Hospitals in Uganda are struggling to provide the units of blood necessary to treat their patients – and the crisis is only intensifying. According to The Guardian, nearly every hospital is facing a shortage:

The Uganda Medical Association, an umbrella organisation of doctors in public health facilities, said the shortage was “almost [at] crisis level”, resulting in the cancellation of hospital operations and prioritisation of cases.

Amid calls for increased funding to supply blood for maternal health services, critical care, trauma care, surgery, etc., the Ugandan Ministry of Health is organizing a nationwide blood donation drive this week – hoping that a decentralized push to collect blood will help hospitals meet the ongoing demand for this life-saving health intervention.

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