World Blood Donor Day 2020

The need for safe blood is universal.

Safe blood is critical both for treatments and urgent interventions.

It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life and supports complex medical and surgical procedures.

Blood is also vital for treating the wounded during emergencies of all kinds and has an essential, life-saving role.

But access to safe blood is still a privilege of the few.

Most low- and middle-income countries struggle to make safe blood available because donations are low and equipment to test blood is scarce.

Globally, 42% of blood is collected in high-income countries, which are home to only 16% of the world’s population.

An adequate supply of safe blood can only be assured through regular donations by voluntary unpaid blood donors.

This is why the World Health Assembly in 2005 designated a special day to thank blood donors and encourage more people to give blood freely.

World Blood Donor Day takes place every year on 14 June.

As well as thanking blood donors, it is a day to raise awareness about the global need for safe blood and how everyone can contribute.

 

This Year’s theme:

  • The theme for this year’s World Blood Donor Day is “Safe blood saves lives” with the slogan “Give blood and make the world a healthier place”.
  • Every year, a host country is chosen to celebrate the National Blood Donation Day.
  • Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the WHO will conduct a global virtual campaign this year.
  • The idea is to focus on the contribution an individual giver can make to improve health for others in the community.

List of Themes till now:

YearTheme
1. 2020Safe Blood Saves Lives
2. 2019Safe Blood for All
3. 2018Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life
4. 2017Give Blood. Give Now. Give Often
5. 2016Blood connects us all
6. 2015Thank you for saving my life
7. 2014Safe blood for saving mothers
8. 2013Give the gift of life : donate blood
9. 2012Every blood donor is a hero

Know the reason why Blood Donor Day is celebrated:

  • The history behind the date of celebration of WDD is the Nobel prize winner Scientist Karl Landsteiner.
  • He has got the credit for finding the ABO blood group system.
  • World Blood Donor Day is celebrated on the birthday of Karl Landsteiner which was on 14th June, who discovered various blood groups.
  • Before Carl detected blood groups, blood transfusions used to happen without knowing the various blood groups.
  • This discovery made Karl Landsteiner win the Nobel Prize in the year 1930.
  • In recognition of blood transfusion saving millions of lives every year, in May 2005, ministers of health from across the world made a unanimous declaration of commitment and support towards voluntary blood donation during the Fifty-Eighth World Health Assembly and designated World Blood Donor Day as an annual event to be held on June 14.

 

The objectives of this year’s campaign are to:

  • Celebrate and thank individuals who donate blood and encourage more people to start donating;
  • Raise wider awareness of the urgent need to increase the availability of safe blood for use wherever and whenever it is needed to save life;
  • Demonstrate the need for universal access to safe blood transfusion and provide advocacy on its role in the provision of effective health care and in achieving universal health coverage;
  • Mobilize support at national, regional and global levels among governments and development partners to invest in, strengthen and sustain national blood programmes.

 

Benefits of donating blood:

  • Helps in controlling weight
  • It keeps your liver healthy
  • Keeps cancer away
  • Helps in smooth blood circulation
  • Helps in burning calories