14 June: World Blood Donor day

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We have  92 million yearly blood donations worldwide bjut still safe blood supplies are a scarce commodity. World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) is observed each year globally on 14 June which is an annual celebration meant for expressing gratitude to the blood donors who save lives by donating blood.The day also creates awareness of the need for safe blood for transfusion and to highlight why blood donation is important.World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on the day of birthday anniversary of Karl Landsteiner on 14th of June in 1868. He is noted for having first distinguished the main blood groups in 1900 and having developed the modern system of classification of blood groups.The global event is jointly sponsored by four core agencies: the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organisations (IFBDO) and the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT).This year, the host country is China, with the main activities taking place in Shanghai at the Shanghai Blood Center (SBC).

Theme for world Blood donor day 2015

June 2015 The theme of this year’s campaign is "Thank you for saving my life".It focuses on thanking blood donors who save lives every day through their blood donations and strongly encourages more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly with the slogan “Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters.” The campaign aims to highlight stories from people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, as a way of motivating regular blood donors to continue giving blood and people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so.

Why donating blood matters ?

  • Every second, there is someone who requires blood. But unfortunately, in India, every year 12 million units of blood are required, out of which only 9 million units come off the blood bank’s shelves through voluntarily donated blood.
  • Due to blood unavailability, many people lose lives in the face of accidents/emergencies or complicated surgeries.
  • Several blood disorders like sickle cell anaemia, thalassemia and haemophilia affect children who require repeated blood transfusions. 
  • Innocent lives are lost due to repeated blood shortage and inconsistencies in their transfusion
  • Blood transfusion helps patients suffering from variety of life-threatening health conditions and stimulates them to live longer.

Who can donate?

Anyone between the age group of 18 to 65, weighing above 45 kgs, and having a haemoglobin level of 12.5 or above can easily donate blood. 
The blood donated is less than half of the extra blood that your body does not need.A small drop of your blood can be a hope for someone else. So be a hero and make blood donation your responsibility because there is nothing more beautiful than saving a life

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