New Delhi: One of the initiatives of the World Health Organization (WHO), World Blood Donor Day, is observed every year on June 14, to spread awareness about the significance of blood donation and to recognise the contribution of voluntary unpaid blood donors in saving lives.
According to WHO, many developing countries face severe shortage of blood. “The need for blood is universal, but access to blood for all those who need it is not,” it added.
Voluntary and unpaid regular blood donation is an act of solidarity and is required all over the world so that more lives can be saved.
The World Blood Donor day is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Austrian biologist and physician, Karl Landsteiner, who is considered to be the founder of modern blood transfusion. The first World Blood Donor Day was observed by WHO in 2004 and was declared as an annual global event in the 58th World Health Assembly in 2005.
The primary motto behind celebrating this day is to raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion and of the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems. The day also provides an opportunity to call to action to governments and national health authorities to provide adequate resources and put into place systems and infrastructures to increase the collection of blood from voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors.
According to WHO, safe blood and blood products and their transfusion are critical aspects of care and public health. They save millions of lives and improve the health and quality of life of many patients every day. The need for blood is universal, but access to blood for all those who need it is not.
This year’s slogan
For 2021, the World Blood Donor Day slogan is ‘Give blood and keep the world beating‘. The message highlights the essential contribution blood donors make to keeping the world pulsating by saving lives and improving others’ health.
It reinforces the global call for more people all over the world to donate blood regularly and contribute to better health. A special focus of this year’s campaign will be the role of young people in ensuring a safe blood supply.
Host for this year World Blood Donor Day events
Italy will host World Blood Donor Day 2021 through its National Blood Centre. The global event will be held in Rome.