World Blood Donor Day - 14 June.

Every year countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

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. The global theme of World Blood Donor Day changes each year in recognition of the selfless individuals who donate their blood for people unknown to them.

Blood and blood by-products support both planned and emergency treatments. During disasters, volunteer donors step up to fill the need. Donors give whole blood as often as every 56 days. Platelet donations may be given every 7 days but are limited to 24 contributions per year.

The International Federation of Red Cross, International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations and the International Society of Blood Transfusion joined forces to create World Blood Donor Day. It was first launched on June 14, 2004, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The date was selected in honor of Karl Landsteiner’s birthday. He discovered and classified the A, B, and O blood groups at the turn of the 20th century. It’s because of his discovery that doctors became able to transfuse blood from one patient to another, and thus save countless lives.

The first celebration honored, as it does today, the donors around the world – especially those who donate several times a year – with the hope that more people would be inspired to become donors.

Theme 2022: Blood donation: "an act of solidarity".

Source: www.who.int


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