Within the framework of the University’s active role in community service, and in cooperation with the Egyptian Red Crescent represented by the Central Blood Bank, the Faculty of Pharmacy participated in the annual on-campus blood donation campaign. Pharmacy students in general and in particular DIMAS members took part in this 2-day campaign which was organized on January 11 and 12, 2022, from 10 am to 3 pm next to the University Mosque. The campaign aims to spread awareness about the importance of donating blood as a social responsibility and a noble humanitarian act that can save the lives of thousands through ensuring that safe blood of different types will always be accessible to patients in need.
Before the start of the campaign, Pharmacy students held small-scale seminars to spark attention to the importance of donating blood. A fully equipped bloodmobile with sufficient beds was provided by the Central Blood Bank in coordination with the University to facilitate the donation drive, which was under the supervision of a team of doctors from the Central Blood Bank.
Prior to donating blood, a series of health check-ups, including blood pressure and hemoglobin level measurements, are performed to make sure donors are in good health. In addition, the donors were informed that their blood will be screened for Hepatitis C, and the results will be sent to them in sealed envelopes bearing the name of each donor. A few students were not eligible to donate and were turned down.