Educate. Donate. Motivate. Those are the goals of MySleevesUp.com, a new website launched by the Georgia REdHHoTT project, with support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). MySleevesUp.com provides materials to share as we educate and motivate to increase minority blood donation and, ultimately, improve the lives of individuals with sickle cell disease.
The website aims to educate about the importance of diversifying the blood supply and to motivate people across the nation to increase minority blood donation. The site is full of materials that can be freely used and shared.
Who will be interested?
- Minority blood donors (both those who already donate and those who are thinking about donating for the first time)
- sickle cell disease patients, family members, providers, and advocates
- community-based organizations, like African-American churches, barbershops, fraternities, and sororities.
The content on this website has been carefully reviewed by a team of researchers with the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University, the sickle cell community, and other subject matter experts.
- The need for blood generally and specifically among patients with sickle cell disease
- Why blood is needed from diverse donors
- How to give blood and organize a blood drive
Be a lifesaver – roll up your sleeve and donate!
The Georgia Health Policy Center is spearheading efforts to characterize and reduce complications associated with therapeutic blood transfusions in people with sickle cell disease and thalassemia, as part of the REdHHoTT project – the Registry and Education for Hemovigilance in Hemoglobinopathy Transfusion Therapy in Georgia. One strategy to reduce transfusion-related complications is to increase minority blood donation to expand the availability of matched blood for transfusions for patients with sickle cell disease.