World blood donor day (WBDD) is celebrated globally on June 14th. It is celebrated every year on the day of the birthday anniversary of Karl Landsteiner on 14 June 1868. World Blood Donor Day celebration brings a precious opportunity to all donors for celebrating it on the national and global level as well as to commemorate the birthday anniversary of the Karl Landsteiner (a great scientist who won the Nobel Prize for his great discovery of the ABO blood group system).
The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety, and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need.
Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. It also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and child care and during the emergency response to man-made and natural disasters.
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. An adequate supply can only be ensured through regular donations by voluntary, unpaid blood donors. However, in many countries, blood services face the challenge of making sufficient blood available, while also ensuring its quality and safety.
“Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life”
The theme of this year’s campaign is blood donation as an act of solidarity. It highlights the fundamental human values of altruism, respect, empathy, and kindness which underline and sustain voluntary unpaid blood donation systems. We have adopted the slogan, “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life”, to draw attention to the roles that voluntary donation systems play in encouraging people to care for one another and generate social ties and a united community.
The major aims of WHO on the campaign.
- To Provide a global platform to celebrate and thank individuals who donate blood voluntarily, for altruistic reasons and without any monetary reward.
- To Promote and support the establishment of effective national blood donor programmes and the elimination of a dependency on family/replacement and paid blood donation.
- To Promote the adoption of the Club 25 approach in an increased number of countries to encourage a commitment to regular, voluntary blood donation by young people at low risk of transmitting infection through their blood.
- To Promote and support national activities to celebrate and promote voluntary non-remunerated blood donation by encouraging existing low-risk voluntary donors to give blood regularly, encouraging new people to donate their blood on a voluntary unpaid basis
- To Promot low-risk behavior so that individuals protect their own health as well as being safe to donate blood.
- Build wider public awareness of the need for regular blood donation throughout the year in order to maintain an adequate supply of blood for all patients requiring transfusion.
- To highlight stories of people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, as a way of motivating regular blood donors to continue giving blood.
- To motivate people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so, particularly young people.
Activities may include commemorative events, meetings, publication of relevant stories, scientific conferences, publication of articles in national, regional and international scientific journals, and other activities that would help in promoting the theme of this year’s World Blood Donor Day. The host country for "World Blood Donor Day" 2018 events in Greece, through the Hellenic National Blood Centre. The global event will be held in Athens.