“Back in 2006, the grandfather of a friend was in need of an urgent transfusion, and we failed to find donors for him because of his very rare blood type (AB-). He died because he wasn’t able to get the right blood at the right time! Frustrating! No one should be allowed to beg for blood… or even worse to die because they can’t find it” -- Yorgui Teyrouz
To this day, there is still no artificial or animal substitute for human blood, “and perhaps it is better that way, so that any person always shares the burden of his anonymous sisters and brothers, in our universal brotherhood” -- Daniel Tinawi.
With the current replacement system adopted in Lebanon, patients are only able to receive blood if their family and friends can make donations in their name. With a current annual need of 100,000 blood units and 10,000 platelets units, many cannot find the right match – which results in devastating consequences.
Blood donation relies first and foremost on the engagement of voluntary blood donors – the first link in the chain, who commit to making it a healthy habit. Being a blood donor organization, our main role is to mobilize and engage the largest number of people through nationwide awareness campaigns around the healthy lifestyle needed to become a donor and the importance of giving, for it is a simple, free and spontaneous act that makes those who do it, and those who receive it, happy.
But our work doesn’t stop there. We respond when you call us asking to help you find donors for your loved one. We have put in place a robust system that receives your blood requests, and efficiently identifies eligible donors and accompanies them through the process, turning awareness into intention and then into action. We believe that leveraging technology linking different parts of the network together is vital for a faster and better response.
Last but not least, we happily serve blood banks by conducting hundreds of blood drives annually, free of charge, in partnership with them all over the country to replenish their blood stock proactively. Having high stock levels reduces tremendously the burden on distressed families but also makes sure there is enough blood on the shelves to help us better deal with any tragedy that might occur.
DSC is a Lebanese independent, non-profit, and non-governmental blood donor organization registered on the 31st of May 2010 at the Ministry of Interior & Municipalities (MOIM#865)[Governmental Approval PDF].