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Malaria policy criteria

Our malaria policy impacts people who spend time in malaria-risk zones and people who have had malaria. The table below outlines this policy.

Duration in risk zone Policy
Less than 6 consecutive months Eligible to donate blood one year after departure date from malaria-risk zone:

All components of your donation (red cells, platelets and plasma) can be used for transfusion.
6 or more consecutive months Eligible to donate blood three years after departure date from malaria-risk zone:

All components of your donation (red cells, platelets and plasma) can be used for transfusion.
"I have had malaria" Not eligible to donate blood.

* Those who wish to donate apheresis plasma donations (available at some Canadian Blood Services clinics) for the purpose of being sent to a fractionator may do so six months after departure from a malaria endemic area, regardless of the duration of their stay. If you are interested in making an apheresis plasma donation, please call us toll-free at 1 888 2 DONATE for more information.

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