Decline in blood donors in the last decade

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17th August 2016 11:12 - Health

Decline in blood donors in the last decade: According to the Welsh Blood Service, the volume of people choosing to donate blood in Wales has declined throughout the last 10 years.Decline in blood donors in the last decade

The Welsh Blood Service has revealed that there has been a 34 per cent decrease in donors electing to donate blood and a further 41 per cent fall in new donors coming forward to donate blood for the first time.

Further to this, the Welsh Blood Service’s data revealed that just 14 per cent of donors are aged between 17 and 24, which has prompted the Service to call for younger donors to come forward.

However, the Director of the Welsh Blood Service, Cath O’Brien, claimed that there was not a crisis in blood stock levels. Although, O’Brien said that despite the total use of blood in hospitals declining, young people are still needed to ensure there is enough blood donated for generations in the future.

She also added that new donors are required annually to replace previous donors who can no longer give blood, as well as to make sure that there is the correct mix of blood groups to meet the needs of patients today and in the future.

The call for more blood donors came on the day that the Welsh Blood Service united with other blood services from around the world to promote the Missing Type campaign, which aims to reverse the fall in new donors.

Worldwide, the aggregate decline in donors stands at approximately 27 per cent, as found by a survey of a variety of the countries involved in the Missing Type campaign, such as Canada, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Sweden, Netherlands and Japan.

The decline has been attributed to a common fear of needles, a lack of awareness and a lack of time.

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