• Countries yet to achieve 100% voluntary blood donation should develop innovative approaches to encourage community participation—especially youth involvement. National blood donation programs should be promoted to increase voluntary blood donation, phase out family/replacement donation and totally eliminate paid donation
• Countries that have already reached 100 percent voluntary blood donation, need to focus on increasing the number of regular donors so that a constant pool of donors will be maintained to meet regular and emergency requirements for blood and blood components in the country
• Countries that are either launching or increasing blood component programs need to build these programs on 100 percent voluntary, non-remunerated donation
• Countries with advanced mechanisms for procuring blood products could support other countries to get enough blood supplies of blood products through voluntary donations. For instance, some countries may opt to commemorate World blood donor day by focussing on self sufficiency through voluntary plasma donationThe four core agencies that together sponsor World Blood Donor Day each year include the World Health Organization, the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations, International Society of Blood Transfusion and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. This year the global event will be held in Australia hosted by the Australian government along with the Australian Red Cross and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.
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