Its time to roll up your sleeves and save a life – World Blood Donor Day 2020

Your little effort can give others second chance to live life.

Donating blood is one of the greatest ways to help humankind. By doing so, we save someone’s precious life, and that is a blessing in itself. 

On 14th June every year the world celebrates World blood donor day also known as WBDD  to raise awareness about safe blood donations and to thank those who voluntarily donate blood to save the lives of others.

This day is celebrated to mark the birthday anniversary of scientist Karl Landsteiner who won the  Nobel Prize for his discovery of the ABO blood group system. Before Carl detected blood groups, blood transfusions used to happen without knowing the various blood groups

2020 WBDD Theme

World blood donor day is marked as a global public health campaign by WHO. Every year there is a theme made for the day and this year’s World Blood Donor Day theme is ‘‘Safe blood saves lives’‘ with the tagline ”Give blood and make the world a healthier place”.

In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, the WHO will conduct a global virtual campaign this year with the objective to focus on the contribution an individual giver can make to improve health for others in the community.

Is it safe to donate while you are MENSTRUATING ?

It’s understandable where the idea comes from: your body is losing blood during menstruation already and you worry for your own health if you volunteer to give even more. But regular menstruation does not affect your ability to donate. You can safely donate blood during your period if it is required and your period will not be affected by the donation.

What to know before you donate blood:

  • The donor must be fit and healthy, and should not be suffering from transmittable diseases.
  • Age and weight- The donor must be 18–65 years old and should weigh a minimum of 50 kg.
  • Pulse rate- Between 50 and 100 without irregularities.
  • Hemoglobin level- A minimum of 12.5 g/dL.
  • Blood pressure- Diastolic: 50–100 mm Hg, Systolic: 100–180 mm Hg.
  • Body temperature- Should be normal, with an oral temperature not exceeding 37.5 °C.
  • The time period between successive blood donations should be more than 3 months

DONATE BLOOD AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE !

Donating blood is one of the most common ways people choose to give back to their societies . Despite the high demand and the general recognition of its importance, only about a fourth of the people who are able to donate blood do. Many people are not aware of just how important blood donations can be.  Approximately one of every seven people admitted to the hospital need blood. There are a lot of health benefits of donating blood :

  1. Giving blood can reveal potential health problems
  2. Giving blood can reduce harmful iron stores
  3. Giving blood can help your liver stay healthy
  4. Giving blood can help your mental state

The health benefits of donating blood are considerable—but of course, the most important part of the process is helping to save lives.

It’s time to roll your sleeves and save a life.Just 1 unit of your blood can save 3 lives. So why not take this day as an opportunity and make a difference in the society by acting responsibly.