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#240829 - 06/18/07 10:42 AM FYI to those in the US who donate blood
ghbyram Offline
Just an FYI ...

My neighborhood was hosting a blood drive recently to benefit a neighbor who has cancer. I was surprised to be turned away due to my recent travel to Ambergris Caye. Apparently they will let you donate if you stay inside Belize City, but spending anytime anywhere in Belize outside Belize City was considered to be a Malaria risk and the waiting period for donation eligibility is 12 months.


#240833 - 06/18/07 11:34 AM Re: FYI to those in the US who donate blood [Re: ghbyram]
DANZA Offline
Yes that's a fact. But for some reason our health care provider
says no shots, vaccines, or pills if visiting AC. Only if you're going to stay on the mainland. Go figure.

#240940 - 06/19/07 01:47 PM Re: FYI to those in the US who donate blood [Re: DANZA]
Amanda Syme Offline
You can give blood here in Belize though. Only 10% of the blood in the blood bank is "donated" the other 90% is "replacement" blood given by family members & friends of patients.

You must be at least 110 lbs in weight and you should give blood after you have eaten. There is a 23 line questionairre. The donated blood is screened for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, malaria, syphillis and chagas (a parasitic disease.)

Did you know blood is only stored for 35 days and then it must be destroyed?

The Belize National Transfusion Service (blood bank) is located on Princess Margaret Drive in Belize City.

I don't know if you can make donations to the bank by donating here on the island.

Nurse Natalie??? Do you know?

#240945 - 06/19/07 02:55 PM Re: FYI to those in the US who donate blood [Re: Amanda Syme]
kwalkpt Offline
There is currently no place here on the island to donate. Which is interesting - the Ministry of Health advises all pregnant women to donate one pint of blood (in case of emergency). So they would have to go to Belize City to donate and then have to go back to Belize City to get blood if they needed it!!

#240946 - 06/19/07 02:56 PM Re: FYI to those in the US who donate blood [Re: kwalkpt]
Amanda Syme Offline
They have occassional blood drives on the island. But considering we are probably about 15,000 strong it might be time to start thinking about keeping our own supply.

#240974 - 06/19/07 10:46 PM Re: FYI to those in the US who donate blood [Re: Amanda Syme]
SimonB Offline
Better be somewhere with a genset!!

#240985 - 06/20/07 06:26 AM Re: FYI to those in the US who donate blood [Re: Amanda Syme]
natalie p Offline
That's right, you cannot donate blood on the island here. Yes , sometimes there is a blood drive here and they come out from Belize City for the day and take the blood to the city with them.
Before getting a blood Bank, I think the priority would be to get a hospital, or at least a 24 hour emergency room here.

Edited by natalie p (06/20/07 06:27 AM)
Edit Reason: mistake

#240988 - 06/20/07 08:52 AM Re: FYI to those in the US who donate blood [Re: natalie p]
Amanda Syme Offline
How true Natalie. We gotta remember to take baby steps and aim for small attainable goals.

Don't we all hate politics!

#241975 - 06/30/07 04:23 PM Re: FYI to those in the US who donate blood [Re: Amanda Syme]
Shanniqua Offline
I attempted to donate blood is the U.S. and was told that I'd have to wait 7 years after having eaten beef in the UK. That was 6 years ago. Dang, now I am a mad cow AND malaria risk?

#241995 - 06/30/07 11:52 PM Re: FYI to those in the US who donate blood [Re: Shanniqua]
Rykat Offline
Shanniqua? smirk

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