Blood donation is a simple way to help save lives. An average of 150 to 175 units of blood are needed everyday day, and on some occasions, a single patient has been transfused more than 40 units of blood. An accident victim may even need more.
“Yes” to our community, because the only source of blood is a human donor. And, like it or not, that’s means it’s up to each one of us. Giving blood makes it possible for many people to lead normal healthy lives. Every year thousands of patients require blood transfusions, because they are undergoing surgery, recovering from cancer or have been in a serious accident. Blood plays a vital role and it is irreplaceable.
Patients rarely receive whole blood donations. More often, blood is broken down into components:
- Red cells are used for accident victims and surgery patients.
- Platelets are used for treatment of cancer, leukemia, and aplastic anemia, as well as open heart surgery and other treatments.
- Plasma is used for shock and burn victims.
- Cryoprecipitated, AHF, (cryo) is used for patients with bleeding diseases, such as hemophilia.
There is a good chance that you or someone you love might need someone else’s blood to stay alive. One out of every three people will need a blood transfusion in their lifetime.
In order to meet the needs of sick and injured people in the communities we serve, NBTS -Candos needs ample supplies of many different blood types at all times. We need at least a buffer stock for 7 days. It has been very critical moment during the New Year and during the Cyclone Berguitta and bad weather whereby our blood drives were cancelled. However, patients needs blood everyday and many are dependent on your donations to have their lives saved.
A few years ago, the haunting memory of the accident at Pailles whereby many people were wounded and a few sadly had lost their lives. Many people were saved and fortunately, we just passed the sporadic but acute blood shortage a week earlier.
Reasons to donate blood
Reason # 1. On Average every 15 minutes a person is being transfused in Mauritius (based on the requirement of 150 to 175 pints daily). If 60% of our population can donate blood, yet, only 1.8% donate blood. If 5% would have donated blood, there would have not been blood shortage in Mauritius and this means there would have no stress from patients, accident victims, Thalassemia patients, Cancer and other medical related issues whereby blood is needed.
We encourage you or your organization to host a blood drive. You could even do it at the level of your socio-cultural organization.
# 2. Up to three persons could be saved from one pint of blood as there are blood derivatives or blood components that are derived or prepared from a unit of blood: Platelets, Plasma, Red Blood Cells. Cryoprecipitate is also produced but we import that as it is an expensive and is very complex. This is given for example to hemophilia patients. A typical unit of blood lasts for just 35 days, but in some cases such as blood used for very young children; this blood must be used within 5 days of it’s collection.
# 3. Donating blood is very easy. Read more >>
# 4. A few reasons we are given by people who don’t donate blood are:
“Mo pas enan le temps – I don’t have time” “I am afraid of needles – mo per zeguilles”. Blood donation is an opportunity to volunteer, rather than be drafted. Wouldn’t it feel good to put out your arm for a cause and walk away knowing you’ve contributed to the good health of someone other than yourself? Please click here
# 5. Cancer patients have increased and they need blood for their survival.Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily during their chemotherapy treatment. We have an ageing population, it is important for the youths and younger generation to come forward and do their community service by saving lives.
Join all the other blood donors to donate blood because you never know when you may need it or one of your loved ones. Just do it !