Friday, August 6, 2021

World Blood Donation Day: Make a difference & save lives

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on 14 June, worldwide. The day holds critical imminence in public health as it creates awareness on the need to donate blood, to save lives.

Why is World Blood Donation Day celebrated?

Every drop of blood counts as every second, someone in India is in need of it! And, one donation can save multiple lives. However, to ensure that safe blood is accessible to all, countries need voluntary donors who donate blood regularly and free of cost.

Thus, the day is celebrated to raise awareness on the critical need to donate blood, by organizing awareness campaigns and blood donation drives. The Charitable trusts in India like the Red Cross Society play a vital role in creating awareness and organizing blood donation drives. It is also critical to debunk the myths related to blood donation in the low-lying areas of the country.

2021 Theme: “Give blood and keep the world-beating

The theme/slogan for 2021, for the World Blood Donor Day is “Give blood and keep the world-beating”.

The message seeks to highlight the essential contribution of blood donors in keeping the world pulsating by saving lives and contributing to improving others’ health. It reinforces the global call for people all over the world to donate blood regularly for the betterment of public health.

Tracing roots of the day:

World Blood Donor Day was first initiated in the year 2004, by the World Health Organization(WHO), to mark the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner.
In May 2005, WHO with its 192 member states established the World Blood Donor Day at the 58th World Health Assembly in order to motivate all the countries worldwide to thank blood donors for their precious contribution in saving the lives of people.

Impact of blood donation on public health:

Blood donation is useful in multiple health conditions like:

– Helps in sickle cell disease and in the fight against other illnesses that affects the blood
– Helps in the treatment of cancer
– Helps while undergoing cardiovascular or orthopedic surgery
– Helps in the treatment of an inherited blood disorder
– Helps while undergoing a transplant
– Helps in the treatments involving plasma or other blood products

Blood donation during Covid-19:

The Covid-19 virus has disrupted blood transfusion services worldwide.

The corporate & educational institutes were closed and it was highly unrealistic for Blood Transfusion Services (BTS) to arrange for outdoor blood donation drives.

However, despite this many voluntary donors came forward to donate blood plasma and help patients in their fight against the pandemic. National guidelines were set with restricted donor entry, stringent donor selection, & adequate sanitization strategies as the key steps to ensure the safety of donors.

Remember, you can donate blood after every 56 days, and every drop of it contributes to saving lives, thus donate as often as possible. Make a difference and save lives!

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