Volunteers keep the blood flowing

2016-06-23 06:00

Blood drives are important in South Africa, as it is one of 65 countries that gets all of its blood from voluntary donors.

In the face of major communicable disease epidemics South Africa has maintained a high degree of blood safety and a reliable supply of blood countrywide. To keep blood safe SANBS tests every single unit of blood collected daily for pathogens that cause HIV, Hepatitis B and C and syphilis which are highly prevalent in the country. This is an investment that has given many accident victims, people suffering from blood-related diseases and mothers in labour the opportunity to live healthy lives.

First-time mother Wendy Patterson wouldn’t be alive today had it not been for 22 generous strangers giving blood.

SANBS has over 400 000 donors on its database and the number is still growing. This has been achieved somewhat through embracing the diversification of its donor base.

“Blood really connects people and our hope is that our efforts will see an even wider range of donors walk into donor centres to start their journey in sharing the gift of life,” says SANBS communications manager Ms. Vanessa Raju.

  • The Uitenhage Blood Donor Centre is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 - 18:00 and there is a mobile blood drive in Despatch every month.

The next one is scheduled for 28 June from 14:00 - 19:00 at the Town Hall. Support them and possibly safe a life in the process.

(-Anika de Beer)

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