Canadian Blood Services needs more Black donors: expert – CTV

Jan. 11, 2023

At any given point across the country, hundreds of people are in need of a stem cell transplant that can be used to replace a person’s bone marrow or boost cancer patients’ immune systems while undergoing chemotherapy.

People of the same ethnic ancestry are more likely to find a stem cell match, the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) website reads.

If there are fewer people of a specific background in the donation pool, those who need stem cell transplants are less likely to find a match. Diversifying the blood registry has been a goal of the organization over the last several years, but still, Black people make up less than 2 per cent of the Canadian Blood Services stem cell donor registry, a spokesperson told in an email on Wednesday.

One expert says previous racist policies are to blame.

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