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National blood donor week: Reopening and summer days lead to a slowdown in appointments to donate blood

Montréal, June 14, 2021 — Relaxed health restrictions and warm summer temperatures are leading to fewer appointments to donate blood and plasma. But the need for blood products never slows down. Héma-Québec is launching an appeal to healthy individuals who want to donate blood or plasma to act now and throughout the summer.


Auditor General’s Recommendations–Héma-Québec commits to optimizing its management

Montréal, June 2, 2021–Héma-Québec has taken stock of the report of the Auditor General of Québec, made public today, and fully welcomes the recommendations made. In the next few years, Héma-Québec will work diligently on behalf of Quebecers to maintain the excellence and growth of its essential services.


New Seroprevalence Study of Blood Donors–By the end of the second wave of the pandemic 15% of the adult population in Québec had developed antibodies to COVID-19

Montréal, May 27, 2021 — A second seroprevalence study of blood donors, conducted by Héma-Québec in collaboration with the Institut national de santé publique (INSPQ) and in partnership with the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF), estimates that 15% of the adult population in Québec had developed antibodies to the COVID-19 virus by the end of the second wave of the pandemic in March.


National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week–Talk to Your Loved Ones!

Montréal, April 19, 2021–National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week is April 18 to 25, and Héma-Québec is taking the opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of indicating your consent to be a donor by signing your health insurance card or joining one of the official registries and, especially, letting your loved ones know your wishes.


A campaign that underscores the importance of blood donation in the treatment of sickle cell anemia

Montréal, January 28, 2021 Héma-Québec is launching a campaign to promote the importance of blood donation in the treatment of sickle cell anemia, an inherited blood disorder that is especially prevalent in the Black population.


Blood Donor Seroprevalence Study: 2.23% of Quebec Adults Contracted COVID-19

Montreal, August 5, 2020—A blood donor seroprevalence study, conducted by Héma-Québec in collaboration with the Institut national de santé publique (INSPQ), reveals that 2.23% of blood donors were infected with the COVID-19 virus.


Health Canada: Montreal facility and GLOBULE Blood Donor Center in Brossard inspections

Montreal, June 12, 2020–From September 17 to 27, 2019, Health Canada conducted its annual inspection of the Montreal facility as well as the GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre in Brossard–Quartier DIX30, following which their establishment licences were renewed.


100 more blood donations are needed each day: Héma-Québec is asking blood donors to book appointments in large numbers in June

Montréal, June 2, 2020—Héma-Québec is launching an appeal to blood donors to schedule an appointment to give blood in June to restore the reserve to its optimal level in preparation for the summer season. As activities gradually resume in Québec and the demand for blood products in the province’s hospitals increases, 100 more blood donations will be needed each day, over and above the 1,000 donations normally required.


Fighting COVID-19: Quebec scientific institutions join forces to develop an extraordinary program of passive plasma immunization

Montreal, April 9, 2020 – Is it possible that the blood of those who have recovered from COVID-19 can help cure those who are now sick? The extraordinary situation we are currently living through demands extraordinary solutions. Faced with the threat posed by COVID-19, Quebec researchers are contributing their expertise to national and international efforts in seeking a cure for the disease. This major project is bringing together scientists from CHU Sainte-Justine (CHUSJ), the Université de Montréal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM), the Jewish General Hospital, Héma-Québec and a number of other Quebec hospitals.