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11 June 2021, 13:24

Proposal to switch to unpaid blood donations in Belarus

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MINSK, 11 June (BelTA) – The bill on amendments to the laws on blood donations has been submitted to the House of Representatives, Lyudmila Makarina-Kibak, MD, Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Health, Physical Education, Family and Youth Policy of the House of Representatives, told reporters, BelTA has learned.

“The bill ‘On amendments to the laws on the donation of blood and its components' was submitted to the House of Representatives yesterday. This is our parliamentary initiative, so we continue to work on it in the House of Representatives,” Lyudmila Makarina-Kibak said.

She explained that the most important amendment is that donors will not be paid for blood donations. She believes that people should be motivated by altruism, the desire to help others and by a sense of moral duty or social responsibility.

Belarus expects to completely switch to unpaid blood donations. According to experts, this type of donations is practiced all over the world. Unpaid donations in Belarus will not imply non-remunerated donation, as those who will donate blood will be given a food voucher after the procedure. In other words, donors will not be paid, but they will not have to cover the costs of post-donation recovery.

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