The Center for Blood Transfusions in Bucharest has been refurbished and equipped to receive blood donors at European standards.
The center was refurbished and modernized with help from React Association and Vodafone Romania as part of the project “A Chance for Life.”
The refurbishment and equipment for the first floor cost EUR 110,000, of which Vodafone Romania donated EUR 103,000 and React Association contributed with EUR 7,000, by re-directing the 2 percent from the revenue tax received from its contributors.
This year, works for the modernization of the first floor of the building which hosts the area for providing consultations prior to donations, the medical practices and the area for blood analysis after donation.
The modernization of the Center for Blood Transfusions saves donors 50 percent of the time previous to the donation.
“Vodafone has been getting involved in the blood donation field ever since 2008, when it launched the “A Chance For Life” program, which has contributed so far to saving 150,000 people and has enriched the annual reserves of transfusion centers across the country by more than 70,000 blood liters,” said Florina Tanase, legal & external affairs director, Vodafone Romania
The modernization of the center started in 2012 when the ground floor was completed and 10 computers were donated to create a centralized data base of blood donors.
The EUR 137,000 donated by Vodafone Romania included the EUR 103,000 used for refurbishing the first floor of the center, plus EUR 23,000 for refurbishing the ground floor of the center, a vehicle donated by the company for delivering the blood to hospitals.
The total contribution of the React Association was EUR 17,000, which raised the total value of the investment to EUR 154,000.
Approximately 5,000 people donate blood at the Center for Blood Transfusions in Bucharest. In Romania, approximately 2 percent of the population donates blood.
Europe encourages voluntary blood donation while in Romania over 5,000 of the program “A Chance for Life” have donated their meal tickets.