Why more black blood donors are needed

NHS Blood and Transplant has “dropped some straight knowledge” on why more black donors are required – banishing misconceptions of racism at the same time.

Social media is a handy tool and Give Blood’s Twitter account has broken down why the need for black donors is so important. All wrapped together with gifs and the important facts.

The 14-strong thread starts off with: “So, people keep asking – why do we need more black blood donors? Isn’t everyone’s blood the same? You’re racist!”

Before going on to fill us all in on the universality of blood and the need for different blood groups from different races. For example, black people are more likely to have the rare Ro blood type which is used to manage sickle cell disease. Did you know only one in 50 people have the Ro blood subtype?

Sickle cell disease is a life-threatening condition and it is more common in black people. Treatment of sickle cell can come from blood transfusions meaning a match in blood group is vital for those living with the condition.

Using their platform to educate the masses, the @GiveBloodNHS account has been praised across the board from different races and even the folks behind the MOBO awards.

This is not the first time the account has been praised for their use of Twitter. Combining clever, bitesize facts, a healthy mixture of pop culture and the all-important gif, NHS Blood and Transplant are currently winning the internet.

Giving blood is free and will take no more than an hour of your time. If you are looking to donate, visit Give Blood.

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