We need donors from all communities and ethnic backgrounds to donate blood so we can meet the needs of all patients in England now and in the years to come.
Some patients who receive frequent blood transfusions need blood to be closely matched to their own, and the best match typically comes from blood donors from the same ethnic background.
Thalassaemia and sickle cell disease are blood conditions that most commonly affect people within the Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
Thalassaemia mainly affects people with a South Asian or Mediterranean heritage, and sickle cell disease mainly affects people from the Black community.
It is estimated that 1,000 people in the UK have thalassaemia, and between 13,000-15,000 people in the UK have sickle cell disease.
Patients with these disorders need regular blood transfusions to stay alive. They benefit from donations from blood donors from a similar ethnic background.
Some blood groups such as O Rh positive and B Rh positive are more prevalent among Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
Some rare blood types are only found within the Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
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While people from all communities and backgrounds do give blood, fewer than 5% of our blood donors who gave blood in the last year were from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
This is despite Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities representing around 14% of the population. We want to try and readdress this balance.