Asian Journal of Transfusion Science

: 2011  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 121--126

Attitude to blood donation in Saudi Arabia

Abdel Galil M Abdel Gader, Abdel Moniem A Osman, Furgah H Al Gahtani, Mohamed N Farghali, Ali H Ramadan, Abdel Kareem M Al-Momen 
 The Blood Donor Centre, King Khalid University Hospital and The Blood Transfusion Research Group, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Abdel Galil M Abdel Gader
The Blood Bank, King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, PO Box-2925, Riyadh-11461
Saudi Arabia

Background and Objectives: The blood donor system in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia depends on a combination of voluntary and involuntary donors. The aim of this study is to explore the attitudes, beliefs and motivations of Saudis toward blood donation. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted at the Donor Centers at King Khalid University Hospital (KKUH) Blood Bank and King Saud University Students Health Center, Riyadh. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to donors (n = 517) and nondonors (n = 316), between February and June 2008. All were males. Results: Ninety-nine percent of the respondents showed positive attitude toward blood donations and its importance for patients care, and object the importation of blood from abroad. Blood donors: Ninety-one percent agree that that blood donation is a religious obligation, 91% think no compensation should be given, 63% will accept a token gift, 34% do not object to donating six times/year and 67% did not mind coming themselves to the donor center to give blood. Nondonors: Forty-six percent were not asked to give blood and those who were asked mentioned fear (5%) and lack of time (16%) as their main deterrents. Reasons for rejection as donors include underweight and age (71%) and health reasons (19%). Seventy-five percent objected to money compensation but 69% will accept token gifts and 92% will donate if a relative/friend needs blood. Conclusion: These results reflect an encouraging strong positive attitude toward blood donation. Further future planning with emphasis on educational/publicity programs and careful organization of donor recruitment campaigns could see the dream of total voluntary nonremunerated blood donations should not take long to be true.

How to cite this article:
Abdel Gader AM, Osman AA, Al Gahtani FH, Farghali MN, Ramadan AH, Al-Momen AM. Attitude to blood donation in Saudi Arabia.Asian J Transfus Sci 2011;5:121-126

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Abdel Gader AM, Osman AA, Al Gahtani FH, Farghali MN, Ramadan AH, Al-Momen AM. Attitude to blood donation in Saudi Arabia. Asian J Transfus Sci [serial online] 2011 [cited 2021 Mar 8 ];5:121-126
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