14 June: World Blood Donor day
The World Blood Donor Day is being observed across the world on 14 June to raise the public awareness about the need for safe blood donation.
Observance of the day seeks to spread awareness about the need for safe and secure blood supplies. It also seeks to provide an opportunity to draw public attention to the importance of blood donation for saving lives.
- 2016 Theme: “Blood connects us all”. The theme highlights the common bond that all people share in their blood.
- 2016 slogan: “Share life, give blood”. It seeks to draw attention to the role that voluntary donation systems play in encouraging people to care for one another and promoting community cohesion.
- 2016 host country: Netherlands.
World Blood Donor Day is being celebrated annually since 2004. The day seeks to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their voluntary donations. It is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the WHO.