The Khushhalibank, the pioneer Microfinance bank organized a talk/ lecture for its staff on the importance of blood donation. The initiative aims to convey key knowledge about blood donation being a simple, easy and socially responsible act. Such events create involvement and awareness about community service and the bank will continue to explore ways to benefit the community, says a statement issued by the bank here today. Col. Dr. Nuzhat Mushahid , Deputy Commandant, Armed Forces Institute of Transfusion said while conducting the lecture, “Blood is important to save the lives of people who need blood transfusion due to illness or injury. It is a blessing to have volunteers who donate blood for community welfare. In countries like ours, in stock supplies are limited as donors usually give blood when family or friends need a transfusion (directed donation). Some donors also donate as an act of charity. The amount of blood drawn is usually 5% of the whole blood in the body. Most of the components of blood used for transfusions have a short shelf life, and maintaining a constant supply is a persistent problem. This is why a steady flow of volunteers are always required and are welcome. Blood donation is something any able-bodied individual can do. It is an easy, free process the benefits of which can be life saving. Such activities show people the difference they can make with just a little time and effort. The need for donated blood has always been an absolute necessity, thus making it crucial that this service remains at the forefront of the public awareness. The Khushhalibank was founded in the year 2000, and the bank was a part of the Government ‘s Poverty Reduction Strategy and its Microfinance Sector Development Programme (MSDP). The MSDP was developed with the facilitation of Asian Development Bank (ADB). With its headquarters based in Islamabad , Khushhalibank operates under the supervision of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) with some commercial banks as its shareholders. The mandate remains to retail microfinance services and to act as a catalyst in stabilizing the country’s microfinance sector.
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