• World Blood Donor Day builds on the success of World Health Day 2000.
  • Donating blood not only provides help to others; it can result in physical and mental health benefits to the donor.
  • The most precious gift that we humans can give each other is the donation of blood.


World Blood Donor Day builds on the success of World Health Day 2000, which was devoted to the theme "Blood Saves Lives. Safe Blood Starts With Me". The enthusiasm and energy with which this day was celebrated was a powerful and positive response to the opportunity to thank the millions of people who give the precious gift of life through their donation of blood every year. It also builds on International Blood Donor Day organized annually by the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations since 1995.

The aim of designating this annual day and linking it to a global celebration was to promote voluntary non-remunerated blood donation throughout the world. By designating one special day to celebrate the role of voluntary blood donors around the world, it is hoped that a new generation of blood donors will follow their example, providing sufficient supplies of the safest blood possible for use wherever and whenever it is needed to save lives.

Donated blood helps huge amounts of people successfully recover from injury and illness. For those who are willing, and meet the blood donation requirements, the act of donating blood not only provides help to others; it can result in physical and mental health benefits to the donor.Research has begun to indicate that donating blood can help reduce excess levels of iron in the blood. Excess blood iron can be dangerous, as it has been linked to increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Women of child-bearing age reduce their iron levels each month through menstruation. Men and post-menopausal women, however, do not experience this regular purging of iron, which may be a contributing factor in the higher rates of heart disease in these populations. Donors should not be concerned about losing too much iron, as prior to each donation, a test in conducted to be sure the donor's levels are not too low.

The most precious gift that we humans can give each other is the donation of blood, a gift that can save lives and give a new lease of life to many persons in need. The World Health Organization in league with international blood donor agencies recognizes and in appreciation of blood donors, who are voluntary and unpaid, celebrates the World Blood Donor Day on June 14th every year. This day also marks the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, who discovered the ABO blood group system and was awarded the Nobel Prize for it. The day also focuses on the importance of donating blood, motivating more people to donate blood and the need to clear misconceptions about blood donations. The day also emphasizes the need for blood especially in developing countries where there are fewer than 10 donations per thousand people and the need for blood is high

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