WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY – 14th June 2016

"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 stays confidential.

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 blood groups. 

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.