What is the Donor Recruitment Area (DRA)?

31 March, 2021

DRA or Donor Recruitment Area is a set area around a plasma center within which you must reside if you wish to donate plasma at that center. It is integral — make-or-break, indeed — to the process of donation. 

What makes it so important? The fact that it ensures accountability.  

As a donor, apart from being 18 years or older, weighing 110 lbs or more, and being in good health, you must also present proof of identity (government-issued photo ID), proof of social security number, and finally, proof of permanent residence. The third is used to confirm whether you really reside within the DRA.  

The word permanent is key here. In case you reside within the DRA but don't have proof of permanent residence say, you are currently living in a hotel, you still won't be allowed to donate.  

This is because the three documents allow plasma centers to keep a track of every plasma donor. For example, if the sample of plasma collected from you is found to test positive for a harmful, transmittable infection, like Hepatitis B, your local plasma center can immediately trace the sample to you and inform and guide you about your condition.  

Further, with more than one plasma center spread in a large area, each DRA helps divide the large area into smaller ones for better precision.  

All these strict measures ensure accountability, which ensures safety — the topmost priority. 

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