World Blood Donor Day

The day creates an opportunity to urge governments as well as national health authorities to allocate enough resources and implement techniques to increase the blood collection from unpaid, voluntary donors. Blood and blood products, as well as their transfusion, are important parts of patient care and public health. They safeguard millions of lives every day and enhance the health and quality of life of a wide range of individuals. On the 14th of June, World Blood Donor Day is commemorated to commemorate Karl Landsteiner’s death. It was originally observed in the year of 2004 to raise awareness about the importance of regular blood donations in saving lives. On this day, blood donors give their own blood to save the lives of accident victims and those who require blood transfusions for surgery.

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History of Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day is observed every year on the 14th of June, which is the anniversary of Karl Landsteiner’s birth. The “World Health Organisation, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies” first founded and commemorated this event on 14th June, 2004, with the goal of raising public awareness regarding the importance of safe blood donation that is done voluntarily and unpaid by healthy people. On the 58th World Health Assembly in the year of 2005, WHO formally launched World Blood Donor Day with its 192 Member States in order to inspire all countries worldwide to honour blood donors for their valuable contribution in saving people’s lives.

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Regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic, donors from various countries have continued to provide blood and plasma to people who require transfusions. This extraordinary initiative has highlighted the crucial role of well organised, dedicated, unpaid blood donors in ensuring a safe and adequate blood supply for patients during emergencies.

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