Tips on Blood Donation

  • Shortages of all blood types usually occur during the summer holidays.
  • Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors.
  • Approximately 60% of the Indian population is eligible to give blood - only 1% does in a given year.
  • The demand for blood transfusions is growing faster than donations.
  • A healthy donor may donate platelets as few as 3 days apart, but a maximum of 24 times a year.
  • A healthy donor can donate blood after 3 months.
  • You must be at least 18 years old, weigh more than 40 kg, and be in good general health to donate.
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 10 units of blood.
  • More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
  • Thalassemis needs frequent blood transfusions.