Roll up your sleeves this World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day is celebrated around the world on 14 June. Its aim? To thank volunteer blood donors for their life-giving donations, and to educate communities about the need for regular blood donors to ensure a steady supply of safe blood and blood products.

This year, World Blood Donor Day explores the connection between those who donate blood and those who receive it. By sharing the stories of people whose lives have been changed through the actions of blood donors, the 2016 campaign will encourage current blood donors to keep up the great work and urge those who do not yet donate to consider signing up.

Blood donations save millions of lives each year – just one unit of this precious resource can save the lives of up to three patients. In South Africa, however, only one in a hundred people eligible to donate blood do so on a regular basis. According to the South African National Blood Service (SANBS), regular blood donors ensure that the safety of blood is maintained and make it possible for them to collect sufficient safe blood to meet the demand.

If you’d like to become a blood donor and make a difference in the lives of others, here is the South African National Blood Service’s checklist of requirements:

You must:

  • Weigh 50 kg or more
  • Be between the ages of 16 and 65
  • Be healthy
  • Lead a sexually safe lifestyle
  • Consider your blood safe for transfusion
You may not:
  • Have low or high blood pressure
  • Have low iron (haemoglobin) levels
  • Be pregnant
  • Have had surgery recently
  • Be taking certain medications
For more information head to sanbs.org.za.

Sources
who.int
sanbs.org.za
health24.com

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