South African National Blood Service

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) is a not-for-profit organisation that serves eight of the 9 provinces (exclusion of the Western Cape) to collect, test, process and distribute blood and other blood products. SANBS also has other related services such as stem cell harvests, therapeutic apheresis, organ transplant support to the eight provinces, serving 46 million people.

Who is SANBS?

  • 46 million People Served in 8 of 9 Provinces
  • 450 000 Active Blood Donors
  • 820 000 Blood Donations Annually
  • 70 000 New Donors Enrolled Annually
  • 4 000 Increase in Active Donors Annually
  • 2 400 Staff Members

Blood products issued annually

  • 2 900 Units Whole Blood Issued
  • 722 567 Units of red cell concentrates issued
  • 110 000 Units Fresh Frozen Plasma
  • 26 600 & 26 900 Apheresis & Pooled Platelets

Who do we serve?

  • 437 Hospitals - 288 public hospitals and 184 private hospitals.
  • 91 868 Hospital Beds - 68 906 and 22 962 public and private hospitals respectively.
  • 84 Blood Banks.
  • 5 Co-operative Blood Banks.

Who gets the blood?

  • 722 567 RCC issued annually
  • 477 074 RCC (66.02%) issued to public hospitals
  • 245 493 (33.98%) issued to private hospitals.

Latest figures show

  • Females 72% & Males 28%
  • Obstetrics & Gynae 34%
  • Surgery & Trauma 31%
  • Internal Medicine 29%
  • Paediatrics 6%

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