Source: The official newsagency Xinhua                         

BEIJING:  A total of 12.32 million Chinese donated 4,164 tonnes of blood in 2011, a year-on-year increase of 3.71 percent and 5.18 percent, respectively, the Ministry of Health has announced.

However, China still faces a grave challenge in maintaining sufficient blood supplies, the ministry said.

Currently, only 87 out of every 10,000 people donate blood on the Chinese mainland, far less than the average of 454 for every 10,000 people in developed countries and the WHO-recommended figure of 100 for every 10,000 people.

The People‚Äôs Republic of Chica is  the most populous state in the world, with over 1.3 billion citizens.

The ministry estimates that the country will need 120,000 new donors per day to satisfy demand by 2015.

The ministry urged blood stations to develop sustainable strategies to expand donor pools, as well as asked medical institutions to train personnel on the proper use of donated blood.