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Asian J Transfus Sci. 2010 Jan;4(1):9-13. doi: 10.4103/0973-6247.59385.

Blood donor incentives: A step forward or backward.

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Department of International Affairs, International Law MA graduate, Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization, Tehran, Iran.


Dramatic increase in blood usage and critical seasonal blood shortages are faced by various countries. Countries which previously reached 100% voluntary nonremunerated donation have been led to offer different kinds of incentives to recruit blood donors and meet their blood demands. In some cases, these incentives are considered monetary and are in complete contrast with International standards like World Health Organization (WHO). It seems that attitudes toward sole dependency on nonremunerated voluntary blood donation have been changed in recent years and experts in some developed countries are reevaluating partial reliance on paid donation. On the other hand, besides the effects of such incentives on blood safety, several economic and psychological studies have shown that incentives have discouraging effects on pro-social behaviors like blood donation and will reduce the number of blood donors in long term. With regard to the results of such studies, it seems that implementing incentive-based blood donor recruitment programs to meet blood requirements by some countries is becoming a challenge for blood banks.


Blood donor; blood safety; incentive; paid donation; voluntary non-remunerated blood donation

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