World Blood Donor Day is jointly coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) and the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations (IFODS).
Plenty of networking and campaigning events are the hall mark of the Day, world wide, as an effort to highlight the need to donate blood on a regular basis to replenish the depleting supply in hospitals, particularly in the developing countries.
It hopes to highlight the effort taken by health systems and policy-makers to make blood transfusions accessible and safe for all.
There is also an effort to identify healthy regular blood donors, and make them role models of health, to motivate others to become blood donors.
The theme for World Blood Donor Day 2011 is "More Blood. More Life
Out of the 80 nations with fewer than 10 donations per thousand people (low blood donation rates), 79 are developing nations.
This theme focuses on the urgent need for lot more people worldwide to become volunteer blood donors and save more lives.
Importance of Blood Donation
Blood transfusion is required for the following people --
• Surgical patients especially those with cancer
• Accident trauma patients
• Women with pregnancy-related complications such as hemorrhage and ectopic pregnancies
• Children with severe forms of anemia requiring blood transfusions
• People with conditions such as thalassaemia, sickle cell disease or haemophilia
Why demand for blood?
There is a constant need for regular blood supply because blood can be stored for only a limited period of time.
Due to its low shelf life there is a constant demand for blood, which is not matched by its supply.
Regular blood donations by adequate number of healthy donors are needed to ensure a regular stock of safe blood, whenever and wherever it is required.
Gift of Blood -Gift of Life
Blood is a precious gift that one can give another. It is a gift of life.
Paint the town red; become a blood donor - save lives!