The IMT school presents the first national donation study

There free donation and non-refundable is guarantee of solidarity motivation and long-term loyalty of those who make this gesture. That’s what’s coming out of it “The value of gratuity”the conference was promoted today by National AVIS on the occasion of the Senate inquiry into the draft competition law.

«As we have already emphasized on several occasions – comment National President, Gianpietro Briola – It shows the Italian model it is possible to achieve self-sufficiency through a completely free collection system. We have done this with red blood cells, and in view of the increase in the amount of donated plasma, it is possible in the last ten years to hit the target in this area as well. The Competition Bill, presumably only due to a terminological oversight, does not explicitly distinguish between systems where collection is compensated and systems where it is free. In this sense, we very much welcome the intervention of Senator Rizzotti, who hosted the press conference, and of Senators Boldrini and Pirro, who with conviction and commitment have been able to enter into dialogue with the government so that competition law can bring legislation on the plasma system. . collection based on the values ​​of a solidarity donation, free, non-refundable and unpaid. Finally, we thank the President of the Industry Commission, Gianni Girotto, who spoke and reiterated that free donation is immovable and obligatory and that there is a firm will to continue working in this sense. It is now important for the Senate to follow up on these statements by changing the text in the desired direction ”.

In support of this position has results of a examination conducted by the IMT High Studies School of Lucca in collaboration with National AVIS and four Regional Avis (Emilia Romagna, Lombardy, Puglia and Tuscany).

Research is the largest done in our country on this subject and, for the first time, it made it possible to compare donor behavior Italians, who do not receive compensation for their periodic gesture, with the Hungarians, a nation where the donation of plasma provides a form of compensation.

From a behavioral point of view, the study sought to understand the different dynamics that agree to define the identity of the donor and the tendency to make this gesture regularly. The data collected show how in countries that provide recognition of benefits, a real interest is created mainly linked to the acquisition of material benefits. Failure to establish an inherent motivation in reimbursed donors results so a fragility of the system and exposes the transfusion model to economic and market dynamicsas also demonstrated by the U.S. case where plasma donations fell as soon as the Biden administration, in response to Covid, introduced social benefits that are cheaper than the reimbursements for plasma donations.

There itself emergency have instead created a push to donate in our country which made it possible to limit the effects of the pandemic. Once again, therefore the Italian system is confirmed as a virtuous model in the consolidation and expansion of the motivations towards the gift as it generates one self-sufficiency mechanism that guarantees a very long “donor career”.

“In this scenario,” President Briola emphasized, “in order to improve the Italian collection system, it is necessary to remove the possible obstacles that could undermine the donors’ willingness to show solidarity.” In addition to all this, there are some structural interventions that we consider essential and of primary importance, such as increasing the number of health professionals, extending the opening hours of the collection centers, involving these structures in the Community Houses and generally reorganizing the national and regional network of collection, treatment and validation standards appropriate to the future needs of plasma derivatives “.

In addition to the President of National AVIS, Gianpietro Briolaat the meeting this morning, arranged with the senator Maria Rizzottithe chairman of the Industry Commission attended, Gianni Pietro Girotto and, representing the Hygiene and Health Commission, the Vice-Chairman Paola Boldrini and the senator Elisa Pirro. All senators reiterated the importance of preserving the free value of the donation and their involvement in competition law. It was an opportunity to understand how people who donate for free can stay in voluntary associations for over 15 years.

An attachment and a sense of loyalty, which, as explained by the professor Emiliano Ricciardi from IMT school «Can not find in donors receiving reimbursement is it they remain in this system for less than three years“.

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