Why Donate Blood?

A young woman lies smiling on a stretcher and donates blood.

Demand for blood in Switzerland

Donated blood is needed every day to provide the blood products vital to people who are sick or injured. Blood transfusions are essential for the effective treatment of many illnesses and injuries. In Switzerland, around 760 units of donated blood are needed each day to meet the medical needs of cancer patients, accident victims and people with a blood disease. Yet, only 2.5 percent of the Swiss population donate blood on a regular basis.

  • Major heart or vascular surgery

    30 donations or more

  • Birth complications

    30 donations or more

  • Multiple injuries

    60 donations or more

Graphic: Use of blood donations