Today, the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) organized its 12th Blood Donation Campaign to support the National Blood Transfusion Centre of Kosovo. During the day, 48 staff members voluntarily donated blood at EULEX’s premises in Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje.
Donating blood is an action that takes only five minutes but it enormously helps the health system and can save someone’s life. The culture of volunteer blood donation within EULEX, alongside the commitment to raise awareness of it, has become a biannual appointment in support of Kosovo’s population. Currently, around 30% of the Mission’s staff are active blood donors.
The Chief of Transfusion Center in Gjakovë/Đakovica, Doctor Jeton Zenuni, who supervised the donation activity on behalf of the National Blood Transfusion Centre of Kosovo, thanked EULEX and its staff, highlighting the continuous demand for blood donations: “Kosovo is currently facing a shortage of blood supply, with a daily need of 150-200 doses of blood only in Pristina. During the last years, the pandemic has indeed put a heavy burden on the health system, which, unfortunately, has registered a drop in blood donations. This is why we are very thankful to EULEX for organizing today’s initiative and we urge all citizens, who are from 18 to 65 years old and who are in good health conditions, to donate blood”.