One blood, One family

One blood, One family


Text by: Abdo Saad


Category: Solidarity


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 banks.
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!