Avi Dichter donating blood 311.
(photo credit: MDA)
The city whose residents have the highest rate of blood donation to Magen David
Adom in 2011 is Givat Shmuel, where 1,670 people – or 7.5 percent of its 22,400
residents – rolled up their sleeves. But compared to 2010, the number of
donations was down.
The lowest rates were in Arab towns like Rahat,
Tamra, Taibe, Kafr Kassem and Um el-Fahm with 0.9%-1.2%, and the haredi cities
of Betar Illit (1.5%) and Bnei Brak (2.6%).
Jerusalem did slightly better
with 3.1% (24,567 of 788,100) donating blood, while Tel Aviv had 4% (16,229 of
Haifa did even better with 4.7% (12,667 of 268,200) and the
same in Beersheba (9,172 of 195,400). Ma’aleh Adumim did well with 6.9%, which
was also the figure in Modi’in.
Among the other blood-giving cities,
there wasn’t much rhyme or reason to the stars: The second- highest rate was the
relatively affluent city of Ra’anana (7%), and close at its heels was the
northern development town of Carmiel (6%).
The MDA Blood Services issued
the full statistics on Monday.
Last year, 303,630 blood units were
donated around the country by 243,000 people – an average of 3.8% of the
In 2010, the figure was higher – 4.4%.
Yahalom, the deputy director of Blood Services, said that 34% of the population
have type A+ blood, while 32% O+ and 17% B+. The rarest blood type, AB-, courses
through the veins of only 1% of Israelis – at least according to the people who
Blood Services director Prof. Eilat Shinar said she was
disappointed that the rate of blood donors declined in the last year, even
though blood mobiles travel around the country, reaching places where MDA
stations are less accessible.
“We must remember that a unit of blood can
save a life,” she said.
MDA director Eli Bin said that a blood donation
even once a year provides blood insurance to the donor and his or her immediate
Information on where and when one can donate at MDA facilities
can be obtained by calling 1-800-400-101 and at the organization’s website at
where the statistics can be read.