June 14: World Blood Donor Day

Every year, World Blood Donor Day is celebrated on June 14. The day is celebrated to thank voluntary blood donors and also raise awareness about the need for regular blood donations. This year the World Blood Donor Day is celebrated under the theme

Theme: Safe Blood Saves Lives

Highlights

The World Blood Donor Day event was established in 2004. It is one of the eight official campaigns that are marked by the World Health Organization. The campaigns are as follows

  • World Tuberculosis Day
  • World Health Day
  • World Malaria Day
  • World No Tobacco Day
  • World AIDS Day
  • World Hepatitis Day
  • World Immunization Week

Significance

Transfusion of blood is important to help save million of lives every year. It supports surgical procedures and also plays an essential life-saving role in perinatal and maternal care.

Why on June 14?

World Blood Donor Day is celebrated on June 14 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner. Karl won Nobel prize for discovering ABO blood group.

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