Blood Donation
Explained

Benefits
What are the benefits of giving blood?

There's no end to the benefits of donating blood for those who need it. Every donation can save as many as three lives, and someone in Lebanon needs blood every single day. It turns out that donating blood doesn't just benefit recipients. There are health benefits for donors, too, on top of the benefits that come from helping others. Read on to learn the health benefits of donating blood and the reasons behind them.

Free Medical Checkup
Prior to blood donation, every blood donor undergoes a medical checkup to confirm eligibility. Vital signs are checked such as hemoglobin levels, temperature, and blood pressure.
Maintains Heart Health
Because high body iron stores have been suggested as a risk factor for acute myocardial infarction, donation of blood could theoretically reduce the risk by lowering body iron stores.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Regular blood donation may help in the management of hypertension according to studies conducted on several blood donors.
Emotional Wellbeing
Although most people are eligible for blood donations, it is not. Getting out of your usual environment to do something good for someone else is stimulating in the best kind of way. Donating blood, like volunteer work, can give a better sense of belonging and a sense of achievement towards the cause of saving lives.
Increases Antioxidants
According to several studies conducted, some findings suggested that donating blood removed oxidants and decreased oxidative stress by elevating antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase in blood donors.
Reduces Liver Risk
Some diets may increase the iron levels in the body, and since only limited proportions can be absorbed, excess iron gets stored in the heart, liver, and pancreas. This, in turn, increases the risk of cirrhosis and liver failure. Blood donation helps in maintaining the iron levels and reduces the risk of various health ailments.
And you save
Lives
With every donation
Each unit of blood is separated into three components: Blood, Platelets, and Plasma, that go to 3 different patients.
Can I Donate?
Who can donate?

There are broad criteria for blood donation, and the conditions are many, but they are all unified in an official document from the Ministry of Public Health. However in Lebanon, these conditions vary from one hospital to another, and you can get in touch with us at any time for any clarifications.


Even though most people are eligible for blood donation, it is not the case for everyone.

There are many reasons why you may not be able to donate, but these reasons fall into two main categories: Risks to your health and/or risks to the health of the patient.


If you are not eligible to donate, it’s okay! You can always spread the message and encourage someone else to donate!

Smoking
Smoking does not affect blood donation. You can still donate.
Antibiotics
Waiting period 14 days after completion of treatment.
Age
You can donate if you are between 18 and 60 years old.
Temperature
To donate, your body temperature should not exceed 36-37°C.
Health
Conditions
You cannot donate if you have ongoing liver, lung or heart conditions.
Diabetes
Cannot donate if taking insulin injections.
Cholesterol
Can donate if regulated depending on hospital.
Travel
To Africa
You cannot donate if you traveled to an endemic country for malaria.
Surgery
12 months waiting period after surgery.
Hemoglobin
Hemoglobin level should be above 13 for women, and above 13.5 for men.
Both men AND women can donate!
Blood
Pressure
Can donate if regulated, no signs of hypertension.
Pregnancy
Cannot donate if pregnant or breastfeeding (12 months waiting period postpartum).
Vaccines
Waiting period between 1 and 3 months depending on the vaccine.
Allergies
You can donate if you are feeling well. 14 days waiting period if the symptoms are severe.
Dental
Work
Can donate if no surgery and/or anesthesia was applied.
Weight
Women above 50 kg can donate. Men above 60 kg can donate.
Tattoos
& Piercings
12 months waiting period.
Viruses
It depends on each virus. Waiting period for Covid-19 is 1-3 months.
Age
You can donate if you are between 18 and 60 years old.
Temperature
To donate, your body temperature should not exceed 36-37°C.
Health
Conditions
You cannot donate if you have ongoing liver, lung or heart conditions.
Hemoglobin
Hemoglobin level should be above 13 for women, and above 13.5 for men.
Both men AND women can donate!
Blood
Pressure
Can donate if regulated, no signs of hypertension.
Dental
Work
Can donate if no surgery and/or anesthesia was applied.
Weight
Women above 50 kg can donate. Men above 60 kg can donate.
Tattoos
& Piercings
12 months waiting period.
Smoking
Smoking does not affect blood donation. You can still donate.
Antibiotics
Waiting period 14 days after completion of treatment.
Diabetes
Cannot donate if taking insulin injections.
Travel
To Africa
You cannot donate if you traveled to an endemic country for malaria.
Surgery
12 months waiting period after surgery.
Pregnancy
Cannot donate if pregnant or breastfeeding (12 months waiting period postpartum).
Cholesterol
Can donate if regulated depending on hospital.
Allergies
You can donate if you are feeling well. 14 days waiting period if the symptoms are severe.
Viruses
It depends on each virus. Waiting period for Covid-19 is 1-3 months.
Vaccines
Waiting period between 1 and 3 months depending on the vaccine.
Criteria for Blood Donor Selection
According to the Ministry of Public Health

Download the official document from the ministry of public health to discover more about donor eligibility.

Preparing Yourself
Before Donating Blood
Get a good night's sleep
Eat healthy, drink lots of fluids, and stay hydrated!
Don't forget your ID card
Avoid fatty and heavy meals
Avoid alcohol the night before, happy hour can wait!
If you're a regular smoker, take a break for a couple of hours
A Hero In The Making

Now that you have reached the blood bank, you will go through registration with a questionnaire to fill out for donor eligibility. In a private and confidential interview, you will be asked about your medical history and the places you have traveled to.

The blood bank technician will take your pulse, temperature, blood pressure, and test your hemoglobin level.

If you are eligible to donate, you will be directed to the donation station where the blood collection (1 blood unit, 450ml) takes about then minutes. A single-use, sterile bag and needle are used, therefore, there is no danger of contracting a disease while donating blood. A blood sample if collected with every donation to run a series of tests before the transfusion.

If you are feeling anxious about your donation, don’t worry! Just sit back and relax, listen to your favorite tune or read your favorite book!

Watch this video while giving blood!

Now that you
Saved
A Life...
After Blood Donation

The amount of blood collected is small compared to the total blood volume of an average-sized person.

After donation, your body has an amazing capacity to replace all the cells and fluid that have been lost and you can donate again after 56 days.

Apply pressure on the area for 5 minutes
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Rest for 15 minutes, think about the beautiful thing you just did!
Avoid heavy activity, even super heroes need to recharge!
Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking for a couple of hours
Now that you're done, spread the message to encourage more people to become heroes!
Blood FAQ
*According to the Ministry of Public Health
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