Annual Report 2012


Achievements in 2012

  • Collected 26,819 total units of blood in 2012 (25,614 units of whole blood and 1,205 units apheresis platelets).
  • The number of national donors totaled 5,077 – nationals now represent roughly 19% of all donors and comprise the largest number of donors amongst the many different nationalities that give blood each year.
  • Total individual donors amounted to 26,819.


Abu Dhabi Blood Bank (ADBB), the major donor center and blood bank in Abu Dhabi, is part of the Transfusion Medicine Services Division of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC).

It caters to the needs of public and private hospitals across Abu Dhabi and also supports other emirates. The unit?s mobile service reaches out to the community by visiting business premises, universities, and public venues to promote the donation of blood.

On average, ADBB collects more than 25,000 units of blood every year and more than 1,000 units of apheresis platelets. UAE nationals represent about 20% of donors, many of whom have been giving blood regularly for the past 20 years.

ADBB organizes an average of seven blood donation drives weekly with different organizations.

Blood transfusion is almost always essential in heart surgery and organ transplants; the treatment of leukemia, cancer, and other diseases such as sickle cell anemia and thalassemia; and in the care of accident and burn victims.