?The Indonesian Embassy with the Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia in Windhoek held a blood drive on 15 March 2013 at the Indonesian Embassy, 103 Nelson Mandela Avenue. This is the second time the Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia worked together with the diplomatic missions in Namibia. The first was held at the British High Commission in November 2012.
This blood drive is part of the Embassy’s commitment to realize its social responsibility to be more involved in the Namibian society and provide assistance to those in need.
More than 40 people came, mostly from the diplomatic community and international organizations, to donate blood, including Agustinus Sumartono, Indonesian Ambassador, Marianne Young, British High Commissioner and Xin Shunkang, Chinese Ambassador. Several Indonesian students studying at the Polytechnic of Namibia also participated.
Starting off the blood donation, the Indonesian Ambassador stated that this kind of activity increased the sense of brotherhood among people of different countries, considering that the blood someone donated could help another person in need of blood transfusion.
At present, according to the Blood transfusion Service of Namibia, they are facing a shortage of blood supplies due to the high incidence of traffic related accidents. At the beginning of the year the Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia only had blood supply sufficient for two days, when normally they should have enough stock for 9 days.
Ambassador Sumartono expressed hope that this noble cause among the diplomatic community could be held routinely. Besides helping Namibians who need blood transfusions, donating blood also has health related benefits for the donors.(Source: The Indonesia Embassy, Windhoek).