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World Blood Donor Day

June 14 is World Blood Donor Day, which serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood. The Georgia Health Policy Center encourages all who are able to donate blood, especially African-Americans. African-Americans and other black descendants have historically donated blood at lower rates. Patients with certain conditions, like thalassemia and sickle cell disease, which disproportionately affects African-Americans, may need regular blood donations to prevent complications. Good blood matches are more likely if the donor and the recipient share the same racial and/or ethnic background. For more information about African-American blood donation click here.