According to the South African National Blood Service (SANBS), less than 1% of South Africans donate blood regularly. This amount isn’t nearly enough to meet demands and therefore it’s crucial for more people to volunteer to donate this precious life source.
FAQs about donating blood.
Blood provides life and just one donation could potentially save the lives of up to three people. After donating and when your blood has been tested and deemed safe to use, it is separated into plasma, red blood cells and platelets.
Blood donations are given to:
After donating blood, you donor needs to wait 56 days to be able to donate again.
Not at all. The finger prick to test your blood and when the nurse inserts the needle into your arm may cause some discomfort, but the rest of the process is painless.
From start to finish the process could take between 20 to 30 minutes.
A blood donor might feel a little faint after donating, but if you eat a biscuit or drink a sweetened drink afterwards, you’ll feel fine soon after.
One unit of blood which is approximately 475ml will be taken.
You need to be:
People who live in the Western Cape can visit the Western Province Blood Transfusion (WP Blood Transfusion) website at www.wpblood.org.za to find out where they can donate.
People living in the rest of South Africa can visit SANBS website at https://sanbs.org.za/ to find out where to donate.
If you have any further questions you’d like answered, visit WP Blood Transfusion’s website.
Download our infographic to learn more about the donation process: