Every year, World Blood Donor Day is celebrated on June 14. The day is celebrated to thank voluntary blood donors and also raise awareness about the need for regular blood donations. This year the World Blood Donor Day is celebrated under the theme :
Theme : Safe Blood Saves Lives
The World Blood Donor Day event was established in 2004. It is one of the 8 official campaigns that are marked by the World Health Organization. The campaigns are as follows
- World Tuberculosis Day
- World Health Day
- World Malaria Day
- World No Tobacco Day
- World AIDS Day
- World Hepatitis Day
- World Immunization Week
Transfusion of blood is important to help save million of lives every year. It supports surgical procedures and also plays an Essential life-saving role in perinatal and maternal care.
A blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity is a key component of an effective Health system. Ensuring safe and sufficient blood supplies requires the development of a nationally coordinated blood transfusion service based on voluntary non-remunerated blood donations. However, in many countries, blood services face the challenge of making sufficient blood available, while also ensuring its quality and safety.
Why on June 14?
World Blood Donor Day is celebrated on June 14 to commemorate the birth anniversary of ‘Karl Landsteiner’. Karl won Nobel prize for discovering ABO blood group system.