Today Is World Blood Donor Day: Read Why Is It Important!

| June 14 , 2017 , 16:25 IST

Every year on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.
Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions, live longer and with a higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures.

World Blood Donor Day celebration brings a precious opportunity to all donors for celebrating it on a national and global level as well as to commemorate the birthday anniversary of the Karl Landsteiner, a great scientist who won the Nobel Prize for his great discovery of the ABO blood group system.

Every year this day is celebrated with a specific theme and so this year World Blood Donor Day is being celebrated with the theme - Give Blood. Give Now. Give Often! The theme for Blood Donation Day in 2017 focus on blood donation in emergency situations. The first response when an emergency happens is "What Can You Do?" and the answer is "Give Blood. Give Now. Give Often" which is taken by World health Organization.

According to WHO, blood donation by 1% of the population can meet a nation’s most basic requirements for blood. There are 57 countries collecting 100% of their blood supply from voluntary, unpaid blood donors. Thus, June 14th every year is focussed on spreading awareness among the people and urging them to donate blood for a good cause. Blood transfusion saves lives and improves health, but many patients requiring transfusion do not have timely access to safe blood.

The need for blood transfusion may arise at any time in both urban and rural areas. The unavailability of blood has led to deaths and many patients suffering from ill-health. An adequate and reliable supply of safe blood can be assured by a stable base of regular, voluntary, unpaid blood donors. They are also the safest group of donors as the prevalence of bloodborne infections is lowest among these donors.

A rather surprising fact about blood donation according to WHO is that a single unit of blood can benefit several patients. Separating blood into its various components allows a single unit of blood to benefit several patients and provides a patient only the blood component which is needed. About 97% of the blood collected in high-income countries, 75.5% in middle-income countries and 50% in low-income countries is separated into blood components.

The best way to celebrate World Blood Donor Day is to go out and give blood! There’s a powerful need for blood of all types and there’s rarely enough of it to go around. Just a single contribution now and then will help save lives, so get on out there and give!