US supports Majuro blood drive

US Ambassador Roxanne Cabral (white dress), Marshall Islands Red Cross Society Secretary General Ainrik George (next to Cabral), US Embassy officials, Red Cross staff and volunteers, Majuro hospital staff and CMI students at last week’s blood drive at the College of the Marshall Islands. Photo: Eve Burns.

Red Cross held a three-day blood drive at College of the Marshall Islands old library last week.

Funding for the activity was provided by USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs. US Ambassador Roxanne Cabral both assisted with the financial contribution and donated blood along with other representatives from the US Embassy.

As a result of the blood drive, the Red Cross provided 19 pints of blood to Majuro hospital.

Since 2018, the demand for blood at Majuro hospital has more than tripled, said Red Cross Communications Officer Roger Muller. The demand has increased from 24 pints a month to 80 pints. Red Cross gets four to five emergency calls for blood every week, he said.

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