SANBS needs South Africans to donate more blood

2015-04-30 16:51

THE South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has announced that it is faced with yet another difficulty regarding blood collections.

This follows the unavailability of donors due to the Easter recess.

Almost 40% of the blood collected ahead of the holiday is reportedly by donors from schools and universities.

“Due to the holidays we are unable to host these blood drives. This together with many people who also take a break, the blood stock levels are impacted significantly.

“Currently, the blood stock at a national level is 1,5 days and in the Free State it is 1,8 days,” says Alta Pienaar, SANBS public relations manager.

“The SANBS needs to maintain a stock level of five days at all times by collecting 3 000 units of blood per day to meet the demand of the thousands of patients who are reliant on blood transfusions for their survival,” she says, further appealing for support from members of the public who meet the minimum blood donor requirements, especially regular blood donors who may have missed a blood donation, to help boost supplies by committing to donating blood.

In order to become a blood donor the person must meet the following requirements:

) weigh at least 50 kg

) be between the ages of 16 and 65

) lead a safe sexual lifestyle

) be in general good health;


) consider your blood safe for transfusion to a patient.

If you wish to find out more on where to donate and more on becoming a donor, call 0800-119-031 or email or visit

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