New Delhi: Every year countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) on June 14. 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.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), the aim is to raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion and of the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems.
Safe blood and blood products and their transfusion are a critical aspect of care and public health.
They save millions of lives and improve the health and quality of life of many patients every day. The need for blood is universal, but access to blood for all those who need it is not.
World Blood Donor Day Significance Amid COVID-19
To ensure that everyone who needs safe blood has access to it, all countries need voluntary, unpaid donors who give blood regularly.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, despite limited mobility and other challenges, blood donors in many countries have continued to donate blood and plasma to patients who need transfusion.
As per WHO, this extraordinary effort during a time of unprecedented crisis highlights the crucial role of well-organized, committed voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors in ensuring a safe and sufficient blood supply during normal and emergency times.
World Blood Donor Day 2021 Theme
For 2021, the World Blood Donor Day slogan will be “Give blood and keep the world beating”.
The message highlights the essential contribution blood donors make to keeping the world pulsating by saving lives and improving others’ health.
It reinforces the global call for more people all over the world to donate blood regularly and contribute to better health.
Host for World Blood Donor Day 2021 Events
Italy will host World Blood Donor Day 2021 through its National Blood Centre. The global event will be held in Rome on 14 June 2021.