Blood donations within Black and Asian communities reach crisis levels | London

If you’re black or from an ethnic minority background, the chances of having blood donated to you if you’re seriously ill are lower than for those of a white background.

Donations of blood and stem cells within Black and Asian communities has reached crisis levels, according to a new Government review.

In the UK, only 69 percent of patients can find the best possible blood match from a stranger, but this drops dramatically to just twenty percent if you’re a patient from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background.

Demand is growing so rapidly, it is estimated that in the next year alone, 27,000 extra blood donors are needed from these backgrounds to meet patients needs.

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