The 11th Marathon held in Latin America, the United States and Spain has concluded
18 countries came together to celebrate the 11th Marathon "With love from my heart I donate blood and save lives" held from June 1st to 30th, as part of the International Campaign "Life is in the Blood", which saves thousands of lives thanks to altruistic human beings who voluntarily donate blood.
The theme of the 11th Marathon was inspired to exalt blood donation as an altruistic and loving act towards other people, and had multiple promotional, awareness activities of voluntary blood donation, and drives held in partnership with blood banks and other institutions.
The Global Embassy of activists for Peace, GEAP, develops the Integral Program: Life is in the Blood, which implements international blood drives and marathons with the aim of cooperating with the supply of safe blood in health institutions and blood banks of each country.
For the love of the human family
With a total of 60,976 effective blood units, which can save the lives of more than 240,000 people, the GEAP cooperates with the World Health Organization, WHO, by supplying blood through voluntary, unpaid donations.
The effective blood units collected during the marathon are added to those obtained in the national drives held during the preceding months, to be added to the total of the results obtained in the International Campaign that the GEAP carries out during the first half of the year.
Forming a voluntary donation culture
According to the data provided by the GEAP, 1,366,716 people were sensitized during the first half of the year, which also includes the 11th international marathon, through lectures and educational sessions based on principles and values of the human being.
The goal of GEAP is to achieve in 2018 the consciousness and awareness of 1% of the population in each country that participates in the program. For this, it implements the Educational Program for the Formation of a Culture of Voluntary, Altruistic and Habitual Donation of Safe Blood (PEC LIFE).
United by a common goal
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela joined forces to help supply blood for the benefit of patients who require blood transfusions, and to encourage the culture of voluntary blood donation.
Fair for the solidarity of voluntary blood donors
Thanks to the voluntary donors
World Blood Donor Day was celebrated on June 14, by every GEAP coordinator. On this occasion, certificates of recognition were granted to voluntary and regular blood donors, and to the institutions that cooperate with the drives programmed by the GEAP. The event was celebrated with drives or cultural activities in honor of the anonymous heroes who donate life.
Proposal for a Framework Law
The GEAP contributes to the legislative update on blood donation, through the proposal of the Framework Law for the promotion of voluntary, altruistic and regular blood donation. Countries like Mexico and Colombia are moving forward with these initiatives.