University of Maryland Black Alumni Network

UMBA’s primary goal is to increase awareness about the need for blood donations in the treatment of Sickle Cell Disease. A single sickle cell patient can require up to 100 units of blood each year to treat complications from sickle cell disease.
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The University of Maryland Black Alumni Network’s goal is to increase the number of Bblack blood donors by holding nationwide and local blood drives. We are specifically calling on my sisters and brothers of the Divine 9 to help us champion this effort.

About half of the African American community has type O+ blood, which is the most transfused blood type. Sickle cell disease is the most common genetic blood disease in the U.S. and primarily affects Black and African American individuals.

This genetically inherited blood disorder affects approximately 1 out of every 365 Black births.

Studies have shown that blood donated from someone of the same ethnicity as the patient reduces the risk of complications during transfusion. In patients who receive multiple blood transfusions, donor patient compatibility is crucial as transfusion related complications can lead to organ failure and even death.

We are committed to this cause and look forward to a successful partnership with the Red Cross.