GiveBlood NHS Defends Ongoing Demand for Black Blood Donors

For decades in the UK, there has been emphasis on increasing the amount of blood donations. The NHS are especially keen to receive donations from those with rare blood types, or from ethnic minorities.

Earlier in November, GiveBlood NHS took to Twitter to defend their long running campaign specifically for black blood donors. The thread went on to list the various blood types and explain that someone from a black background are more likely to have a rare blood type called Ro. This Ro blood type is essential in transfusions required for treating sickle cell anaemic patients.

The purpose of the Twitter thread was to justify their specific desire for a particular ethnic group, amidst accusations of racism and ignorance.

You can read the full thread here.

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