World Blood Donor Day Current Affairs
World Blood Donor Day observed every year across the world on June 14 to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. It also seeks to raise awareness of need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need.
The theme for this year is ‘Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life’. The host is Greece. The theme highlights importance blood donation as action of solidarity. It also highlights fundamental human values of respect, empathy and kindness associated with unpaid blood donation systems.
Importance of blood donation
Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It helps patients suffering from life-threatening conditions to live longer and with higher quality of life. It also supports complex medical and surgical procedures. The blood transfusion also plays essential, life-saving role in maternal and child care and during emergency response to man-made and natural disasters.
The World Blood Donors Day was instituted by World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2004 to raise awareness of need for safe bold and blood products and to thank donors. It is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by WHO along with World Tuberculosis Day (24 March), World Health Day (7 April), World Malaria Day (25 April), World Immunization Week (last week of April), World No Tobacco Day (31 May), World Hepatitis Day (28 July) and World AIDS Day (1 December).
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.