Blood donation and cultural communities

Did you know?

Did you know?

The treatment of certain hereditary blood disorders requires that the donor and recipient share a similar genetic makeup.

This is the case, for example, with any disease requiring recurrent transfusions, such as sickle-cell anemia .

Sickle-cell anemia

Sickle-cell anemia

Ludovic has sickle-cell anemia. He requires a transfusion every month.


If red blood cell compatibility is less than optimal, the recipient may develop antibodies against the transfused blood and reject it.

In Québec

  • The probability that someone will receive at least one transfusion in their lifetime is 60%.
  • Only 4.7% of blood donors are from a cultural community.

Quebecers of all ethnic backgrounds can help correct this imbalance by:

  • telling people about the importance of giving blood;
  • giving blood regularly;
  • organizing blood drives in their community.