Give blood and keep the world beating.

As many as 144 million people worldwide need blood each year. Play your part and impact lives.

Play your part

A donor could donate a total of 176 L of blood during their lifetime, enough to impact 1,056 lives.

You too can give blood if you are:

Aged between 18 and 65

Free from disease and otherwise generally healthy

Currently 50 kg or heavier

Get into the habit

How long different blood components can be stored*:


Up to 5 days

Red blood cells

Up to 42 days


Up to 3 years

*Blood and blood component storage limits vary by country.

To save lives,
you can donate multiple times per year

How donated blood is used*

*Blood and blood component storage limits vary by country.

Is used to treat blood loss following childbirth.
Is used in surgery, including cardiac or emergency operations.
Is used for medical conditions such as cancer, anemia or blood disorders.

Ready to replenish

After giving blood, it is advisable to eat foods that are rich in iron and vitamin C.


Iron boosts the body’s hemoglobin production, which assists in carrying oxygen to body tissues.

Meat, eggs, raisins, nuts, fish, other seafood, spinach, lentils

Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron and is especially valuable for vegans and vegetarians.

Citrus fruit, orange juice, strawberry, kiwi, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts

Ask a blood center representative for more information or to schedule an appointment.

More information about World Blood Donor Day here

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