A collection of rare bloods organized for the first time in Toulouse
This week, the French Blood Establishment is organizing for the first time a week to raise awareness of rare bloods, that of West Indian, African or Oceanian communities. In Toulouse, a specific collection is organized this Friday 19 and Saturday 20 November at the Maison du don, near Place Wilson.
African, Caribbean or Oceanian origins
It is not a question of blood groups or rhs that differ, but a question of the diversity of blood groups linked to our genetic heritage. Thus, in France, 250 rare blood groups are listed and 700,000 people are carriers of rare blood. People from or having ancestors from the African continent, from the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean are more likely to present a blood group particularly sought after for transfusion in France. To effectively treat diseases such as sickle cell anemia which strikes black people more, it is important that the diversity of donors reflects that of patients.
In Toulouse, the association SOS Globi Occitanie, an association helping sickle cell and beta thalassemia patients is joining this campaign to mobilize African and Caribbean communities and encourage them to donate blood. A special operation is thus organized at the Maison du don du center-ville at 7 rue Lapeyrouse, this Friday November 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and this Saturday November 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. It is advisable to make an appointment.