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The Gift RelationshipFrom Human Blood to Social Policy$
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Richard Titmuss

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447349570

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447349570.001.0001

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Blood donors in the Soviet Union and other countries

Blood donors in the Soviet Union and other countries

(p.145) 10 Blood donors in the Soviet Union and other countries
The Gift Relationship

Richard M. Titmuss

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on blood donors in the Soviet Union and other countries. About half of all blood supplies in the Soviet Union are obtained from unpaid donors at factories, offices, colleges and palaces of culture, and other institutions. They are recruited by the Union of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Donors are allowed a day off work to give their donation and a free meal afterwards; they are also given an extra day's holiday which, if they choose, they may add to their annual vacation. Other reports suggest that in some places donors may be rewarded with free public transport for a month, higher priority for housing, and other ‘fringe benefits’. Meanwhile, the other half of all blood supplies comes from paid donors who attend blood-collecting stations. Although they get a day off work for donating, they are not given a free meal or other benefits.

Keywords:   blood donors, Soviet Union, blood supplies, unpaid donors, Union of Red Cross, Red Crescent Societies, fringe benefits, paid donors, blood-collecting stations, blood donation

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