This year's slogan, "New
blood for the world"
aims to motivate young people all over the world to
become blood donors. Young blood donors will in turn network extensively to
encourage other youngsters to donate blood. There is a perennial shortage of
blood all over the world because blood can be stored only for a limited period
of time before use. In most countries there is more demand than supply of blood
due to limited blood donation. Some of the lowest donations recorded in the
world recently number less than 10 donations per thousand people. According to
WHO statistics 80 countries have recorded low blood donation rates and of
these, 79 are developing nations.
The importance of safe blood
requirement for blood transfusions can never be overstated—it is in constant
demand to save lives and improve health. Critical medical cases that require
blood transfusion include, women with pregnancy
leading to hemorrhage before, during or after childbirth,
severely anemic children
people injured in accidents
surgical and cancer patients
with conditions like thalassemia
sickle cell disease
blood transfusions and blood is also used to prepare clotting factors for
people with hemophilia.
Myths Preventing Blood
Check some of these common blood
donation myths and see if any of these is stopping you from donating blood:
• I am too old
If you are between 17 and 60 and in good health, you are eligible for blood donation
• I will get an infection when they draw my blood
All equipment used to draw blood is sterile and disposable
• I will feel weak if I donate blood
You can get back to your routine immediately. The body recoups or regenerates the blood given in a very short while and you can donate again after 3 months
• I can't find time to donate blood
You will be asked a few questions and the blood will be drawn in 5 minutes. The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes
Youngsters, Unite, to Donate Blood
Global launch of the World Blood Donor Day 2010 will take place in Barcelona
Spain and the event is to be hosted by the Spanish and Catalonian Health Care
Authorities, the Spanish Red Cross and the Spanish and Catalonian donor
associations. Like every year, this year's event is also designed to support
blood transfusion services, blood donor organizations and NGOs, reinforcing
blood donor programs and campaigns in every country. Initiatives like the Young
Ambassadors' programs, Club 25, extensive media campaigns targeting young
audiences and other youth-oriented activities will hopefully, help infuse the
WBDD this year with "new blood."
only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I
will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
order to ensure universal access to safe blood and blood products, Youngsters
of the world, Unite, to donate blood.