage the maximum number of stakeholders in blood-related activities,
while helping . More than 500 volunteers are currently members at the DSC Clubs.
All in all, it is due to these young heroes' commitment and dedication that DSC was able
to help 74,000 patients in Lebanon!