World Blood donor day falls on 14th June every year and is basically an event which was established to raise knowledge and awareness about the importance of donating blood. The event was first observed in 2004 and is an official global public health campaign recognised by the World Health organization (WHO). It is one among the 8 such campaigns, the rest of which include World Malaria Day, World Hepatitis Day, World Tuberculosis Day, World Aids Day, World health day, World Immunization day and World No Tobacco Day.
World Blood Donor Day marks the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner on 14th June 1868. Karl Landsteiner was the Nobel Prize winner for the discovery of the ABO blood group system. It is a well known fact that blood donation and transfusion help to save lives of millions of people. There are many life threatening diseases and conditions which can be tackled by the process of transfusion and blood products. Blood donation can play an important role in perinatal and maternal care since adequate amounts of blood can help to reduce chances of death both after childbirth and during delivery.
While it is true that World Blood Donor day is celebrated once a year but the awareness about the importance of blood donation is not limited to a mere day. As responsible citizens, it is our duty towards others to donate blood. It is a fact that about 62 countries collect 100% of their blood from unpaid and voluntary blood donors. If only 1% of the entire world population donates blood, then the collected blood supply can meet the basic requirements for this essential element of life. Therefore we must remember to make our contribution in whatever little way and as frequently as possible.
World Blood donor day is also celebrated every year as a token of gratitude towards all those across the world who participate in the unselfish act of donating blood. The day thus encourages people to care for each other and motivates medical associations to organize blood donation camps to collect blood. In several countries, blood donors receive text messages from the receivers on this day and several events across the world are organized to spread awareness on this practice. It won’t be wrong to say that blood donation is equivalent to sharing life. So what are you waiting for? Donate blood, share life, save lives!