SAFE BLOOD FOR ALL
World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on 14 June, all around the world. The event is organize to thank blood donors for saving life of peoples with the gifts of blood and also to raise awareness about the need of regular blood donations to make sure that all individuals can fulfill the access to safe blood in emergency to save lives this is essential to ensure a healthy world to severs as a key component for regulating effective health system throughout the globe.
World Blood Donor Day is commemorate on 14 June to mark the anniversary of Karl Landsteiner. It was first celebrated in 2004 to spread awareness about the need for regular blood donations and need of blood to save lives.
World Blood Donor Day 2019: Theme
The theme for Blood Donor Day this year will be “Blood donation and universal access to safe blood transfusion” to achieve universal health coverage. The slogan for the campaign is “Safe blood for all” to raise awareness about the universal need for blood in contemporary health care. The host country for World Blood Donor day 2019 is Rwanda. The global event will be held in Kigali, Rwanda.
This event was first initiated and established to be celebrated on 14 June, 2004 by the “World Health organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies” with an aim to raise public awareness about the need for safe blood donation and to thank the unpaid donors for their heroic selfless act.
Objectives of celebrating World Blood Donor Day
The main objective of celebrating world blood donor day is to promote and support effective national blood donor programmes and the elimination of a dependency on family, paid blood donation, to provide a global platform to thank individuals who donated blood and to encourage those who have not yet donated. One of the main objective is to aware people about the need of regular blood donations. There are 512 million blood donors in India and they donate around 350 milliliters of blood, still there’s a shortage of donated blood in the country. It is reported that India is at 10% shortage of blood requirements. It is estimated that one in seven people entering the hospital needs blood for one reason to another. Blood is scarce and so thus it’s need. Each year several people rely on safe blood and blood products to stay alive. There are several diseases which needs regular blood donations thus it becomes even more essential to recognize this need today. While donated blood is beneficial for patients, some medical professional’s claims that donating blood also benefit the donor as well- like it reduces iron levels, burn calories and make people feel good about themselves. For potential blood donors it is important to eat something light and good after the donations and also keep in mind the status of their health. Drinking plenty of fluids and staying hydrated is important before donating blood. Blood donation can mean several things it’s not just about donating RBC but also the platelets, thus one needs to take a dozen of ASPIRIN (doctor’s consent) before donating. Remember few drops of your blood might not be as important for you as the person in need. Losing some blood won’t harm you but that blood can definitely save someone else’s life.