MSD Vietnam has hosted a blood donation day for the first time in collaboration with the Red Cross, in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City, with the participation of more than 100 employees and their family members.
The blood drive has been deemed a meaningful programme bringing tangible benefit to address one of the most critical healthcare challenges in Vietnam.
In part because of previous pandemic restrictions, blood reserves at blood banks and hospitals are still in short supply. According to a World Health Organization report in 2019, the blood supply in Vietnam for treatment of injuries, accidents, and surgery, for people with diseases requiring blood transfusion even before the pandemic only met 70 per cent of patients' needs.
Jennifer Cox, managing director of MSD Vietnam shared, "Many MSD employees have been participating in blood donation frequently over the years. This year, we hosted this blood drive with an aim to spread the spirit of social responsibility, promoting the tradition of giving back to the community as a global leading biopharmaceutical company. This blood donation day with the Red Cross will continue to be hosted annually, as a part of our commitment to save and improve lives of people in Vietnam."
Nguyen Thi Hong Nhung, deputy head of the Red Cross in District 1 added, “We highly appreciate MSD Vietnam employees and their families, who actively responded to the blood drive today. One pint of blood can save up to three lives and the blood donated by volunteers today will help save the lives of those in need.”
Meanwhile, on December 14, MSD received the Minister of Health’s Certificate of Merit in recognition for its contributions to disease awareness campaigns and patient support programmes. This is the second time that MSD has received recognition from the ministry for relentless efforts to make a difference for people in Vietnam.
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