Samsung executives collect donations to support the production of a ‘blood donation bus’

blood donation bus. Hankyoreh material photo

Samsung announced on the 12th that it had donated 10% of the special incentives received by its affiliates in December last year voluntarily and donated 10 billion won to the Korean Red Cross. The donation will be used to support the production of a new blood donation bus to solve the problem of blood shortage. The Korean Red Cross currently operates 94 blood donation buses at 15 blood centers across the country. Of these, about 10 units are replaced every year due to a lack of budget, despite the need to replace 10 units per year due to aging and other reasons. The Korean Red Cross plans to use donations from Samsung executives to replace old blood donation buses with new ones every year for the next 10 years to increase the operation rate and safety of the blood donation buses. The number of blood donations in Korea has been on a downward trend since 2017, and the decrease has increased due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020. The number of blood donations, which exceeded 2.7 million in 2017, remained at 2.6 million in 2019, 2.4 million in 2020, and 2.4 million in 2021. This is a decrease of more than 10% compared to 2017. The number of group blood donations using the blood donation bus decreased from 900,000 in 2017 to 640,000 in 2020 and 630,000 in 2021. By Kim Young-bae, senior staff reporter [email protected]

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