14 June: World Blood Donors Day

We all observed 14th June as the World Blood Donors Day which is also known as the WBDD and the day is observed across the world on June 14, 2018, which set a goal to express gratitude to voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

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World Blood Donors Day

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This is also raising awareness of the required of the regular blood donations and the World Blood Donors Day is all about that.

The theme of World Blood Donors Day 2018
The theme of the World Blood Donors Day 2018 is ‘Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life’.

The theme throws light on purpose and acts of the blood donation which is regarded as an action of solidarity.

This also highlights the fundamental human values of respect, empathy, and kindness which emphasize and sustain voluntary unpaid blood donation systems anyway on the World Blood Donors Day.


Facts related to blood safety, blood availability and blood transfusion

• Around 112.5 million blood donations composed and collected together globally, around half of these are collected in high-income nations, constituting 19 percent of the world’s population.

• In low-income nations, up to 65 percent of blood transfusions are given to all kids who under 5 years of age; while in high-income nations, the most regularly transfused patient group is to those who are of the 65 years of age.

• Based on samples of 1000 people, the blood donation rate is 32.1 donations in high-income countries, 14.9 donations in upper-middle-income countries, 7.8 donations in lower-middle-income countries and 4.6 donations in low-income countries.

• 126 nations have national guidelines on the prior of the uses of the blood for the clinical purpose.

• 57 nations collect 100 percent of their blood supply from voluntary, which is also regarded as the unpaid blood donors.

• Only 51 of 180 reporting nations also produce Plasma-Derived Medicinal Products (PDMP) via the fractionation of plasma collected from the various reporting nation.

Fortify blood and blood product systems to save lives: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia
According to the WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the blood banks across the WHO South-East Asia Region required more blood.

around 18 million units of blood are required annually, the Region-wide, though, around 15.9 million are collected at this contemporary period, leaving a shortfall of just over 2 million units.

Well-coordinated blood and blood product systems can have the life-saving impact by ensuring that safe, high-quality blood products are available to all people at all times.

82 percent of the blood collected in the region from the voluntary, non-remunerated donors, which is also proved to the civic responsibility many people share, hence fulfilling this year’s 2018 theme of the World Blood Donors Day, ‘Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life’.

Haemovigilance, a set of surveillance procedures actually cover the entire blood transfusion chain, which is and can be managed as well as regulated the blood transformation in a better way.

Member States should make sure that the Haemovigilance measures are reported to the WHO Global Database on Blood Donor Safety in order to make sure both public and private facilities do the same procedure.

When was the day proclaimed?

in 2004, The World Blood Donors Day was launched in order to raise awareness of the required of the safe bold and blood products, in order to save lives and thank donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts like the blood.

This is the eight official global public health campaigns which also marked by the World Health Organization (WHO) alongside these following days:

  • World Tuberculosis Day (24 March)
    • World Health Day (7 April)
    • World Immunization Week (last week of April)
    • World Malaria Day (25 April)
    • World No Tobacco Day (31 May)
    • World Hepatitis Day (28 July)
    • World AIDS Day (1 December)

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