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Your donation can assist scientists in the effort to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases.

All blood types are needed and welcome to donate.

To donate, you must be between the ages of 18 and 66, in good health and be pre-screened. Information about your personal and medical history will be collected. You will be compensated after your donation.

Donation Programmes

Whole Blood
Whole Blood

Whole blood is comprised of four main components: red blood cells, plasma, white blood cells and platelets. Donating blood lowers iron levels, and it takes about two months for those levels to return to normal.

  • Frequency: Whole blood can be donated every three months.
  • Length of Visit: Expect your visit to last up to an hour.
  • The Process: A phlebotomist cleanses and sterilizes an area of the arm from which the blood is drawn. The collection process takes approximately 25 minutes.

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White Blood Cells
White Blood Cells (Leukapheresis)

White blood cells help defend the body against disease and infection. The process of leukapheresis removes white blood cells and returns other blood components back to the donor.

  • Frequency: Donors may participate every two to four weeks, depending on the volume collected.
  • Length of Visit: Expect your visit to take between one and four hours.
  • The Process: A phlebotomist cleanses and sterilizes an area of the arm from which the blood is drawn. The blood travels through a sterile tube into an apheresis machine that separates the white blood cells from other blood components. The white blood cells are collected, and the remaining components are returned to the donor through the other arm. The time for this process varies.

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Other Biofluids
Other Biofluids

Beyond blood samples, scientists study other bodily fluids to detect and treat diseases. The CTLS staff will instruct you in collection protocol for the following sample types. Additionally, a few tubes of blood must be drawn for viral marker testing.

  • Breast Milk
  • Breath
  • Buccal/Cheek Swab
  • Capillary Blood
  • Faeces
  • Finger Stick/Prick
  • Hair
  • Mucous
  • Nails
  • Nasal Swab
  • Nasal Wash
  • Oral (Mouth) Rinse
  • Saliva
  • Sebum
  • Semen
  • Sputum
  • Sweat
  • Tears
  • Throat Swab
  • Tongue Scraping
  • Urine
  • Vomit

What to Know Before Donating

Basic Eligibility Requirements

In order to donate, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be in good health and feeling well
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 66
  • Weigh at least 50 kg
  • Are not pregnant and have not been pregnant in the past six weeks
  • Possess a valid government-issued photo ID (Driving Licence, Passport, ID Card etc.)
  • You cannot eat four hours prior to blood donation
  • You need to be medication free for seven days, and alcohol and smoking free for 12 hours
  • You can donate up to 500 ml of blood every two months (56 days)

Please note that this is not a complete list; other eligibility factors will apply.

Determination of Eligibility

To determine if you are eligible to donate, we will:

  • Ask about your health
  • Ask about medicines you are taking or have taken
  • Ask about your risk for infections that can be transmitted by blood, including AIDS and viral hepatitis
  • Take your blood pressure, temperature and pulse
  • Take a blood sample to be sure your blood count is acceptable

All information you provide is kept confidential.

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Need More Information?

Contact Our Donor Coordinator