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Where can I donate?
Your blood saves lives.
Less than 1% of South Africans are active blood donors. A unit of blood only lasts 42 days after donation and, for this reason, it is important for blood donors to donate regularly. Donors can give blood as often as every eight weeks.
Every unit of blood can save a minimum of three lives as blood is separated into red blood cells, plasma and platelets.
SANBS aims to collect 3000 units of blood per day to ensure a safe and sufficient blood supply in the health care system. This is the journey of 1 unit of donated blood.
There are many SANBS blood donation centres open to the public. To find the location nearest to you, click on our map. Or you may consider motivating your employer to host a blood drive at your offices for the convenience of all staff members.
Am I eligible?
Generally you can donate if you are healthy and lead a low risk lifestyle.
“Healthy” means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition, such as diabetes, “healthy” also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.
“Risky behaviour”, such as having sex with someone you dont know or injecting yourself with drugs, means that you have been at risk of contracting transfusion transmissible infections such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C. We rely on your honesty and ask that you NOT donate if you have engaged in risky behaviour.
You must consider your blood safe for transfusion to a patient.
- @Mdange_KaTshiwo The only time you will have to pay out of your own pocket for the full amount of blood or blood pr… https://t.co/6iZ2kuSefc 4 weeks ago
- @Mdange_KaTshiwo Blood donors do have to pay for any blood they require. However, you will get blood free if you ar… https://t.co/fDo6sQ5w85 4 weeks ago
- @SaintMushe Our constitution states that everyone has the right to access health care and therefore government hosp… https://t.co/TxZB1SZojL 4 weeks ago
- @SaintMushe Hi there, we charge blood recipients because the process of stringent blood testing is costly. Staff, t… https://t.co/maVHwyxaS7 4 weeks ago
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