Blood do­na­tion sys­tem ‘frag­mented’

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With roughly 11 mil­lion res­i­dents, Greece col­lected 550,000 units of blood in 2015 and needed to im­port an­other 25,000 from Switzer­land, where a pop­u­la­tion of 8.3 mil­lion yielded 310,000 units in the same year and used just 248,000.

One of the rea­sons for this poor per­for­mance, ex­perts say, is that Greece’s 95-odd hos­pi­tal blood col­lec­tion de­part­ments are re­spon­si­ble for their own aware­ness cam­paigns, do­na­tion drives and stock man­age­ment. “The sys­tem is frag­mented,” says Haris Mat­souka, head of the Na­tional Blood Do­na­tion Cen­ter.

An­other prob­lem is that most Greeks do­nate blood only when it is needed by fam­ily or friends. Per­ros Ra­panakis of the Costas Me­sogi­tis do­na­tion group, says around 45 per­cent of do­na­tions come from pa­tients’ close cir­cle.

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