Monday, December 26, 2011

Canadian Blood Services (IMG00531)

Greetings from CBS ( or 1-888-2-donate) !!

Well, I don't actually work here but am waiting for S to finish his donation. Blood is often in short-supply during the holiday seasons and the recent call from CBS sounds urgent.

Giving is a way of paying forward.


The Inner Space said...

The canadian red cross no more using their old name now called Canadian Blood Services eh!

Haricot 微豆 said...

SBB: The CBS was created as a result of Canada's "Tainted Blood Scandal".

According to Wikipedia / The Royal Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada :

"…. Since the 1940s, the blood system had largely been the responsibility of the Canadian Red Cross Society. This independent charitable body supplied donated blood to hospitals or, if the blood was past its expiry date, gave it to Connaught Laboratories, the major producer of blood products in Canada. Connaught had initially been a non-profit company operated by the University of Toronto; by the 1980s it had been sold into the private sector.
In the late 1970s a crisis emerged. Thousands of people were being infected with HIV and Hepatitis C. It became apparent that inadequately screened blood, often coming from high risk populations, was entering the system.

In October 1993, the Canadian Government established The Royal Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada that was headed by Mr. Justice Horace Krever. The Krever Commission or Krever Inquiry was set up to investigate allegations that the system of government, private, and non-governmental organizations responsible for supplying blood and blood products to the health care system had allowed contaminated blood to be used.

The Krever Report was tabled in the House of Commons on 26 November 1997. The Krever inquiry recommended the creation of Canadian Blood Services, an agency which would operate at arms-length from the federal government. It also made recommendations regarding compensation for persons who had received contaminated blood. …."

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