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Friday, 7 March 2014

The BST and Social Welfare & Family sign a collaboration agreement to boost donations

Enric Arguelagués and Neus Munté signed a collaboration agreement to promote donations

Thanks to the collaboration agreement signed this morning by the director of the Banc de Sang i Teixits, Enric Argelagués, and the secretary of the Catalan Government's Department of Social Welfare and Family, Neus Munté, these two institutions will be joining forces to encourage civic participation in blood drives and raise awareness about the importance of giving blood, with a particular focus on volunteers and association members.

This joint effort aims to guarantee the existence of a safe, high-quality blood supply sufficient to meet the health-care needs of Catalonia's entire population and recruit new donors, effectively promoting a people-centred management model. During the signing ceremony, Ms. Munté noted that "this agreement is a reflection of the values that our institutions share, such as solidarity".

Dr. Argelagués, for his part, emphasised the importance of reaching out to the country's network of civic associations to boost donations. 

Under the terms of this agreement, the Department of Social Welfare and Family will actively promote blood donations among volunteers and association members and will also organise initiatives to educate and enlist these people as active agents for spreading awareness about the campaigns of the Banc de Sang i Teixits. To this end, the Department of Health will contact organisations included in the Catalan Volunteer Register and invite them to lend a hand, appealing to shared values like solidarity, engagement and civic participation.

In addition, the Department will provide access to the public facilities managed by the Directorate-General of Civic and Community Action as possible blood donation centres, venues for organising periodic talks or information points during local donor drives.

This network of public facilities comprises 238 centres across the country, including retirement homes, seaside pavilions, civic centres and hotels. A large number of people are actively involved in the activities organised at these facilities owned by the Catalan Government, which aim to promote the values of solidarity, collective effort and volunteer work, among others.

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