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South East Asia faces severe shortage of safe blood

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7241.1026 (Published 15 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1026
  1. Rohit Sharma
  1. Bombay

    South East Asia accounts for 25% of the world's population but collects only 9% of the world's blood supply, with the result that it faces a serious shortage of blood. It collects 7 million units a year but needs a total of 15 million units.

    The problem is further compounded by inappropriate use of blood without separation into its components, with 80-85% of blood being used as whole blood, according to Dr Neelam Dhingra-Kumar, medical officer in the blood transfusion safety division …

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