World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day

Context: Recently, the 14th June was celebrated as the World Blood Donor Day by the World Health Organization (WHO).

About World Blood Donor Day

  • It is an annual event, celebrated on 14th June, by WHO and countries around the world.
  • The theme for 2020 World Blood Donor Day is ‘Safe blood saves lives’.
  • It serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.
  • It celebrate and thank individuals who donate blood and encourage more people to start donating.
  • It aim to raise wider awareness of the urgent need to increase the availability of safe blood for use wherever and whenever it is needed to save life;
  • It demonstrate the need for universal access to safe blood transfusion and provide advocacy on its role in the provision of effective health care and in achieving universal health coverage;
  • It mobilize support at national, regional and global levels among governments and development partners to invest in, strengthen and sustain national blood programmes.
  • International organizations, including the World Health Organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations and the International Society of Blood Transfusion, among others, continue to work in close collaboration to provide guidance and support to their membership in this endeavour.

Source: WHO

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