Blood Res  
The increasing trend of blood donation in Iran
Moslem Taheri Soodejani,1 Ali Akbar Haghdoost,1 Abbas Sedaghat,2 Mohammad Reza Baneshi,3 Farzaneh Zolala4
1HIV/STI Surveillance Research Center, and WHO Collaborating Center for HIV Surveillance, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, 2Blood Transfusion Research Center, High Institute for Research and Education in Transfusion Medicine, Tehran, 3Modeling in Health Research Center, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
Correspondence to: Farzaneh Zolala, Ph.D.
Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman 7616913555, Iran
E-mail: zolalafarzaneh@gmail.com
Published online: November 18, 2019.
© The Korean Journal of Hematology. All rights reserved.

Abstract
Background: This is the first study on the blood donation trend in Iran at a national level. We report different characteristics of blood donation such as demographic status, donor type, donation trend, and geographical distribution of blood donation in Iran between 2003 and 2017.
Methods: This study used data registered in the donor vigilance part of the Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization. Statistical analysis was conducted using SPSS (SPSS, Inc., Chicago, IL, USA) and ArcMap GIS version 10.2 software. A P-value <0.05 was considered statistically significant.
Results: Based on the study results, blood donation in Iran reached >2 million units in 2017; moreover, it is predicted that Iran will achieve >29 donations per 1,000 population in 2022. The proportion of regular and repeated donors increased from 77% in 2013 to 87% in 2017. The average blood donation rate in seven provinces was higher than the national average, and the average growth rate of their blood donation per population was positive.
Conclusion: The results of the current study showed that there is a recent increasing trend toward blood donation in Iran. Furthermore, the largest share of donations is related to regular donors. The increasing proportion of regular and repeated donors has led to the improvement in the quality and consequently health level of donated blood.
Keywords: Blood donors, Blood groups, Trends, Iran


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