The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) needs blood donations as blood stock levels decrease, posing a severe risk to patients in need.
Since the implementation of the new digital donor questionnaire, aimed at streamlining the donor registration process, on the 7th of November 2023, SANBS has seen a steady decline in blood donations.
This blood shortage may affect the
lives of numerous individuals reliant on blood transfusions.
The technical issues experienced with the implementation have since been resolved, and donors can look forward to an
enhanced donor experience.
The strain on the blood supply impacts patients relying on blood transfusion and undermines the preparedness to handle unforeseen emergencies, creating an alarming ripple effect at healthcare facilities.
“We are facing a critical shortage of blood and urgently call upon all South Africans to band together to get through this challenging period.
The demand for blood remains constant, yet
our current supply falls short of meeting this ongoing need.
“Should this decline continue, our ability to meet the needs of patients will be severely
negatively impacted,” said Thandi Mosupye, SANBS Senior Manager for Marketing,
Communication, and Brand
Donating blood is a safe process that takes only 30 minutes. SANBS urges all eligible and healthy individuals to visit their nearest donation site and contribute to this life-saving cause.
Every donation matters and holds the power to save lives, and each contribution is a lifeline to someone desperately in need.
To donate blood on the new system for the first time, a copy of your Identity document must be presented; you must be between the ages of 16 and 75, weigh more than 50kg and be in good health.