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World Blood Donor Day: June 14

Date: 14 June 2019 Tags: Days & Dates

The World Blood Donor Day observed every year across the world on June 14 to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. It also raises awareness for regular blood donations to ensure uality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need.

2019 Theme: “Safe blood for all”. It seeks to raise awareness of universal need for safe blood in delivery of health care and crucial roles that voluntary donations play in achieving the goal of universal health coverage.

Host country:  Rwanda is host country for World Blood Donor Day 2019. The global event for this year was held in Rwanda’s capital city Kigali on 14 June 2019.

Background

The World Blood Donors Day was established by World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2004 to raise awareness of need for safe bold and blood products and to thank donors. It is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by WHO along with World Health Day (7 April), World Tuberculosis Day (24 March), World Immunization Week (last week of April), World Malaria Day (25 April), World No Tobacco Day (31 May), World Hepatitis Day (28 July) and World AIDS Day (1 December).

Importance of blood donation

Blood donation (or transfusion of blood and blood products) every year helps save millions of lives. It is essential components in proper management of women suffering from bleeding associated with pregnancy and childbirth, patients with blood and bone marrow disorders, inherited disorders of haemoglobin, children suffering from severe anaemia due to malaria and malnutrition and immune deficiency conditions. It is also life saving component for victims of emergencies, trauma, disasters and accidents; as well as patients undergoing advanced medical and surgical procedures