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Why should I donate ?

These are few blood facts, why people with an altruistic attitude might want to become blood donors.

  • A large number of people depend on the continued generosity of others who are healthy.
  • For the sick person who needs transfusion, blood may be the difference between life and death.
  • A normal donation is one unit of blood, (i.e. 475ml). Average adults have about 5 litres in their body.
  • Giving blood will not decrease your health.
  • Our body replenishes controlled blood loss by itself.
  • Approximately 50 to 60 units of blood are needed daily to meet the demands from hospitals.
  • Red cells have to be used within 42 days.
  • People who have suffered great blood loss, may require about 50 units of red blood cells.
  • One or two serious accidents are often enough to drain our blood stocks.
  • Blood donation is safe.
  • Scrupulous tests are carried out on every single donation.
  • Certain patients like those with kidney problems, require blood transfusions on a regular basis.
  • Nearly 300 grievous traffic accidents occur in Malta every year, 17 of which are fatal.
  • Maltese blood donors are enough to cater for the local requests, help us keep it this way.
  • If you started donating at 17 years of age and donated 3 times a year up to the age of 68, you would have donated over 69 litres of blood.
  • Platelets must be used within 5 days from collection.
  • There is no substitute for human blood.
  • Over 300,000 people in Malta can donate blood but barely 5% do.
  • Donors do it out of a sense of duty, and don’t expect anything back.
  • Blood is needed everyday.
  • Donating blood saves lives.