Jehovah’s Witnesses Organize Nonblood Health Care Training to Support Patients and Medical Community

In support of patient-centered care, Jehovah’s Witnesses work with healthcare professionals and hospitals across the country to provide information on nonblood clinical strategies that are acceptable to their patients’ beliefs.

Also known as Hospital Liaison Committees (HLC), Jehovah’s Witnesses have formed an international network of trained volunteers who provide assistance to Witness patients, their families and physicians for quality care without the use of blood.

Globally, there are approximately 1,700 HLCs in 110 countries that interact and collaborate with physicians and hospital staff. In the Philippines, there are 22 HLCs made up of 283 Christian ministers from across the country. In October, Jehovah’s Witnesses Hospital Information Services completed virtual training for the six HLCs in the Mindanao region. Prior to the pandemic, training for HLCs in the Luzon and Visayan regions also took place.

HLC members use their training to the fullest to help Witness patients who have personally decided to receive medical care consistent with their biblical belief to avoid blood. –Acts 15:28, 29.

“Jehovah’s Witnesses value life and do everything reasonable to prolong it. They seek quality care and accept the vast majority of medical treatments. We greatly appreciate the countless physicians and medical staff who understand and respect the deeply held personal beliefs of their patients, ”said Leynard Rodulfa, Philippine spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses.

HLCs also provide access to relevant peer-reviewed medical journals and facilitate doctor-to-doctor consultations. Presentations for the medical community are held to enhance understanding of Witnesses’ religious and ethical beliefs about medical therapy without the use of blood. The presentations also include information on advanced medical procedures based on scientifically accepted alternatives to blood.

Some physicians and non-control patients prefer non-blood medical care. Patients who undergo bloodless medical treatment often benefit from fewer infections and faster recovery.

“I would like to know more about the alternatives because we know that the safest transfusion is the one that is not administered. In our official consent form, we recognize and respect the right of every patient to receive or refuse a blood transfusion, ”said Dr Reynette Christine Ligaray who attended one of the HLC presentations in Cebu City.

HLCs are available 24 hours a day for healthcare professionals treating Witness patients. Medical information for clinicians on complex medical and surgical procedures successfully performed without the use of blood is available at jw.org/en/medical-library.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Information: 3224-4405