11m Bangladeshis signed up on Facebook to become blood donors

Staff Correspondent

15 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

11m Bangladeshis signed up on Facebook to become blood donors

At least 11 million Bangladeshis have signed up to social media platform Facebook to donate blood here.

Globally, over 100 million people have signed up to be blood donors on Facebook since this feature was launched in 2017.

In response to urgent blood shortages during the pandemic, it was scaled up to 26 countries in the past year. 

  Facebook has partnered with Bloodman to urge more people in Bangladesh to become blood donors and encourage friends and family to do the same.

In 2018, Facebook’s Blood Donations feature was launched in Bangladesh in partnership with Bloodman, the country’s first digital blood donation organisation, said a press release.

 This was a collaboration between Facebook and the ICT Division of Bangladesh to connect people to their local blood banks, so they know where there is a shortage and when it is safe to donate.

“At Facebook, we are trying to build online communities for positive impact. During the pandemic, Facebook has worked with Bloodman and blood banks around the country to ensure people continue to have safe access to blood,” said Sabhanaz Rashid Diya, who leads public policy for Bangladesh at Facebook.

People in Bangladesh can play a role in raising awareness about the importance of donating and help build a reliable and sustainable supply of blood in the country.

 “Hospitals and blood banks across Bangladesh have been facing challenges in collecting blood because of the pandemic. At this time, Facebook’s Blood Donations tool has made it easier for blood banks to digitise their services and connect with potential blood donors. We thank Bloodman and Facebook for digitising the blood donations system and raising awareness about donating. Patients in hospitals can now use this technology to receive care swiftly during the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Syed Mujibul Huq, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.