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Kenya's 1st Lady

Kenya's First lady, Mrs. Kenyatta in discussion with Joe Wangendo & Erica.

First Lady Margaret Ke nyatta with Erica Gachoka a 16 year old student of St. Andrews school, Turi who will participate in the 2013 Chicago Marathon to raise funds for purchase of Mobile blood donation units for Kenya when she called on her at State House, Nairobi.

By PSCU

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has urged corporations and individuals to support initiatives to establish mobile blood units in the country.

The First Lady said sufficient supply of blood in a timely man ner will save lives of Kenyans in need of transfusions.

She pledged her full support for convenient and accessible facilities where Kenyans can walk and donate blood.

The First Lady was speaking at State House Nairobi when she received 16 year old student Ms. Erica Njeri Gachoka, a student at St Andrews School, Turi who paid her a courtesy call. Ms. Gachoka will take part in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2013 to raise funds for purchase of mobile blood donation units in the country.

Ms. Gachoka's initiative was sparked by numerous appeals for blood in the media. She decided to participate in the marathon to help. She appealed to well-wishers to support the worthy cause.

The First Lady encouraged Kenyans to adopt a new culture of patriotic voluntary regular blood donation to resolutely deal with maternal, child and road accidents related deaths due to lack of blood.

"Mobile blood donation units, custom-made bus with donation beds, are ideal because of safety, privacy and accessibility," the First lady said.

One of the challenges of getting enough blood donors, the First Lady said, is lack of conveniently located donation sites. We need to take blood donation services to potential donors' areas of operation.

She added that adequate blood stock is of national strategic importance especially in case of major disasters that require blood transfusion.

"Blood is a key component in achieving millennium Development goals 3 and 4 on reducing child and maternal mortality. We have less than 1,000 days to go before meeting the targets set for the Millennium Development Goals," she said.< o:p>

BloodLink Foundation Executive Director Mr. Joseph Wang'endo, who accompanied Ms. Gachoka, said his organization partners with National Blood Transfusion Service in recruitment and mobilization of blood donors to ensure sufficient safe blood for needy Kenyans.

Mr. Wang'endo said the Foundation has launched a campaign to raise ksh. 4.3million($50,000) to purchase a mobile blood donation unit. The Foundation has championed blood donation at the work places, universities and schools in collaboration with the Ministry of Health since 2004.