Quick Facts On Blood & Blood Donation

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  1. The shelf life of blood is 35 days.
  2. Anyone between the ages of 16 and 65 years, in good health and weighing over 50 kg is fit to donate blood. 
  3. Males can safely donate blood every 3 months, and females every 4 months.
  4. 60% of the blood collected in Kenya is from high school children.
  5. 30% of blood is collected from 20-64 year olds.
  6. 47 million is the total population of Kenya.
  7. 1% of the population is the World Health Organization recommended percentage of the country's blood collection.
  8. 470,000 – constitutes 1% of Kenya’s population.
  9. 250,000 -is the current units of blood collected annually in Kenya.
  10. Sterile procedures are used to ensure no risk of infection to the donor.
  11. Donated blood is screened for HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Syphilis.
  12. Donated blood can also be used for research purposes..
  13. There are Four main blood groups. 
  14. A single unit of blood can be separated into several components: red blood cells, plasma and platelets.
  15. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body's organs and tissues.
  16. Red blood cells live for about 120 days in the circulatory system.
  17. Platelets promote blood clotting.
  18. Plasma, which is 90% water, makes up 55% of blood volume.
  19. Healthy bone marrow produces a constant supply of blood.
  20. An average adult has about 5 litres of blood circulating in their body.
  21. Blood makes up about 7% of your body's weight.
  22. Newborn babies have about 80-90 ml/kg of blood in their body.

 N/B Giving blood will not decrease your strength.
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