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Blood donors are vital for patients

Blood donors only accounted for just over 3% of all people in the donating age range in Finland last year. Over the past ten years, the proportion has decreased by approximately a percentage point. It's important for preparedness to increase the number of new blood donors.

Check out the annual report 2023

How did we manage to take care of Finland's blood supply last year? In the Blood Service's new annual report 2023, you will find key figures and statistics, as well as reviews of the most important changes and events of last year.

The application period for Blood Service research grants for 2024 is now open

The application period for 2024 grants from the Blood Service Research Fund has opened to researchers. The purpose of the grants is to support research related to current and future Blood Service products and services. The application period is 5 April to 12 May 2024. The maximum amount of the grant is up to €150,000.

The Blood Service begins testing blood donors for hepatitis E

The Blood Service has started testing blood donors for hepatitis E as hepatitis E infections have increased in Finland in the beginning of this year. There have been no reported cases of hepatitis E transmitted via transfusions in Finland, but blood donors are now being tested for hepatitis E to ensure the safety of blood products.

Patients still need help from blood donors over Easter

It is important that enough donors lend a helping hand on the days leading up to and immediately after Easter. The Blood Service centres are closed on Good Friday March 29th but open on Easter Monday, April 1st.