Why give blood?
Many people with sickle cell need blood transfusions. These help to reduce and prevent a severe crisis, but to get the best treatment, most patients need blood from a donor of the same ethnicity.
Why do we need more black and ethnic minority donors?
Many sickle cell patients have the Ro blood subtype and currently, there is a gap between the amount of Ro blood we collect and the demand for Ro blood from hospitals.
The Ro subtype is 10 times more common in people of African and Caribbean descent. However, only around 2 per cent of donors have this rare subtype, so meeting the demand can be difficult. That’s why the blood of black donors plays such a vital role in helping to save and improve the lives of those living with sickle cell disease in the UK today.