Since 2020, 470 donors have been mobilised in Freetown for the country’s only maternity referral hospital
“donating blood is very important to save lives. had it not been a blood bank in Koidu government hospital I would have lost my wife and child during operation."
Prince Tommy Williams, Executive Director of LNP, is working together with the LNP team which includes Rick Lassie, a qualified nurse, to mobilise communities to become volunatary blood donors in a country where women and children often die because of a lack of available blood.
Working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the team has now successfully orchestrated many donation sessions, both within local community settings and at hospital clinics and centres, resulting in the collection of hundreds of units of life-saving blood.
You don't have to be a Doctor
When I was a student nurse, one of my patients died because there was no blood in the blood bank which would have saved his life. I decided that day that I would start to donate and have since donated 24 times. However, I knew that my efforts alone would not solve the problem so I started to talking to my friends and other young people in my community.
Things have just grown from there! My vision is that no-one in Sierra Leone should die from a lack of blood, and the only way that is going to happen is by people like us donating, as volunteers, motivated by love for life.
You don’t have to be a doctor to save a life, just give blood!