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Give this Season’s greatest gift

It’s Festive Season and many of us can’t wait to kick back, relax and take a well-deserved break!  Although this is the time of year many people look forward to, the Blood Service in turn will be entering one of its most difficult periods.

Besides the roads being extremely busy, blood collections tend to decline as fewer people remember to donate blood before going on holiday.  This added to the fact that many of our regular blood collection venues close their doors during the holidays, means that the Service has less access to its donors. 

Updated Zika Information Sheet available

The Zika virus has rapidly spread across South and Central America and Oceania in the last 2 years, recently reaching Singapore and islands off the coast of North West Africa. WP Blood has implemented a self-deferral policy if you or your partner have visited these countries in the last 28 days.

Please find the updated Zika Information Sheet here.

#Feesmustfall protest might affect Western Cape blood stock

Currently the Western Cape has an adequate 3.5 day blood supply, but this supply is unfortunately not the ideal of a five to seven day blood supply.

Bring-A-Buddy to your next donation

The 2011 Census results indicated that there are almost six million people living within the Western Cape.  However, less than 1.5% of the population in the Western Cape are blood donors.

This is a worrying statistic for the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS).  “As the population in the Western Cape is ever increasing and access to medical care is becoming easier, we need more blood donors to fulfill the demand for safe blood and blood products”, says Marlize van der Merwe, WPBTS Corporate Public Relations Officer. 

September Edition of Blood Buzz

The September edition of the WPBTS Blood Buzz is now available here!

International #MissingType Campaign

The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) relies on the altruism of thousands of blood donors to ensure it continually has stocks of the correct blood type to help treat critically ill patients.  In the Western Cape alone the Service has to collect 700 units of blood daily to meet the need of patients.

During the week of 15 to 21 August 2016, WPBTS will be participating with 21 countries in an international awareness campaign to encourage more people to register as blood donors and donate blood.

WPBTS wishes their female donors a happy Women’s Month

You are kind, generous and brave. You give unselfishly of yourself to provide for your loved ones. You are a remarkable woman. Therefore the WP Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) wishes all our female donors a joyful and prosperous Women’s Month.

WPBTS is committed to the health and safety of the recipient, as well as the donor. Therefore various precautions are taken before a donor is able to donate blood. These precautions lead to women having a few extra hurdles to overcome should they wish to donate blood. 

Donate blood during Mandela Month

Mandela Day is celebrated internationally on 18 July in remembrance of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who served as our President from 1994 to 1999.  It was unanimously decided by the UN General Assembly to launch Mandela Day on Nelson Mandela’s birthday of 18 July 2009.  This day is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy – it is a global movement to honour his life’s work and change for the better.

World Blood Donor Day 2016: Blood connects us all

On 14 June 2016, Blood Services from across the globe will celebrate World Blood Donor Day.  Carrying the 2016 theme of “Blood connects us all”, this day will focus on thanking blood donors for the selfless effort they make in donating blood, as well as highlighting the dimensions of “sharing” and “connection” between blood donors and patients. 

#YouthTube2016 challenges young and aspiring filmmakers during Blood Donor Month

Blood Donor Month is celebrated annually in June with various events taking place to raise awareness for the need for safe blood. It is also a time to thank existing voluntary blood donors for their gift of life to thousands of unknown recipients.