BLACK HISTORY MONTH
ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE
This year, all throughout the month of February at various locations in and around Montreal
Despite the pandemic and winter, Héma-Québec is encouraging blood donors to stay committed for those who need their generosity in order to recover their health.
The 2021 edition of Black History Month is an opportunity for Héma-Québec to underscore the vital support of blood donors from Black communities. These communities are especially affected by sickle cell anemia, a hereditary blood disease whose treatment can require multiple transfusions at frequent intervals.
One of the treatments for this disease consists of blood exchanges (erythrocytapheresis) to remove the red blood cells of the person affected and replace them with those of healthy donors. This procedure usually takes place every four weeks and requires red blood cells from 10 different donors. On a yearly basis, one person with sickle cell anemia will need blood from 130 different donors on average.
|But the challenge is even more daunting when you know that persons who receive transfusions on a frequent basis are at risk of developing antibodies that result in adverse reactions during transfusion. One solution to reduce these adverse reactions is for the donor and recipient to share a similar genetic makeup.|
Mobilizing donors from Black communities makes a major difference in the quality of life of persons with sickle cell anemia who require transfusions on a frequent basis.
|By appointment only|
Due to the pandemic, this year it is necessary to book an appointment before going to a blood drive by contacting 1-800-343-7264 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. When booking mention the code MMCNO. That way, we can count the number of donors registered during Black History Month.
It’s possible to plan a donation now for the blood drive organized by The Round Table On Black History Month, which will be held throughout the month of February in the following three Héma-Québec GLOBULE donor centres:
- Globule Versailles, 7275 Sherbrooke Street East (Radisson Metro Station), Montréal
- Globule Laval, 1600 le Corbusier Boulevard (Centre Laval, Entrance 4), Laval
- Globule Dix30, 9370 Leduc Boulevard (local 30), Brossard
One thousand blood donations are required every day to ensure an optimal reserve level, even during the pandemic.
Héma-Québec has everything in place to ensure that donating continues to be a safe experience. Many measures at all collection sites, including access control at the sites by taking the temperature of donors and volunteers, additional sanitizing measures, and revised logistical organization of the drives in order to respect the distancing measures.