AUGUST 25, 2023/ COTABATO CITY-BARMM. A pregnant mother in Cotabato City was diagnosed with a dengue fever. Due to low blood platelet count, six bags of blood were needed to help her fight the effect of the dengue virus in her body.
A 40 year-old mother in Maguindanao, has to undergo operation due to cyst in her reproductive organ and she needed bags of blood for this medical procedure.
A young mother delivered twins in her first pregnancy. She was transfused with six bags of blood during the process.
These cases of patients were some of the stories that actually happened. The necessity of blood is a daily reality. In 2019, the recorded demand for blood related to health procedures is 1,500/1,750 bags per month over 750-900 supply of blood bags.
With this reality that the Muslim Blood Donation (MBD) was born in 2008 driven by the spirit of volunteerism and the will to serve and help.
MBD is a regular program of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA Inc.) that aims to help contribute to the continuing necessity of blood in Central Mindanao and its neighboring places.
Every year, BDA Inc. holds MBD on a quarterly basis in partnership with the Cotabato City Regional and Medical Center (CRMC) and the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Cotabato City Chapter. Donors are coming from partner organizations of BDA Inc., private individuals, volunteers and development catalysts from the agency.
With volunteerism as it foundation and life as a program, MBD has been recognized and been awarded by national blood donation programs at the regional level.
MBD program team has recently received individual awards during the Regional Sandugo Awarding on August 24, 2023 in General Santos City by the National Voluntary Blood Services Program (NVBSP) of the Department of Health (DOH).
There were twenty-nine awardees from the pool of blood donors through the MBD: 4 gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze.
One awardee expressed in his social media post, that he prays for good health and more strengthen to continuously perform this noble act to save more lives.
Among the gold awardees is the minister of the BARMM’s health ministry Dr. Rizaldy Piang, whose honor was handed by Dr. Teodoro J. Herbosa, secretary of the DOH with Undersecretary Dr. Abdullah B. Dumama, Jr.
In July this year, the NBVS of DOH awarded the BDA Inc. as Top 1 NGO partner for 2022 with 300 blood units collected.
With this recognition and awards, MBD program hopes to invite more volunteers and blood donors to join this noble cause to help save lives.
It announces its 58th MBD on September 10, 2023 at Brgy. Rosary Heights Covered Court in Cotabato City- BARMM.
Be a healthy Muslim, share your life, donate blood.
(Below is the awardees during the National Sandugo Awarding August 2023)