Stem Cell Awareness Week 13-17 November, 2023 – World Cord Blood Day

#StemCellAwarenessWeek2023 #DonateCordBlood #WCBD23 #WorldCordBloodDay

Events taking place in Crete, South Aegean and Thessaloniki Greece:

– The HQs of Region of Crete ( and South Aegean ( illuminate to raise awareness on cord blood donation/banking and the therapeutic properties and advances in the field.  For the second consecutive year, all four HQs of Crete’s prefectures – Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion, Lasithi – will also illuminate on the day. The awareness week is under the auspices of the 7th Health Region of Crete (

– Live & Interactive sessions for Secondary School students – throughout the awareness week – with the scientists of the Public CBBC & the Haemopoiesis Research Lab, co-organised with the Regional Directorate of Secondary Education of Heraklion.

Virtual art & photography exhibition – updated with new submissions to the existing works of art – by doctors and students of the School of Medicine UoC, and Universities abroad, running through-out the week 13-17 November 2022 (

Joint press releases by Public CBBC and co-organizers of the ‘Stem Cell Awareness Week’

social media outreach by Public CBBC advancing public perception on cord blood donation and the benefits of the use of cord blood for innovative treatments

Outreach/Info session by the staff of Public CBBC on cord blood donation at the University Hospital of Heraklion (PAGNI) for staff members, visitors and expecting parents (15/11) from 13.00-14.00 and info on the expecting parents’ seminars which take place virtually every month.

– Event open for the general public in Chania by NGOs ‘Aghios Ioannis’ ( and ‘Orizontas’ ( in cooperation with the Municipality of Chania, and the support of the group ‘Supporters of Mothers’ breast-feeding’ (, on the importance of cord blood donation by raising awareness, speeches, info sessions and hand-outs. In addition, an award ceremony will take place, awarding cord blood donors from Chania (16/11 at 18.30).

– Spreading the message on cord blood donation and its therapeutic properties through Public CBBC official song:

Virtual tour at Public CBBC (

This year, the Public Cord Blood Bank of the General Hospital G. Papanikolaou in Thessaloniki joins the activities of the #StemCellAwarenessWeek2023. Staff will hold awareness raising activities on cord blood donation:

– at public and private maternity clinics, including maternity Clinic ‘Genesis’

– putting up posters at maternity clinics

-by mobilising local blood donor associations to provide to expecting parents the boxes for the collection/transfer of the collected cord blood

social media outreach with the publication of a text on cord blood donation and the speech of the Director on the role of public cord blood banks

-at primary and secondary schools

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