The event was aimed at collecting blood in order to save lives of people and draw public attention to the problems of health. The initiative was organized by the students of NSTU. Traditionally, the event is held twice a year on October, 24-25 and April, 24-25. Within 2 days 72 liters of blood was collected.
According to organizers, 33.19 litres were collected on the first day and 39.15 on the second. Several hundreds of students take part in the initiative every year. Usually, students constitute 80% of the total number of participants and staff members constitute 20%. The Rector of NSTU Anatoly Bataev also took part in the current initiative.
According to Anton Anikeev, the third-year student of the Faculty of Automation and Computer Engineering and the organizer of the initiative: "This year there are about 250 people who want to donate their blood. However, one fifth of them failed to pass the blood test because of flu symptoms or not following recommendations for donors, such as not to eat dairy products in the morning or to abstain from smoking for a while. Nevertheless, I would like to point out that in comparison with previous years, this year people are more responsible and socially conscious".
The blood donation can be done by everyone above the age of 18 with a residence permit in Novosibirsk or Novosibirsk region. The potential donor should be without viral hepatitis, HIV and hypertensive disease in past medical history. Those who donated blood were given some money reward, a promotional mug and a baked roll with sweet tea.
490 litres of blood were collected during "spring donor initiative" 2018. All collected blood has already helped or will help people with serious illnesses. As recounted by the Novosibirsk Clinical Blood Center, 1.5 thousand students from 15 universities took part in the donor initiative "Our gift for the name of life".
According to the Ministry of Health, the amount of paid donors decreased by 8% during last 10 years. The amount of blood donors in 2017 decreased by 6.5% in comparison with 2016. However, the amount of blood plasm donors increased by 4.1%, phylactic donors by 9.1% and platelet donors by 12.7%.
Novosibirsk Clinical Blood Center is an organizational and methodological center that administers blood service institutions on the II Territorial Zone of the Russian Federation, which includes Irkutsk Oblast, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Tomsk Oblast, Omsk Oblast, the Republic of Buryatia, Altai Krai, the Altai Republic, Kemerovo Oblast, the Tyva Republic, the Republic of Khakassia.