World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) is held on June 14 each year. The event was organised for the first time in 2005, by a joint initiative of the World Health Organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood. World Blood Donor Day is one of 11 official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Chagas Disease Day, World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Patient Safety Day, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Hepatitis Day, World Antimicrobial Awareness Week and World AIDS Day.
2020:Safe Blood Saves Lives Edit The theme for Blood Donation Day 2020 was ‘Safe Blood Saves Lives’. The Slogan of “Blood Donation Day 2020” was ‘Give Blood And Make The World A Healthier Place’.This year WHO announced a virtual rally for Covid-19 pandemic.2019: Safe Blood for All Edit The theme for Blood Donation Day in 2019 was ‘Safe Blood For All’.2018: Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life Edit The theme for Blood Donation Day in 2018 was “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life.”2017: Give Blood. Give Now. Give Often Edit The theme for Blood Donation Day in 2017 focused on blood donation in emergency situations. The first response when an emergency happens is “What Can You Do?” and the answer is “Give Blood. Give Now. Give Often” which is taken by World Health Organization.The campaign theme for this year’s World Blood Donor Day is “Safe blood saves lives” with the slogan “Give blood and make the world a healthier place”. The idea is to focus on the contribution an individual giver can make to improve health of others in the community.You must be in good health at the time you donate. You cannot donate if you have a cold, flu, sore throat, cold sore, stomach bug or any other infection. If you have recently had a tattoo or body piercing you cannot donate for 6 months from the date of the procedure.The theme for Blood Donor Day 2020 is “Blood donation and universal access to safe blood transfusion” to achieve universal health coverage. The slogan for the campaign is “Safe blood for all” to raise awareness about the universal need for safe blood in the delivery of health care.For emergency transfusions, blood group type O negative blood is the variety of blood that has the lowest risk of causing serious reactions for most people who receive it. Because of this, it’s sometimes called the universal blood donor type.Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person — the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components — red cells, platelets and plasma — which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions.Health benefits of donating blood include good health and reduced risk of cancer and hemochromatosis. It helps in reducing the risk of damage to liver and pancreas. Donating blood may help in improving cardiovascular health and reducing obesity.Other reasons you may not be able to donate blood: You’ve experienced hepatitis or jaundice in the last year. You’ve had certain types of cancer, or are being treated for cancer. Blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease disqualify you from donating, to protect both donor and recipient.On 1 October every year, National Voluntary Blood Donation Day is observed in India since 1975 to encourage healthy people to donate blood.The most recognised and studied long term complication is iron deficiency, more frequently associated with whole blood donation . The collection of 450 or 500 mL of whole blood, plus an additional 30 to 50 mL for blood tests, results in 480 to 550 mL of blood loss per whole-blood donation.