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The lack of blood donation amongst ethnic minority populations is something we need to think seriously about.. We are a multicultural society, and with that comes both a diverse gene pool, and increasingly common genetic disorders. These can include well-known disorders like sickle cell anaemia amongst African-Americans and thalassemia amongst Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean populations. One of they key ways to treat such blood disorders comes in the form of repeated blood transfusions.. And with these disorders more common in ethnic minorities, the most compatible blood comes from ethnic minority donors. A mismatch of blood types can have life-threatening complications so blood banks need to be prepared with all blood types – and therein lies the problem.

In the UK, for example, the National Health Service needs about 7,000 voluntary donations of blood per day. Currently, only 4% of the UK population are donors. Of that fraction, less than 3% of them are from ethnic minorities. The result? A deficit in the amount of blood needed by the NHS, and hence a deficit in the number of lives that can be saved.

What can we do about this? Give blood!

If you’d like to give blood in the UK please contact the Imam Hussain Blood Donation team on giveblood@ius.org.uk or for more information visit www.ius.org.uk/giveblood
If you’d like to give blood in Lebanon, please contact whoishussain.lebanon@gmail.com
If you’d like to give blood in Ottawa, please contact whoishussain.ottawa@gmail.com
If you’d like to give blood in Denver, USA, please contact whoishussain.denver@gmail.com
If you’d like to give blood in Sydney, Australia, please contact whoishussain.sydney@gmail.com
If you’d like to give blood in Luknow, India, please contact whoishussain.lucknow@gmail.com

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