All around the world, campaigns and promotional
activities in the last 10 years have been geared to promote voluntary, unpaid
blood donation from low risk populations and to encourage younger generations of
voluntary blood donors in order to maintain supplies of the safest blood
possible and save lives.
This year the international event will highlight the value of donated blood to
patients that not only saves lives, but also helps people live longer and live
more productive lives.
Fact Sheet on Blood Safety and Availability
There are around 92 million blood donations
every year and 50% of these blood donations are collected in high-income
countries that have only 15% of the world's population.
Around 8000 blood centers in 159 countries
report on blood donations. On an average, annual blood donations per blood
center in high-income countries is 30 000 versus 3700 in countries with low
Only 62 countries have national blood supplies
entirely from voluntary, unpaid blood donations. The WHO goal is for all
countries to collect all blood supplies from voluntary, unpaid donors by 2020.
39 countries in the list were unable to screen
all blood donations for one or more of these transfusion-transmissible infections: HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and
106 countries have national guidelines for
appropriate clinical use of blood. Only 13% of low-income countries have a
national hemovigilance system to monitor and improve safe blood transfusion.
Campaign for Blood Donation
The global event for this year's World Blood
Donor Day will be held in Paris, France, on 14 June 2013 with the French
national blood service hosting the gala event. In the run up to the big day,
the World Health Organization has designed promotional materials such as T
shirts, gift tags, mugs, caps, bumper stickers and pens, with files available
for download in different language versions. Hospitals, blood banks, blood
donor organizations and several NGOs all around the world have arranged for
poster contests, soccer matches, concerts and mobile blood donation clinics to
motivate more people to donate blood.
Some of us donate blood because a friend or a
relative needs it on a medical emergency, while some of us are part of a
voluntary program that encourages blood donation on a regular basis because it
is the right thing to do. Whatever the reason, voluntary, unpaid blood donation
is important because it ensures a healthy and reliable blood supply which is in
constant demand around the world for increasingly sophisticated clinical
The blood we donate can be used in safe blood
transfusions to save severely anemic women and children, accident victims with
excessive blood loss, surgical and cancer patients, people suffering from
thalassemia, hemophilia, sickle cell disease and similar blood disorders, who
need blood for routine transfusions and to make clotting factors to keep them
Many people are scared to donate blood for the
first time. It is just like a pinprick and soon after you donate blood, your
body will start replacing the blood you donated. Some people excuse themselves
from donating blood saying they are extremely busy. Remember, that by spending
ten minutes or less for donating blood, you can gift an entire lifetime to a
patient in urgent need of that blood transfusion.
Donate blood today. You'll feel good knowing you've done your bit to
help change a life.