MONTREAL, Jan. 31, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - One human blood donation can save
the life of another human being, regardless of his or her skin colour
or ethnicity. But for some patients who require multiple blood transfusions, the
chances of finding compatible blood are much greater in donors of the
same race. This reality means that Québec's collective blood supply
requires more donors from all communities, including the Black
This is why, once again this year, Héma-Québec is adding its voice to
Black History Month to promote the cause of blood donation within these
communities, which are particularly affected by sickle-cell anemia, a
hereditary blood disease whose treatment can require several blood
transfusion at regular intervals.
Since 2009, the organization has been making efforts to recruit more
donors from the Black communities. Close to 1,200 new donors have
answered the call so far. The 21st edition of Black History Month is a
good occasion to remind everyone that despite these encouraging
results, there is still work to be done to ensure that the supply
better reflects the cultural mosaic of Québec.
"Héma-Québec's mission is to provide blood products to hospitals and,
ultimately, meet the specific needs of patients of all
origins. Héma-Québec can only achieve its goals with the involvement of
all communities, including the Black communities," said Dr. Jean De
Serres, President and CEO of Héma-Québec.
Call for solidarity
As part of the activities surrounding the event, a blood drive organized
by the Table ronde du Mois de l'histoire des Noirs (Black History Month
round table) will be held on February 18. Some 40 donors are expected
between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Centre d'éducation des adultes,
located at 2515 Delisle Street in Montréal. For a brother, a cousin, a
neighbour, donors of all backgrounds are invited to show their
solidarity by giving blood. For all questions regarding eligibility,
Héma-Québec's mission is to efficiently provide adequate quantities of
safe, optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord
blood to meet the needs of all Quebecers; to provide and develop
expertise along with specialized and innovative services and products
in the fields of transfusion medicine and human tissue transplantation.
Héma-Québec encompasses 1,300 employees, some 3,000 blood drives and
more than 160,000 blood donors every year, 16,000 volunteers and more
than 500,000 blood products delivered annually to Québec hospitals to
meet the needs of patients.
Give blood. Give life.
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