When patients in U.S. hospitals and clinics are in need of blood, they can get it. We have a nationwide system to ensure the collection, management, and distribution of blood. We have blood drives to populate our blood banks. And we have trained hematologists. But half a world away, this is not the reality.
In many developing countries, there is no system. If a person needs blood, he or she must find someone who is willing to donate. And even then, it’s not a sure bet that the blood is the right type, or even safe.
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