Evaluation of the Factors that affect voluntary blood donation in students at Rushoroza Seed School, Kanungu District.


Namanya, Rossette

Globally, in 2015 World Health Organization theme for blood donor day campaign was
“thanks for saving my life”. On June 14th, WHO, strongly encourages more people to donate
blood voluntarily and regularly with slogan “Give freely”, give often, blood donation
matters world-wide. Uganda with a population of 34 million needs about 250,000 units of
blood to be able to meet its national needs but couldn’t get these big units due to many
challenges. The main purpose of this study was to evaluate factors affecting Voluntary
Blood Donation among students at Rushoroza Seed School, Kanungu District. This study
was conducted in Rushoroza Seed School. A cross-sectional descriptive and quantitative
study was employed. The results showed that 67% (45) participants had never donated
blood voluntarily, 33% (22) ever donated blood voluntarily. Out of 67 participants majority
of them donated 35(52.2%) so that they can get biscuits and soda after the donation while
22(32.8)% were encouraged by friend to donate blood, 6(8.95%) heard appeal for blood
donation on radio and 4(5.97%) relative/friend needed blood to be transfused. Out of 67
participants’ reasons for not donating blood voluntary 35(52.3%) was due to fear of to be
tested for medical illness like HIV, 25(37.3)% fear of needles prick and only 7(10.4%) fear of
looking at blood to avoid fainting. The 63% (42) of participants said they think blood
donation is necessary, 24% (16) did not think of its importance and 13% (9) said that it was
not necessary.
Keywords: Blood donation, voluntary, Kanungu district and students.





Namanya, Rossette (2023). Evaluation of the factors that affect voluntary blood donation in students at Rushoroza Seed School, Kanungu District. IDOSR Journal of Applied Sciences, 8(2) 15-28.