All about blood donation

Different types of blood donation

Most blood donation involves giving whole blood (the red stuff you see when you bleed), which is usually separated into three constituent parts (not really visible to the naked eye) and transfused into recipients as needed. But there are a couple of other types of donation too:

Autologous and designated donation

With autologous and designated donation, you get to choose whose blood you receive should you need a transfusion. Autologous donation means receiving your own blood, while designated donation means choosing a compatible friend or family member.

Platelet donation

During platelet donation, your platelets and plasma are extracted, while the remaining red cells are returned. Your platelets are used to treat patients with leukemia, aplastic anemia and other blood disorders.

Other types of donors

We'd be glad to provide information to tourists, whether you’re visiting South Africa and would like to donate blood while you're here, or are planning a trip elsewhere in Africa and are concerned about blood safety. We also run a special senior citizens’ donor programme for those over the age of 65.