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Donors

PROCEDURE TO DONATE BLOOD

1. BLOOD DONORS


STEP 1; Registration and weight check Our staff will sign you in and go over basic eligibility and donation information. You will read information about donating blood, and will be asked to show a donor card, driver's license, or other form(s) of ID. You will be asked to measure body weight

STEP 2; Health history and Mini-Physical check You will answer some questions during a private and confidential interview about your health history. We will check your pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin level present in a sample of blood.

STEP 3; the Donation We will cleanse an area on your arm and insert a brand new sterile needle for the blood draw. This feels like a quick pinch and is over in seconds. The actual donation takes about 10-15 minutes, during which you will be seated comfortably. When approximately a pint of blood has been collected, the donation is complete and a staff person will place a bandage on your arm.

STEP 4; Refreshments After donating, you should have a snack and something to drink in the refreshments area. You can leave the site after 10-15 minutes and continue with your normal daily activities. Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment knowing that you have helped save lives.

2. INSTITUTION/ BLOOD DRIVE HOST

• Contacts NBTS about the plan to conduct Blood drive and set a date
• Offers a suitable location
• Helps recruit donors within the organization and publicizes the drive


NBTS DOES THE REST

• Works with you every step of the way to plan and organize the blood drive
• Helps you determine how many donors to expect and how to recruit them
• Brings equipment and supplies to you, sets everything up and takes it down at the end
• Confidentially screens donors and collects the donations, safely and professionally

Donor Recognition Strategy

Purpose of Donor Recognition Strategy.

The purpose of the donor recognition strategy is to improve blood donation rates and donor retention by creating a social atmosphere of recognition and appreciation for blood donors.
The desire to save lives is one of the strongest rationales for blood donors and seems to be a stronger and more common reason for blood donation than material incentives.

The materials should be used to recognize the good will of voluntary blood donors, rather than incentivize individuals to donate blood.

Every Donation

Stickers:

Stickers will be given out at each session to each donor every time they donate. The stickers should be cost effective, with attractive designs and phrases that recognize the donor’s contribution.

Pens:

Every donor should receive a pen in order to allow the donor to fill out his or her donor questionnaire form. If a large number of donors appear and there are insufficient pens, it may cause a problem with the flow of the collections. Ideally, pens should also be branded with the NBTS logo and “Changia Damu, Okoa Maisha” in order to increase recognition of the donors. Every donor should receive a pen in order to allow the donor to fill out his or her donor questionnaire form. If a large number of donors appear and there are insufficient pens, it may cause a problem with the flow of the collections. Ideally, pens should also be branded with the NBTS logo and “Changia Damu, Okoa Maisha” in order to increase recognition of the donors.

After the 3rd Donation:

At the 3rd donation, each donor is given a permanent donor card. This card is made of cardboard and has room for recording about 17 donations.

After the 5rd Donation:

Badges:

Badges, or pins, will be given out at the 5rd donation. These pins will have similar phrases as the stickers, but will last longer and be more attractive.

After the 15th Donation:

Hero Card:

The permanent donor card that is given to donors on the 3rd donation only has room for 17 donation records. Near the 15th donation, the donor will need to replace his or her permanent donor card. At the 15th donation, the donor should be given a “Hero card” that has additional donation record slots and a special logo or design recognizing the donor as a hero for donating so often. The donor will also receive a t-shirt with the NBTS logo, which will also recognize the donor for their heroic contribution to Tanzania.

After the 25th Donation:

Donors who have donated 25 times are incredibly valuable to the NBTS. They have provided a great deal of blood, have shown a high level of commitment to the NBTS, and are a proven source of safe blood. These donors should be warmly recognized as great contributors to the blood supply and safety of Tanzania. The 25th donation also corresponds to the goal and criteria for Club 25.

T-Shirt:

The t-shirt for the 15th and 25th donations will have the NBTS logo and will recognize the donor for their momentous contribution to Tanzania. T-shirts will both recognize donors and advertise for the NBTS and blood donation. Therefore, the messaging on the t-shirt should be clearly visible, distinctive, and work well with other branding efforts by the NBTS

Okoa Maisha Card:

The Okoa Maisha card is a similar concept to the Hero card, but will be given out on the 25th donation. The Okoa Maisha card can be tied with Club 25 or a similar club. In addition, when donors have given 50, 75, and 100 times, they will receive the Bronze, Silver, and Gold cards, respectively. Due to the rarity of these cards and the important milestone that they represent, these cards will be produced with a higher budget and to higher quality standards than the Permanent card or the Okoa Maisha card.

Certificates and Ceremony on WBDD:

In addition to the T-shirt and the Okoa Maisha card, the donors can be celebrated during a ceremony at the annual World Blood Donor Day celebration, where the donors will be given certificates and recognized for their contributions.

Should be given an NBTS calendar after the third session of the year. The calendar should have information on how often donors can give in a year and other information on voluntary blood donation. At every 5 sessions, sponsors should be provided a certificate congratulating them on their sponsorship. The NBTS should also endeavor to help spread recognition of these sponsors through the media in order to increase their recognition throughout the community.

Schools:

A trophy should be awarded each year to the school that donates the most units of blood in each region or zone. One trophy and a small plaque should be given to the winning school with a small ceremony at the school. The next year, the trophy moves to the next winning school. The headmasters and the education boards of each region should be involved with the planning and execution of this trophy system and ceremony. The NBTS should work with the headmasters and ministry of education to determine if the recognition event should be done at a regional level or a zonal level. This will determine the number of ceremonies, as well as the number of trophies and certificates that need to be awarded each year. In addition, the local media should be invited to each ceremony to recognize the winning schools. As blood donation improves and the NBTS grows, this activity can be expanded to include private companies, universities, and other groups.

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