Did you know that Sickle Cell Disease and the Sickle Cell Trait are more prevalent in people of African descent? Routine blood transfusions are one type of treatment to relieve symptoms of the sometimes debilitating disease. Blood to support this treatment is best when it is a close match to the patient’s, which is typically found in donors of the same race or similar ethnicity.
sickle cell disease is a common, inherited red blood disorder.
O and B Blood Types are the most in-demand, and 70% of African Americans have O or B type blood. https://www.statista.com/statistics/1203831/blood-type-distribution-us-by-ethnicity/
Finally, there is a link between Blood Banks and Black History! Dr. Charles Drew is dubbed the “Father of the Blood Bank” and is an important scientist of the 20th century. He discovered a method for long-term storage of blood plasma and organized America’s first large-scale blood bank. https://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/spotlight/bg/feature/biographical