The blood supply chain begins with the blood donor and blood services strive for 100% voluntary non-remunerated blood donation (VNRBD). For a robust blood supply, selection, assessment and retention of donors is important. The study of demographics and psychology of blood donation is carried out by many blood services and Academic institutes so that they can better understand trends in blood donation to ensure an adequate supply. The health of the donor is important both pre- and post-donation, therefore, health and personal questionnaires are key. Because some donors donate very regularly they may become susceptible to iron depletion and anaemia, and should therefore be monitored regularly. To raise awareness of the importance of safe blood and to thank all blood donors, annually, on June 14, World Blood Donor Day is celebrated globally.
Donors and Donation
We monitor trends and emerging new practices on donor selection criteria, complications of blood donation, Haemoglobin deferrals, iron levels, donor incentives and provide an information platform. We promote and strive for 100% voluntary non-remunerated blood donation according to the ISBT Code of Ethics. We are involved in donor recruitment, retention and selection. We facilitate networking, benchmarking and the exchange of ideas between countries, blood services and other relevant societies or associations world-wide. We also facilitate training in resource-limited countries.
Task teams have been formed within this WP including:
- Donor incentives and voluntary nun-remunerated donations
- Donor selection
- Iron depletion and donor vigilance
Our Chairpersons are Peter van den Burg and Lee Cheuk Kwong.
We meet at the ISBT congresses and collaborate with the other ISBT working parties e.g. Apheresis, Transfusion Transmissible Infectious Diseases (TTID), and the Haemo- (donor) vigilance Working Party.
We participate in the Donor Health Care educational program, http://www.donorhealthcare.org/
ISBT members who have an interest in D&D can apply to join the WP.