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Greece Lifts Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

Gay and bisexual men can now donate blood in Greece as the Health Ministry lifted the ban Greece imposed beginning in the 1980s during the HIV/Aids epidemic. Health minister Thanos Plevris and deputy Mina Gaga signed a ministerial decree on...

Just One of Greece's 300 Lawmakers Donates Blood to Blaze Victims

Social media users in Greece responded with anger to the news that only one member of parliament volunteered on Tuesday to donate blood for the victims of the deadly fire, east of Athens on Monday. According to reports, the lone...

Bloode Proves Blood Is Thicker Than Water

Bloode, an online network where Greeks can connect with other Greeks with the same blood types, also encourages people to donate blood. The idea began in 2012, when Natalia Kritsali and Natalia Bougadeli were still students and were confronted with...

Raising Awareness for Blood Donations in Greece on World Blood Donation Day

World Blood Donation Day is celebrated annually on June 14 across the globe in order to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products. Established in 2004, all countries take part in events to raise awareness of the...

Number of Greeks Donating Blood is Dropping

The number of blood donors in Greece is decreasing significantly, according to figures by the National Center for Blood Donation (EKEA). Data provided by EKEA show a steady downward trend in blood supply in recent years. In 2013, blood centers collected 39,000...

Volunteer Blood Donor Torch Relay in Greece

The 12th annual blood donor torch relay started on Friday after the flame was ignited in front of the Greek Parliament, next to the Unknown Soldier monument, in downtown Athens. The Panhellenic Torch Relay of Volunteer Blood Donors is part of...

November 7 Dedicated to Blood Donation

The Greek Deputy Minister for Education and Religious Affairs Symeon Kedikoglou and the President of the Association of Friends of Children with Cancer “Elpida” along with the Association “Orama Elpidas” Marianna V. Vardinogiannis signed a cooperation agreement. “Every country needs...

Golden Dawn Blood Donation Draws Ire

The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party's ongoing blood drives with donations earmarked only for Greeks pitted it against protesters outside a hospital in Tripoli in which a man who was photographing the event said he was attacked by the extremists. Tensions...

Golden Dawn Starts Soup Kitchens

Far-right Parliament party Golden Dawn started soup kitchens providing hundreds of people with food in Ilion, Athens and other areas. The first day the kitchen soups were initiated, masses marched to the area demonstrating their unemployment cards or papers...

Medics Outraged at Far-Right Party Proclaiming Blood Donations for Greeks Only

A few days ago, far-right Golden Dawn party announced their decision to run blood donations for Greeks only. Doctors and medical authorities of the country expressed their outrage over this statement and marked it as "inhuman and racist." Golden Dawn...