Before Blood Donation Prepare Yourself To Donate Bloood Before Donating blood make sure that your body is in healthy conditions plus your donation goes by all the rules and laws of your country.       Minimum Health Conditions Required To Donate Blood :- Your Hemoglobin level should not be low. Your blood pressure should not be low. You Must not be suffering from hepatitis B, hepatitis C, Syphilis, HIV/AIDS and malaria.       Age and Weight Requirements :- Your age and weight should be according to the rules and laws of your country for blood donation.Minimum age in most of the countries is 18 years and minimum weight is 110 lbs./50 kg.A regular donor who is in good health and has been donating blood regularly even after the age of 60 can give blood up to 65, depending on his health. Many scientific experiments have proved that blood donation in old age re-energizes the donor, however, the medical and para-medical staff of Blood Bank are better placed to advise and decide if a donor can give blood or not.       Can You Donate Blood With a Tattoo and/or Piercing :- The Short Answer is Yes. The  National Blood Transfusion Service of Mauritius Eligibility Guidelines for blood donation are as follows :- "Wait 6 months. This requirement is related to concerns about hepatitis. Acceptable, if a doctor is present at the blood camp and he or she is satisfied that the tattoo/piercing was applied by a professional-regulated entity using sterile technique. This is not a sine qua none or deemed to be accepted as a rule as it is at personal judgment of a doctor. Most donors with tattoos/piercing must wait  at least 6 months after tattoo/piercing application before donating blood. You should discuss your particular situation with the health  personnel at the time of donation."       How Much Blood Can you Donate :- For Health measures and safety many blood drives asks for 1 pint (450 ml.) of blood from healthy person.An Adult Body has averag 10-12 pints of blood so it won't make any difference after blood donation.A very small percentage may feel temporary dizziness.    * Do not Donate blood for 24 hours,if you had a minor dental procedure. * Drink A Lot of Water ( 6- 8 Glass) Before Donating Blood. (Follow This If you are donating plasma or platelets) * Do Not Drink caffeinated drinks and other liquors as it will cause your body to repel water. * Eat 3 Hours Before blood donation. * Do not eat fatty foods and fast food 24 hours before donating blood. * Eat Iron Rich Food like bread, Muffins,Cereal,Water Melon, Strawberries, Bananas,Raisins, Dates, Prunes, Figs, Dried Apricots,Dark Leafy Greens and spinach FOR TWO WEEKS before blood donation. * Drink healthy drinks and juice like Prune Juice, Tomato Juice, and Apple Juice.       After Blood Donation * Rest for 5 - 15 Minutes on donation site after donating blood. * Drink lots of water, Juice and light snack * Avoid Works that require lots of physical attention,so that you don't faint. * Don't Drive after blood donation,in case you faint. Wait at least 15 to 30 mins. * Keep a check on your health. * Don't exercise too much. You may go to gym but don’t exert too much force or over trained. (Avoid running bicycling and swimming) for 24 hours after donating blood. * The healthy time period between two consecutive blood donation should be minimum of 90 days (12 weeks). * Avoid consuming alcohol until you have eating something * Don't smoke for next 60 - 120 minutes. (one or two hours) * If fainting or dizziness occurs, either lie down or site with the head between the knees * If there is bleeding from the phlebotomy site, raise the arm and apply pressure * Remove bandage at least  3 hours after donating blood and resume all normal activities if no symptoms occur Home > Who can donate > before blood donation Did you Know ? All About Blood Blood Donation Facts * Every 15 to 30 minutes someone needs blood. * * Shelf life used for platelets is five days. * RBC have a shelf life of 35 days at refrigerated temperatures * Plasma can be stored frozen for year * based on the fact that 125 - 150 pints of blood are needed in Mauritius every day • Blood transfusions save lives. • There's no substitute for human blood. •  Every fifteen minutes someone needs a blood transfusion. * •  About 60 percent of the population are eligible to donate blood, yet less than 2.5 percent do. •  A pint of blood, separated in to components, can help up to three people. •  You'll make your community a safer place. •  Fulfils your desire to "give back" to the community. •  You'll receive a mini physical (blood pressure,  iron level). •  You'll learn your blood type     after donating blood •  It's safe, simple and it saves lives. * calculated on 150 pints  of blood    needed every day Give Safe Blood Regularly Save A Life Types of donation What is blood Donation process Haemoglobin & Iron Health Benefits of giving             blood Tips before blood donation Organize a blood donation Steps for organizing a blood drive Disclaimer Click here About Blood and Blood Donation What is blood Health benefits of donating blood History of blood Transfusion Where can I give blood Quiz on blood FAQ About our Organization About us President Message Executive Committee Members Media Protocol and Contact