World Blood Donor Day is observed on June 14 every year since 2005.
- The day is observed to express thanks to the blood donors worldwide while also encouraging more people to come forward to donate blood.
- The Day has the slogan ‘Share Life, Give Blood’, referring to the caring and cohesion that giving blood and caring for others involves.
Host for World Blood Donor Day 2021:
- The global event will take place in Rome on June 14, 2021.
- The host for this year’s World Blood Donor Day 2021 is Italy through its National Blood Centre.
Theme of 2021:
- The theme of World Blood Donor Day 2021 is ‘Give blood and keep the world beating’.
- This theme highlights the importance of donating blood and how it can save people’s lives around the world. This message is especially important at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a huge loss of human lives across the planet.
Objective of World Blood Donor Day 2021:
The objective of this year’s campaign on World Blood Donor Day 2021 aims:
- To raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion and of the critical contribution of voluntary, unpaid donors make to national health systems.
- To thank blood donors of the world and create public awareness of the needy for regular, unpaid blood donation.
- To provide help to promote the community values of blood donation in enhancing community solidarity and social cohesion.
- To encourage youth to embrace the humanitarian call to donate blood and inspire others to do the same.
- To celebrate the potential of young people as partners in promoting health.
- To provide an opportunity to call to action to governments and national health authorities to provide adequate resources and put into place systems and infrastructures to increase the collection of blood from voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors.
World Blood Donor Day History:
- The birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner is celebrated as World Blood Donor Day on June 14. This day was first initiated and established on June 14, 2004, by the World Health Organization(WHO) with its 192 member states at the 58th World Health Assembly.
- World Blood Donor Day was first organized by the WHO in collaboration with Red Cross on June 14, 2005.
- Donor Day has been picked by many countries and is used to spread awareness about the life-saving importance of donating blood.
- The organization’s ultimate goal is for all counties to achieve all their blood stocks from voluntary unpaid donors.
World Blood Donor Day Significance:
Note: By donating blood you can save someone’s life. Blood donation stimulates Blood Cell Production.
- World Blood Donor Day is observed to spread awareness of the need for voluntary blood donation.
- During these COVID times, people can do their part by donating blood at their nearest blood banks if they are fit to do so, or create awareness about the issue to encourage others to donate blood.
- India is one of those countries that experience the highest shortage of blood in the world.
- According to a study published in The Lancet, India falls short of 41 million units of blood annually.
- So in order to motivate the free and voluntary blood donors, World Blood Donor Day is an important campaign initiated by WHO.
- Unavailability of blood on time is what leads to the death of various patients every year.
- To save those lives, blood donation needs to be encouraged.