Blood shortage is a critical issue around the world. During festive seasons like Ramadan, blood shortages are at their worst, as donors are busy with friends and family and make fewer donations. Morocco has found a solution to the problem. Since 2013, Morocco has met all of its blood needs during Ramadan, thanks to a national scale blood donation program in mosques. It’s a world first.

The national-scale Ramadan blood collection program, developed by the Moroccan National Blood Transfusion and Hematology Center (CNTSH), is a world first and its success is inspiring other countries to set up similar initiatives. Photo credit: CNTSH
The national-scale Ramadan blood collection program, developed by the Moroccan National Blood Transfusion and Hematology Center (CNTSH), is a world first and its success is inspiring other countries to set up similar initiatives. Photo credit: CNTSH.
Margot Eliason is a writer at Morocco World News.