MIL-OSI Translation: Message from the Minister of Health and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health – National Blood Donor Week (June 9 to 15, 2024)

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MIL OSI Translation. Canadian French to English –

Source: Government of Canada – in French 2

Statement

June 13, 2024 | Ottawa, ON | Health Canada

National Blood Donor Week and World Blood Donor Day on June 14 are important times to raise awareness about the donation of blood, plasma and blood products, as well as to honor donors who help save lives .

In Canada, demand for blood, plasma and blood products remains high, particularly in certain racial and ethnic communities. We need donors from all backgrounds, but people with Asian, African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Indigenous backgrounds, as well as those with mixed backgrounds, are particularly well placed to help save lives. More than half of Canadians will need blood or blood products for themselves or a family member in their lifetime. Now, more than ever, new blood donors are needed to replenish our nation’s donor base.

Canada has one of the safest blood systems in the world, thanks to the strict standards set by the Food and Drugs Act and Health Canada’s Blood Regulations for the collection of blood and of plasma. The Government of Canada recognizes that having a donation process that is as inclusive as possible helps strengthen the blood supply system in Canada. More donations would save lives and strengthen our overall health system, improving access to vital health services when and where we need them.

To support Canada’s blood system, the Canadian government provides $5 million annually to Canadian Blood Services (CBS) for blood research and development. Last year, these funds were used by CBS to better understand systemic barriers to giving for some South Asian communities and people of African descent, and to find solutions to these problems. Additionally, researchers are studying how to improve the growth of stem cells to better treat diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and other blood disorders. This research support will help ensure a safe and effective supply of blood and blood products for Canadians.

This week, we encourage each of you to think about donating blood, plasma and blood products that help save lives, and we thank everyone who has donated and continues to do so. Find out how you can donate today.

The Honorable Mark Holland, PC, MP The Honorable Ya’ara Saks, PC, MP

Contacts

Christopher AounPress SecretaryOffice of the Honorable Mark HollandMinister of Health613-291-4176

Yuval DanielPress SecretaryOffice of the Honorable Ya’ara SaksMinister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health819-360-6927

Media RelationsHealth Canada613-957-2983media@hc-sc.gc.ca

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and/or sentence structure not be perfect.

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