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Blood Donation Rates Below Demand

June 11, 2010

The World Health Organization says people make 93 million blood donations around the globe each year, but the rate of donation in poor countries is far too low.

WHO says that one percent of a country’s population has to give blood in order to collect enough for the basic needs of blood transfusions.  The agency says that the donation rate is below 1 percent in 77 countries.

It says that half the global blood donations are collected in developed countries, which consists only 16 percent of the world’s population.

The agency says only 47 percent of blood donations in developing countries are properly screened for infections.

WHO published figures on Friday before World Blood Donor Day, which is June 14th.

It says the data is from 2007 and 2008, the most recent years available.

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