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World Blood Donor Day - Blood connects us all

Why you should donate blood.

Every year on 14 June, a large number of countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event’s primary aim is to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood for patients in need.

The theme of this year’s World Blood Donor Day is “Blood connects us all”. The day’s theme focuses on thanking blood donors and highlights the importance of “sharing” and the “connection” between those that donate blood and the patients who receive it. The slogan for this year’s campaign is “Share life, give blood”, highlighting the roles that volunteers who donate play in encouraging people to care for one another and emphasising the importance of caring for people within their community.

The campaign shines a light on the stories of people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, to motivating regular blood donors to continue giving blood and motivate people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so, particularly young people.

Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year; helping patients suffering from life-threatening conditions to live longer and with a higher quality of life, and supporting complex medical and surgical procedures. It also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and child care and during man-made and natural disasters worldwide.

Unfortunately, in many countries, demand exceeds supply. As a result, blood services face the challenge of making sufficient blood available, while also ensuring high standards of quality and safety. An adequate supply can only be assured through regular donations by voluntary, unpaid blood donors. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has a goal for all countries to obtain all of their blood supplies exclusively from voluntary, unpaid donors by 2020.

Today, only 62 countries get somewhere in the region of 100% of their national blood supplies from voluntary unpaid blood donations and 40 countries are still dependent on family donors and even have to resort to paid donors.

The objectives of 2018 World Blood Donor Day:

  • public appreciation of donors for their life-saving gift of blood and promote the theme of blood that connects us all
  • create a wider awareness of the need for regular, unpaid blood donation, and inspire those who have not yet donated blood to start donating, particularly young people in good health
  • highlight the need to share life/prolong life by donating blood
  • emphasise that blood services are a community service, and the importance of community participation for a sufficient, safe and sustainable blood supply
  • persuade health departments to show their appreciation to regular voluntary unpaid donors and commit to self-sufficiency in safe blood and blood products based on 100% voluntary, unpaid donations.

If you would like to donate blood, find your local blood donation centre here.

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