Everything you need to know about world blood donor day 2020 – India Today

Posted By on June 15, 2020

Every year on June 14 World Blood Donor Day is observed all around the globe. The first World Blood Donor Day was celebrated in the year 2004, to spread awareness about the importance of blood donation and its significance for saving lives.The recognition of World Blood Donor Day by WHO has helped in spreading awareness and in dispelling many long-held myths regarding blood donation.

The theme for World Blood Donor Day 2020, has been chosen as "Safe Blood Saves Lives", to stress the importance and universal need for safe blood for providing help to those in need of it; whereas, the slogan for the campaign is "Give blood and make the world a healthier place", to encourage people to donate blood for the betterment of humankind. The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gift of blood and also to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood and blood products, as an integral part of universal health coverage and a key component of effective health systems.

This becomes even more important in COVOID 19 Pandemic time, where fewer people are coming out of home, leading to shortage of blood. Remember, Giving blood in the time of COVID-19 is safe and Safe blood saves lives

On June 14, 1868 a boy named Karl Landsteiner was born, who grew up to become a Nobel laureate for discovering the ABO blood group system. World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on June 14 to honor his memory.

The event was first initiated in the year 2004 by the World Health Organization (WHO), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in order to spread awareness among the masses about the pressing need for the safe and voluntary blood donation by healthy people. It has been a global phenomenon ever since, to drive people to come out and donate blood every year.

The world needs enough safe blood for everyone in need . Every few seconds, someone, somewhere, needs blood. Transfusions of blood and blood products save millions of lives every year. Health is a human right; everyone in the world should have access to safe blood transfusions, when and where they need them. Access to safe blood and blood product is essential for universal health coverage and a key component of effective health systems.

There are about 5 liters of blood in the human body. One donation can save up to 3 lives. A single blood donation helps many patients as the blood is usually segregated into RBCs, Platelets, WBCs and Plasma and those components are separately given to different patients.

There are eight main blood types: A+, A-, B+, B-, AB+, AB-, O+ and O-

Donated blood lasts only 42 days; hence, blood donation ought to be done regularly

There are no confirmed reports of coronavirus being transmitted by blood transfusion anywhere in the world

Donating blood is good for the health of both the donors and the patients

You do not need to take a covid-19 test before donating blood

Any healthy person between 16-60 years can donate blood after the required gap of 60 days

Remember Safe blood saves lives ! and "One who saves a life, saves the world entire" - (Talmud Yerushalmi)

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