Today is World Blood Donor Day. Every year countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.
A blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity is a key component of an effective health system, according to World Health Organisation (WHO). The global theme of World Blood Donor Day changes each year in recognition of the selfless individuals who donate their blood for people unknown to them.
On World Blood Donor Day 2022, WHO is calling on people all around the globe to give blood in a gesture of solidarity.
Safe blood and blood products and their transfusion are a critical aspect of care and public health. They are key in treating people suffering from a range of diseases and as a result of accidents, natural disasters and armed conflict. The need for blood is universal, but access to it is limited – especially in low- and middle-income countries, where shortages particularly impact women and children as these tend to be the people who need blood most.
Becoming a regular voluntary blood donor is a simple but selfless step that everyone can take to strengthen their communities, support local health systems and save lives.
“Be reason that sustains heart beats. Many people need their hearts to continue beating but their heart beat is running low due to insufficient blood. Today is world blood donor day. Join the life-saving call by donating blood.”, reads a tweet by Uganda Red Cross Society today.
It may be mentioned that Mexico is hosting World Blood Donor Day 2022 through its National Blood Centre. The global event is being held in Mexico City. The World Health Organisation is playing an active role in this regard over the years now.
In Assam World Blood Danor Day MyGov Assam tweet, ” Besides saving precious lives, donating blood also has several health benefits. On #WorldBloodDonorDay, let us help spread awareness on the importance of blood donation.”
To ensure that everyone who needs transfusion has access to safe blood, all countries need voluntary, unpaid blood donors who give blood regularly. According to WHO, an effective blood donor programme, characterized by wide and active participation of the population, is crucial in meeting the need of blood transfusion during peace time as well as during emergencies or disasters, when there is a surge in demand for blood or when the normal operation of blood services is affected. While an enabling social and cultural atmosphere with strong solidarity facilitates development of an effective blood donor programme, it is also widely acknowledged that the act of blood donation contributes to generating social ties and building a united community.