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World blood donor day 2019: Safe blood for all

To acknowledge value of blood donors, World Health Organisation (WHO) organises World blood donor day on 14 June every year.

Jun 14, 2019 09:36 IST
World blood donor day 2019

June 14: World blood donor day 2019

Every year millions of blood transfusions take place that save millions of lives. To acknowledge value of blood donors, World Health Organisation (WHO) organises World blood donor day on 14 June every year. This year WHO event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and also to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood.

World blood donor day 2019 theme

The theme of this year’s campaign is blood donation and universal access to safe blood transfusion, as a component of achieving universal health coverage. We have developed the slogan “Safe blood for all” to raise awareness of the universal need for safe blood in the delivery of health care and the crucial roles that voluntary donations play in achieving the goal of universal health coverage. 

The theme strongly encourages more people all over the world to become blood donors and donate blood regularly – actions which are key to building a strong foundation of sustainable national blood supplies that are sufficient to meeting the needs of all patients requiring transfusion.

Host country for World blood donor day 2019

The host country for World Blood Donor Day 2019 is Rwanda. The global event will be held in Kigali, Rwanda on 14 June 2019. WHO says that Rwanda provides an example that should be emulated if the world is to have enough safe blood and blood products for everyone in need. Rwanda’s policy since 1985 is that blood must be donated by unpaid volunteers and provided to patients in need free-of-charge. Donors around Rwanda are eager to help.

Objectives of this year’s campaign are:

•    To celebrate and thank individuals who donate blood and to encourage those who have not yet donated blood to start donating;
•    To highlight the need for committed, year-round blood donation, to maintain adequate supplies and achieve universal and timely access to safe blood transfusion;
•    To focus attention on donor health and the quality of donor care as critical factors in building donor commitment and a willingness to donate regularly;
•    To demonstrate the need for universal access to safe blood transfusion and provide advocacy on its role in the provision of effective health care and in achieving the goal of universal health coverage;
•    To mobilize support at national, regional and global levels among governments and development partners to invest in, strengthen and sustain national blood programmes.

Background

World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on the birth anniversary (14 June, 1868) of Karl Landsteiner. First celebration was initiated and established on 14 June, 2004 by the "World Health Organisation, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies” with an aim to raise public awareness about the need for safe blood donation voluntarily and unpaid by the healthy person.

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