About 92 million blood donations are collected worldwide each year. Almost half of these are collected in high-income countries, home to 15 per cent of the world’s population. Although the number of countries collecting all their blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors increased by more than 50 per cent between 2002 and 2008, equitable access to safe blood still does not exist for many of those who need it. There are chronic shortages of safe blood and blood products in many countries, so blood transfusion is not available for many of the world’s most vulnerable populations.
A system of regular and voluntary non-remunerated blood donation (VNRBD) is critical for high-quality blood service delivery. Promoting equity, access, quality and safety of blood and blood components is indispensable to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Publication date: 14/06/2012
Document status: Final