Spanish health authorities are desperate for more blood donors, with the system running up an annual deficit of 300 thousand litres per year.

The shortfall is made up by supplies from America, with Spanish donor numbers falling by over 9% in the last year.

According to the Spanish Blood Donor Federation (FEDSANG), the shortfall imported makes up 50% of the amount of blood used in Spanish hospitals annually.

To make up the balance, the number of donors needed in Spain would have to go up to four per 1,000 inhabitants, from its current 3.6 – but numbers have been declining constantly, dropping 7% between 2010 and the end of 2014.

 

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