"Blood Connects Us All"
Every year on 14th June, the world comes together to celebrate World
Blood Donor Day. This has been going on since 2004 and the major goal of the
event is to raise awareness of the need for safe blood reserves to be held in
Blood Banks all around the world.
The day is also a special day to send a grateful message to all donors,
thanking them for their contribution in helping save lives. Every blood donor
is a hero – the theme in 2012, but the message is emphasised every year on
world blood donor day.
Several activities take place during the celebration to heighten public
awareness of its importance and these include events, meetings, publication of
blood donation stories on media, and health conferences. The importance of
blood donation is stressed at all events, inspiring more people to participate
in voluntary blood donation.
Have healthy reserves of blood stocks is vital because someone else’s
life may be hanging on the few moments you will take to donate blood. Special
medical staff are always present during the donation and so you do not have to
worry. The process is painless, simple, and safe. Your blood will help critical
patients recover quickly. All the information you give during blood donation
Blood cannot be manufactured, but its demand is vital for life. Certain
injuries, illness and conditions like anaemia or surgery, can increase the need
for blood transfusion. According to the Red Cross, one serious car accident
victim can require up to 100 pints of blood.
One single donation gives three components; this means it can save three
lives. The transfusable products that can be obtained from blood include red
blood cells, which can be preserved for 42 days, plasma which can be stored for
a year and platelets which can be preserved for five years. Improvements in
preservation technologies ensure that your donation does not go to waste.
Blood has four groups; A, B, AB and O. Transfusion requires that the
donor and the recipients group be the same. O-ve blood group persons are
universal donors as everyone is compatible with that blood type. People with AB
blood groups are universal receivers, they can accept blood from all other
For all periods of the year leading to the World Blood Donor Day, public
awareness on the importance of blood donation is carried out in clubs,
colleges, societies and other institutions. The need for blood far exceeds the
donation being made, and that is why the need for donation does not let up.
All of us have a duty to save others if they can. Blood donation is one
easy way to accomplish this purpose. A healthy body can replenish itself in
just a few days after donation. A donor can offer blood red blood cells after
56 days, or double that every 112 days.
Consider donating as often as you can to save lives. The World Blood
Donor day celebrates all efforts made towards this worthy cause.