Resources on Blood Donations and Sickle Cell Disease
The Sickle Cell Disease Coalition (SCDC) is committed to spreading awareness about the importance of giving blood to ensure there is sufficient supply for individuals living with sickle cell disease (SCD) for whom transfusions are life-saving and prevent complications. Individuals with SCD have various racial and ethnic backgrounds, with the majority being of African descent. Donor blood is more closely matched from someone of the same ethnic group, so in addition to encouraging all blood donations, we are especially focused on highlighting the need for donors of African descent.
This issue is incredibly critical now given the decline in donations amid the pandemic. The following information, resources and sample messaging were collected from vested stakeholder groups to help spread awareness about the importance of donating blood and how to locate a donation site.
- Resources on SCD and Blood Donation
- Find Donation Site
- Blood Donation During Pandemic
- Spread the Word
Resources on SCD and Blood Donation
The following information and resources were collected from vested stakeholder groups to help spread awareness about the importance of giving blood to ensure there is sufficient supply for individuals living with sickle cell disease (SCD).
Find a Local Blood Donation Site
To find a local blood collection site and to schedule an appointment
Blood Donation During Pandemic
Blood collection organizations adhere to the highest standards of safety and infection control. The following page includes links to information regarding Blood Donation Safety and COVID-19.
Spread the Word about the Importance of Blood Donations
The following sample posts can be shared across social media platforms to help recruit donors and educate people about the importance of blood donations to individuals with sickle cell disease.