#IYF2020 (20th International Youth Forum) is postponed to 2021!

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Please find attached the letter from IYC Board in the three IFBDO/FIODS official languages.

For any clarification or information, write to fiods.iyc@gmail.com

IYF 2020 postponement – English version

IYF 2020 aplazamiento – Versión en español

IYF 2020 report – version française

20th IFBDO/FIODS International Youth Forum in Kathmandu, Nepal! From 19 to 23 August 2020, save the date!!!

Dear Young Blood Donors & Volunteers,

Club 25 Nepal, a sister organization of Blood Donors Association Nepal (BLODAN), and International Youth Committee (IYC) of International Federation for Blood Donors Association (IFBDO/FIODS) have the pleasure to inform You about the upcoming 20th International Youth Forum, which will be held from 19th to 23rd of August 2020 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Forum will be followed by trekking event to Ghandruk & Pokhara from 23rd to 28th August, which will be facilitated by IYF 2020 team.

The title of the Forum is “New Decade: New Blood Donors! Reaching Young Blood Donors”. The overall theme of this edition is how to recruit new blood donors and how we can encourage young people to start blood donation, starting from their 18th birthday.

The participation fees (€ 250) will cover Your accommodation, meals and transportation throughout the duration of the Forum. This cost does not include trekking cost because trekking event is optional.

Please express Your interest in joining this event by filling in this registration form!!!

The event is open to all young volunteers of the organizations affiliated to IFBDO/FIODS, and to all other associations working for the promotion of voluntary and non-remunerated blood donation across the world.
Program and further details will be communicated to You soon, stay tuned!
If You have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Looking forward to Your participation!

IYC Team


Elections of the new IYC Board (2019-2022)

The elections for the new mandate of IFBDO/FIODS International Youth Committee Board took place on Sunday 25th August at Premier Expo Hotel in Baku (Azerbaijan), on the last day of the 19th International Youth Forum.

The IYC Board for the mandate 2019-2022 is composed as follows:
– IYC President: Narmin Rahimova (Azerbaijan);
– IYC Secretary General: Simon Baraldi (Italy);
– IYC Financial Secretary: Aryan Uprety (Nepal).

The Young Continental Delegates are:
– Africa: Dounia Belouafi (Morocco);
– Asia: Tatiana Esta (Lebanon);
– Europe: Francesca Gorga (Italy).

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“SPREAD THE LIGHT, SAVE LIVES!” The 19th IFBDO/FIODS Youth Forum in Baku (Azerbaijan)


The 19th International Youth Forum of IFBDO/FIODS was held from August 21st to 25th 2019 in the city of Baku, Azerbaijan. The participating countries were 11: Azerbaijan, Denmark, Georgia, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Nepal, Norway, Holland, Portugal, Romania. The number of delegates attending the Forum was 60.

On the afternoon of Wednesday 21st August, the traditional Market of welcome was set up. It was a beautiful moment of friendship and brotherhood between people, where the delegates of the Forum were able to taste food and wine delicacies from the participating countries. That was an ice breaker event to get know each other better in an informal atmosphere, to see again old friends and to meet new ones. In turn, each associative delegation presented its nation in a funny and informal way; the IYC Board presented also the trainers of the Forum: Mirfariz Muradov, Martin Thomas Schlecht and Onur Oguz Dellal.

The official Opening Ceremony of the Forum took place on Thursday 22nd August at the Baku Congress Centre, a beautiful modern building with a very suggestive architecture. The ceremony was attended by the President of Central Blood Bank of Azerbaijan, the representatives of the Azeri government (Minister of Health and Minister of Youth / Sport) and the IFBDO/FIODS Secretary General, Dr. Abdelmalek Sayah. Each delegation officially presented its own nation, transfusion system and voluntary association. Some similarities and some differences between nations emerged during the exhibitions: the economic balance sheets, the number of donors, the history of the associations. In the afternoon, we attended the first training lesson on Project Management, which was held by the trainer Mirfariz Muradov. The lesson was organized on two levels: a lecture and some group work. The frontal lesson focused attention on the organization and management of the project, a theme that can be profitably conducted only by a team with a very strong synergy and will. In particular, the trainer analyzed the factors that determine the success or failure of a project, applying the concrete case to the world of volunteering. Using teamwork, we identified the main problems facing our voluntary associations: the low presence of young volunteers, the abandonment of some donors, the lack of plasma apheresis, the exclusion of homosexual donors, economic hardship. Each group was assigned a problem to solve by working as a team; at the end of the work, each group presented its solution in front of the delegates. The day ended with a convivial fish-based dinner in an elegant restaurant on the Caspian Sea.

On Friday 23rd August we visited the Central Blood Bank of Azerbaijan, based in Baku. The doctor in charge of the facility showed us the path followed by Azerbaijani donors whenever they go to donate blood. Starting from the reception room, where the interview with the doctor takes place and the first blood samples are taken, up to the collection point, set up with 10 donation stations. Each blood unit is numbered and subjected to health checks. Blood collection is mainly focused on whole blood, as red blood cells are in great demand in Azerbaijan to counteract the strong incidence of thalassemia. The requirements to become blood donors in Azerbaijan are age, good health, weight over 50 kg, height over 150cm. Men can donate up to 6 times a year, while women can donate up to 4 times each year. Plasma donation doesn’t occur by apheresis, but separation is performed in the laboratory. Over 70,000 units of blood are collected each year throughout Azerbaijan. In the afternoon, our Azeri friends offered us a guided tour of Baku city center, which proved to be a wonderful moment of friendship and sharing.

On Saturday 24th August, we visited the northern region of Quba, scene of tragic clashes between the Armenian population and the Azerbaijani population throughout the beginning of the 20th century, where many victims fell. In the morning, IFBDO/FIODS Secretary General Dr. Abdelmalek Sayah gave an introductory lecture on the role of the IFBDO/FIODS in the 81 countries affiliated to it. The ethical values of voluntary and non-remunerated blood donation and the role of the Federation in their promotion were particularly underlined. During the conference it also emerged that the conditions of some African countries unfortunately don’t reflect the essential criteria for a correct and safe blood transfusion, but it’s hoped that in the coming years this situation may improve. The day continued with some motivational team games organized by trainers: Taboo and Memory types focused on blood donation, youth volunteering and the ability to pay attention. In the afternoon we then visited the Quba Genocide Museum, a new monument built between 2007 and 2013 to commemorate the Azerbaijani genocide by the Armenians in 1918. The visit was very interesting because we were able to learn different information about the history of the country that hosted us during this forum, as well as remembering the importance of civil coexistence among people.

On Sunday 25th August we attended two training lessons given by the trainers Martin Thomas Schlecht and Onur Oguz Dellal. The first lesson dealt with the issue of malnutrition in some areas of the African continent, in particular Zambia and Togo. The trainer provided us with numerous data regarding the difficulties of some countries in finding food, drugs and in guaranteeing essential health care. Some diseases, including Ebola and Zika, have caused the death of many people and decimated the population of different areas. The second lesson concerned the funds for Erasmus +, a European project that gives chance to young people (between the ages of 17 and 30) to attend a period of between 2 and 12 months abroad to carry out activities of volunteering. The teacher explained the application methods for the participants and for the hosting organizations to the European program, enrollment practices entirely managed on the European Union web portal. This lesson also gave the possibility to all the delegates, divided into groups, to create their own Erasmus + project to be exhibited to the others, in the form of teamwork. The exhibition of each group has become a great opportunity to share new ideas and volunteering strategy among us all.

Furthermore, at the end of the Forum the elections for the renewal of offices and the selection for the next host country were held. The IYC Board took leave of the Delegates with much emotion, wishing the new elected members a good work; the elected members and the Delegates thanked the IYC Board for the tremendous work they have done over the years, for their commitment and for their valuable contribution to IFBDO/FIODS and youth volunteering.

20° International Youth Forum will be held in August 2020 in Nepal, as voted unanimously by the Delegates. The Nepalese delegation explained the activities that will take place during the Forum and it’s committed to constantly updating the IYC on the organization developments.

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SAVE THE DATE! 18th International Youth Forum of IFBDO/FIODS

Organizations from around the world have already expressed their interest in joining the 18th International Youth Forum, happening in Aveiro – Portugal from the 23rd till the 26th of August 2018!facebook-04

The theme of this year’s event is “SHARE LIFE, JOIN THE TRIBE! Blood donors, a gift to the community“. It will focus on the role of young volunteers in promoting blood donation around the world, as well as their role in improving the quality of life in their surroundings.

The conference is open to all young volunteers between 18 and 30 years old of the organizations members of the IFBDO and of the other associations working for the promotion of voluntary and not remunerated blood donation in the world.

If you would like to join, please register on this link.

See you in Portugal!


The IYC team

Get ready for the IYF 2017: the opening Market and the cultural night

The 17th International Youth Forum of IFBDO is getting closer and it’s time to present some of its main features!

As the tradition of IYF states, the event will start on Thursday, August 24th  with a cultural night or ‘market’, where delegates from the same country will present not only their cultural features but also the identity and mission of their blood donors organization.

But how?

First of all, participants are invited to bring their special typical suits, customs, and traditional stuff to show them to everyone at the Forum. All food and drinks are also welcomed!

We will also exchange some special giveaways, such as promotional stuff, gadgets and merchandise related to the national blood donors associations that will be represented in this event.

Moreover, we encourage delegations to unleash their creativity and prepare a small play to exemplify (in maximum 5 minutes!) what volunteers usually do in their associations or how is blood collection usually carried out in the country. Of course even on this occasion we want to underline the importance of what we all do for the promotion of voluntary and not remunerated blood donation, but in a funny and friendly way 🙂

On Thursday 24th, delegations will have the chance to prepare their stand and performance since 4 pm and the market is to be executed at 6 pm local time (preceded by Forum welcoming remarks and a ice-breaking game at 5 pm).

We will post pictures and videos from the cultural night on the IYC social media (Facebook page: IYC – International Youth Committee) so please stay tuned!

And if you want a taste of the cultural night and market atmosphere please find below some pictures from previous IYF editions.

Can’t wait to meet you in Kaunas!




“DonAction: from local to global!” The 17th IFBDO International Youth Forum


As you already know, on August 24th – 27th  2017 the 17th IFBDO International Youth ForumDonAction: from local to global!” will take place in Kaunas (Lithuania), with the aims to gather the positive will of volunteers and blood donors from all over the world to reach blood donation and volunteering global goals.

During the conference the participants will have the chance to know each other and their donors associations, to share their experiences and learn something new with workshops on different aspects of the Forum topic, to visit the Lithuanian National Blood Bank and the cities of Kaunas and Vilnius.

Registration deadline is Saturday 15th July!

There’s still time left to apply: if you are a young volunteer (aged between 18 and 30) of a blood donors association interested in this training event, write us at fiods.iyc@gmail.com and we will send you the program file with the registration link.

Each country is allowed a maximum of 10 participants. We already have more than 15 countries on board for this edition!

The participation fee is 250 Euro per person. This includes accomodation, meals and all the activities during the conference, with the exception of flight costs.

Stay tuned for further updates about this special event!


The 16th International Youth Forum and the new IYC Board

Representing in the best way the main belief “no borders, no races, no religion” of the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations (IFBDO/FIODS), the 16th International Youth Forum (IYF) took place for the first time in Lebanon and the Middle East from the 24th till the 28th of August 2016.

Young participants from 12 countries from all over the world had the opportunity to exchange ideas and gain knowledge about blood donation.

The sessions were held under the professional guidance of experts, who shared their knowledge and expertise about the importance of volunteering and building common goals between all organizations.

The participants had the chance to explore the world of blood donation, exchange their local experiences and enjoy the beauties of Lebanon thanks to the remarkable organization from the hosting committee – Donner Sang Compter (DSC). Despite the differences in language and culture, everybody found their way to communicate the common goal of reaching 100 % voluntary non-remunerated blood donations locally and all over the world.

The end of the forum was marked by another important event: on Sunday the 28th of August, a new Board was elected for the IYC and new  Continental Young Delegates were selected, consisting of the President Abdo Saad from Lebanon, the General Secretary Alice Simonetti from Italy, the Financial Secretary Anna Toft from Denmark, European Delegate Filippo Pozzoli from Italy, Asian Delegate Dima El Zein from Lebanon, and African Delegate Dounia Belouafi from Morocco.

The new elected board will participate at the IFBDO’s Executive Council held in Rome on The 23rd of September 2016, and at the medical seminar on ‘‘Plasma-derived products and self-sufficiency programs” held in the Vatican City on the 24th of September 2016.

The remarkable success of the 16th International Youth Forum of the IFBDO was consequent to the collaboration among young volunteers from different countries and organizations; one particular aspect of success of this forum was the increasing number of participants from 12 countries from all over the world – Some of the participating countries were not listed as IFBDO members, and due to their experience at IYF 2016, they are keen to officially join the Federation.

Therefore, IYC volunteers truly recognize the generous financial contributions of the following organizations, who gave the chance for a bigger number of young volunteers to participate at this event:

  • AVIS (Associazione Volontari Italiani Sangue)
  • National Danish Blood Donor Association (NDBDA)
  • Norwegian Red Cross.

Such contributions give the example about equity, unity and integrity towards achieving a global coalition!

The latest edition of the Forum will give much inspirations and set high standards for the newly elected IYC board when planning for the 17th IYF which will be held in Lithuania in 2017. The IYC family has grown, but still much more effort will be done to enroll new members and develop new projects within this International movement!

From the left: Alice Simonetti (Italy), former President of the IYC and new Secretary General, Abdo Saad (Lebanon), the new IYC President, Dimitris Tantsidis (Greece), former IYC Secretary and Anna Toft (Denmark), new IYC Financial Secretary.
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From the left: Alice Simonetti, Abdo Saad, Dima El Zein (Lebanon) Continental Young Delegate for Asia, Filippo Pozzoli (Italy), Continental Young Delegate for Europe and Dounia Belouafi, Continental Young Delegate for Africa.


UN International Youth Day, 12 August 2016

In 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly declared August 12 International Youth Day, which gives an opportunity to celebrate young people’s views and initiatives.

The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”. This year’s Day is in fact about achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It focuses on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production.

We wish to celebrate such an important day also on behalf the IFBDO International Youth Committee, at least for three reasons!

1. Highlighting the role of YOUNG PEOPLE

Your contribution and ideas means A LOT in our society. The leading role of young people is a crucial part of the present, and not only a hope for the future. Having a Youth Committee in an NGO like IFBDO works to boost these characteristics and we wish to build a real global coalition to spread it even more.

The leading role of young people is a crucial part of the present, and not only a hope for the future.

2. The importance of VOLUNTEERING

Being a voluntary and unpaid blood donor means giving a small part of you to save lives of other people. Being an active volunteer of a blood donors association means putting your efforts in order to have always more people doing this truly altruistic gesture, promoting at the same time active citizenships and healthy lifestyles.

Being a voluntary and unpaid blood donor means giving a small part of you to save lives of other people.

Doing all of this with the vision, energy and innovative communication skills of young people, in conjunction with training and exchange of experience with the association eldest members, is a key to pursue our mission.

3. The promotion of HEALTH and SOLIDARITY

Associations and Federations of blood donors struggle for the right of access for all people to a reliable supply of safe blood and hemoderivatives for patients whose lives depend on it. This is our way to contribute, especially thanks to the youngest volunteers, to the development goals of sustainability, health care access and well-being, as also an example of international and supportive cooperation network.

For all of these reasons and even more, happy International Youth Day 2016!

#youthday #youth2030 #volunteering #giveblood #sharelife


Iranian National Blood Donation Day

The message of WBDD of 2016 was << Blood connect us all>>. That’s why we would like to encourage all our member to participate and help our friends in Iran in order to find the most suitable picture for their campaign for the National Blood Donation Day.

All together we can reach a better world, lets try to express our ideas. For more information, visit the following link:



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