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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-38

Road blocks in achieving a 100% voluntary blood donation rate in the South Asian region


Specialist in Transfusion Medicine, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Molecular Medicine and Pathology, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, NewZealand

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Graeme Woodfield
Specialist in Transfusion Medicine, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Molecular Medicine and Pathology, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland
NewZealand
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-6247.28070

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Voluntary blood donation rates are not high in the South Asian region, except in a few countries. The reasons for this are outlined and the roadblocks for improvement of the situation noted. The need for increased planning, both regionally and nationally, is emphasized and some factors that inhibit voluntary blood donation are mentioned. There is a real need to move from a system of reliance on 'replacement' donors to a fully nonremunerated voluntary blood donation system, and the examples and lessons from successful countries should be carefully studied.


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