International Plasma Awareness Week (IPAW)
Every year, International Plasma Awareness Week (IPAW) 2021 takes place to bring attention to the need for global source plasma as well as to recognize the contributions of plasma donors for saving lives. This year IPAW will take place from October 4 - 8, and we would like you to participate in helping raise global awareness about source plasma collection and increase the understanding of these lifesaving plasma protein therapies for those living with PI. Use the sample messages in our Plasma Awareness Toolkit (listed below) to help promote this important week. And for more information about plasma donation, locating a plasma center, and more, please visit www.plasmahero.org.
Help us promote the importance of plasma donation through social media! Many individuals are unaware that plasma is used for life-saving treatments for the IDF community, along with other rare diagnoses, and with your help, we can increase the understanding and recurrence of plasma donation.
The more we learn about plasma, the more we realize its life-saving potential. We need your help. We need heroes to step up, donate, and save lives.
Plasma Awareness Coordinators help spread the word about the importance of plasma donation by meeting with staff and donors at their local plasma donation centers. By sharing their personal stories on how their lives have been impacted by plasma donations, these individuals help to give plasma donations a name, a face, and a personal connection.
Since late 2018, the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) has been tracking a troubling shortage of plasma-based immunoglobulin (Ig) products, which are lifesaving, lifelong treatments for people with primary immunodeficiencies (PI), specifically those who are antibody deficient. We continue to monitor the situation day-to-day and week-to-week and offer guidance and input where we can to make a difference.
Plasma can be used to create immunoglobulin (Ig) which is one of the most important and successful therapies for people with primary immunodeficiencies (PI). The therapy is both lifesaving and often lifelong, and it plays a vital role in the lives of many people with PI.
IDF enjoys a strong relationship with those involved in the different stages of the process, appreciating their commitment to the collection of high-quality plasma, and dedication to the highest levels of safety and quality assurances.
The Power of Plasma
Watch this video to hear representatives from the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) discuss the power of plasma.