Who can donate blood
Who can donate blood
 
All healthy Mauritians between the age of 18-60 years are eligible to donate blood. Parental consent is required for someone wishing to donate below the age of 18 but donations are not accepted from children below the age of 16 even with parental consent. For those who are above 60, and wishing to donate blood can do so with the consent of the medical doctor responsible for blood collection.
 
All donors must weigh at least 50kg and must pass physical and health history examination prior to blood donation.     
 
Where can you donate blood?
You can donate blood at hospital blood banks. Blood Bank Mobile unit also go on mobile blood drives to schools, churches/socio-cultural organizations, factories, offices , community and youth centers and clubs to collect blood from voluntary donors. If you can motivate enough people, you could organise a mobile blood drive in your locality, or place of work and we could come to you for blood collection.     
 
Blood Donation Process 
To determine your eligibility to donate blood, Blood Bank will:
 
- ask you to fill a donor history questionnaire. You may seek help from Blood Transfusion Service staff in   case you have any difficulty.
 
- ask you questions to see if you might be at risk of hepatitis or HIV. (This is very IMPORTANT for patient     safety)
 
- Check your weight, blood pressure, temperature and pulse
 
- Perform a small finger prick to check your hemoglobin to ensuire that you are not anaemic
 
If you are able to donate, Blood Transfusion Service will:
 
- clean your arm with an antiseptic (Inform Blood Bank Staff if you are allergic to iodine and adhesives)
 
After your donation you will be advised:
 
- to take a short rest and provided with some refreshments prior to leaving donation area
 
- to drink plenty of water
 
- abstain from smoking for at least two hours
 
-  Do not do any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for the rest of the day.
 
-  If the needle site starts to bleed, apply pressure to it and raise your arm straight up for about 5-10 minutes or until bleeding stops.
 
-  If you experience dizziness or lightheadedness after donation, stop what you are doing and sit down or lie down until you feel better. Avoid performing any activity where fainting may lead to injury for at least 24 hours.
 
-  Call us at 427 7192/424 4766/ 424 0650 to report any additional health information that you forgot to tell us, if you have any problems or if you needed medical care after giving blood.
 
 
Donor eligibility - specific information
 
Before you donate, a health professional or Blood Transfusion Staff will ask about your current and past health to make sure that you can donate. Some of these questions are very personal, like  questions about your behaviour and lifestyles such as sexual contacts, sexual behaviour and intravenous drug use. This is because one is more prone to get infected by HIV and hapatitis viruses through these behaviours and lifestyles. You will be asked these questions every time you give blood, because the list of who can give blood may change, or your health may change.
 
You MUST NOT  donate blood if you:
 
1. Had a positive test for HIV/AIDS virus
 
2. Injected drugs not prescribed by a doctor
 
3. Are a male and had oral or anal sexual contact with another male
 
4. Have ever taken money, drugs or other payment for sex
 
5. Had a sexual intercourse with anyone who takes money, drugs or other payment for sex
 
6. Have had syphillis or gonorrhoea
 
Remember that early during an HIV infection, you feel well and a test for HIV may show negative result. This is beacuse, laboratory tests cannot detect infection for a certain period of time after exposure to HIV.
 
PLEASE DO NOT DONATE BLOOD TO GET AN HIV TEST DONE.
 
IF YOU THINK THAT YOU MAY BE AT RISK FOR HIV/AIDS, DO NOT DONATE BLOOD.