Florida blood organization targets more donations from black community
Posted May 17 2010 11:33am
from AABB Smart Briefs
Blood Alliance in Jacksonville, Fla., has initiated a campaign that aims to
increase the number of blood donations from members of the black community in
order to meet the blood requirements of those with rare blood types and blood
disorders, such as sickle cell disease. "In February, our focus was on
African-American churches, and now we hope to challenge businesses with an
African-American staff base," an official of the blood bank said.
This is a welcomed initiative to meet the challenge of providing compatible RBC products to not only sickle cell patients, who frequently develop multiple alloantibodies, but to other black patients who need antigen-negative blood for blood groups other than ABO/Rh. Despite intensive research efforts for a blood substitute, a more practical and immediate approach is to increase donations from non-whites to address the differences observed in blood group antigen expression between different ethnic/racial groups. It will be interesting to see how successful this initiative is or why it is different from other similar initiatives in the past. Will track and follow-up.