34th South African National Blood Transfusion Congress:

The recently held 34th South African National Blood Transfusion Congress was a huge success and has been applauded as the best Congress to date.

2017 Customer Satisfaction Survey:

We would like to encourage blood users to please complete our 2017 customer satisfaction survey that is available in Life Blood Issue 28 via the latest news link. We would like to encourage blood users to please complete our 2017 customer satisfaction survey that is available in Life Blood Issue 28 via the latest news link. 

When would you prefer to receive reminders about upcoming clinics?

On the day of the clinic.
5% (11 votes)
One day before the clinic.
41% (87 votes)
Three days before the clinic.
52% (110 votes)
I don't want to receive reminders.
2% (4 votes)
Total votes: 212

How often does low iron prevent you from donating blood?

Never.
47% (83 votes)
Once a year or less.
18% (32 votes)
Two or three times a year.
20% (36 votes)
Four times a year or more.
8% (14 votes)
Permanently.
7% (12 votes)
Total votes: 177

What motivates you to donate blood regularly?

Doing something good for someone else.
84% (285 votes)
The milestone/commitment campaign gifts.
6% (22 votes)
When there is a blood shortage.
4% (13 votes)
Other.
6% (19 votes)
Total votes: 339

Who have you ever convinced to donate blood?

A close friend.
13% (25 votes)
A colleague.
13% (26 votes)
My partner.
8% (15 votes)
A family member.
16% (31 votes)
A classmate.
5% (10 votes)
A stranger.
1% (2 votes)
I've convinced multiple people.
28% (54 votes)
No-one.
16% (31 votes)
Total votes: 194

What do you think is the biggest reason why people don't try to donate blood?

They don't have the time.
9% (8 votes)
They don't think they qualify.
9% (8 votes)
They don't have access to blood donation clinics.
10% (9 votes)
They have a medical condition that won't allow them to donate.
3% (3 votes)
They are afraid of how their blood will be used.
3% (3 votes)
They have a fear of needles.
59% (51 votes)
They are afraid they'll get a disease.
6% (5 votes)
Total votes: 87

What is your favourite post-donation treat?

Fruitcake
15% (25 votes)
Ginger biscuit
6% (10 votes)
Coconut biscuit
3% (5 votes)
Chocolate crunchy
32% (55 votes)
Milk chocolate dipped shortbread
16% (27 votes)
Yoghurt dipped oat crunchy
18% (31 votes)
Yoghurt streaked and coated cocoa crunchy
5% (9 votes)
Cranberry biscuit
6% (10 votes)
Total votes: 172

How old were you when you first donated blood?

16-19 years old
56% (82 votes)
20-29 years old
33% (48 votes)
30-39 years old
5% (7 votes)
40-49 years old
2% (3 votes)
50-65 years old
1% (1 vote)
Haven't donated blood before
4% (6 votes)
Total votes: 147