Report reveals 'unfair survival odds' for BAME blood cancer patients due to lack of donor diversity
This is an issue which affects sickle cell, too. Many people who live with sickle cell are black, and require repeated blood transfusions. The more transfusions you have, the better matched the blood needs to be, and different ethnic backgrounds don't always match as well. So, please give blood if you can, especially if you're not white. Your blood is needed to help keep people alive. If you have sickle cell trait, you CAN still donate blood.