Who can donate blood in the UAE?

Here is a list of ideal donors and those who may be deferred temporarily or permanently from donating blood

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A donor at the Dubai Blood Donation Centre at Al Wasl Hospital. Donors are given certificates and trophies. "A humanbody has about five to six litres of blood and donating a pint won’t affect you at all," Dr Al Shair said.
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Whether you are donating blood for thalassaemia patients or as a voluntary gesture to help replenish blood banks throughout the country, you need to check if you are eligible to donate. Here is a list of ideal donors and those who may be deferred temporarily or permanently from donating blood. 

Those who can donate blood in the UAE should:

  • Be residents of the UAE
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 60
  • Have a minimum weight of 45kg
  • Not have donated blood in the last 90 days
  • Not be suffering from any infectious diseases, influenza or taking antibiotics 

Those who can never donate their blood are:

  • Hepatitis B and C patients
  • HIV positive patients
  • Diabetics who are insulin or pill dependent. However, those who can control sugar levels through diet and exercise can donate
  • Alcoholics and drug addicts
  • Those who are temporarily prevented from donating blood:
  •  Have had dental work done in the last five weeks
  • Are taking antibiotics
  • Have smoked or consumed alcohol in the last 72 hours
  • Have had tattoos or ear piercing done in the present year
  • Pregnant women
  • Anaemic patients who can replenish their haemoglobin and come back for donation