China’s Blood Donation Law, enacted back in 1998, entitles voluntary blood donors and their immediate family, to donate blood for free when needed. But after 14 years, only 9 out of a thousand people donate blood on the Chinese mainland. That’s below the one percent minimum warning line set by the WHO.
CCTV took to the streets to find out what Chinese people think of blood donation. When asked about the general attitude towards blood donation, an overwhelming 70% showed support and only 3% expressed disapproval.
But when asked whether they would actively donate blood, only 30% responded with a definite yes. And the biggest sources of apprehension for perspective blood donors, according to the survey, are fears of catching diseases, risks to health and misuse and profiteering from donated blood.
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