Coming Up | Saying thank you to blood donors

| Updated on June 05, 2020

The need for safe blood is universal and June 14 is marked by the World Health Organization as World Blood Donor Day.

Safe blood is critical both for treatments and urgent interventions. 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. Blood is also vital for treating the wounded during emergencies of all kinds (natural disasters, accidents, armed conflicts, etc.) and has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and neonatal care.

But access to safe blood is still a privilege of the few. Most low- and middle-income countries struggle to make safe blood available because donations are low and equipment to test blood is scarce. Globally, 42 per cent of blood is collected in high-income countries, which are home to only 16 per cent of the world’s population.

An adequate supply of safe blood can only be assured through regular donations by voluntary, unpaid blood donors. This is why the World Health Assembly, in 2005, designated a special day to thank blood donors and encourage more people to give blood freely.

Published on June 05, 2020

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