Blood safety and availability


According to a recent WHO report, in developing countries 65% of blood units are transfused to children under 5 years old, whereas in developed countries the majority of blood supply is distributed to patients over 65 years of age.

In high-income countries, transfusion is most commonly used for supportive care in cardiovascular surgery, transplant surgery, massive trauma, and therapy for solid and haematological malignancies. In low- and middle-income countries it is used more often to manage pregnancy-related complications and severe childhood anaemia.

The age profile of blood donors shows that, proportionally, more young people donate blood in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries. Demographic information of blood donors is important for formulating and monitoring recruitment strategies.

Read the report here.