Someone needs blood every 2 seconds.
On average, 6.8M people in the U.S. donate blood each year. 38% are eligible, but less than 10% donate.
One in 7 people entering a hospital needs blood. One day, that may be you.
Your donation can save up to 3 lives.
Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.
Q: Why should I donate blood?
A: Safe blood saves lives and improves health.
Q: Who benefits from my blood donation(s)?
Blood transfusion is needed for:
women with complications of pregnancy, such as ectopic pregnancies and haemorrhage before, during or after childbirth;
children with severe anaemia often resulting from malaria or malnutrition;
people with severe trauma following man-made and natural disasters;
and many complex medical and surgical procedures and concern patients.
It is also needed for regular transfusions for people with conditions such as thalassaemia and sickle cell disease and is used to make products such as clotting factors for people with haemophilia.
Q: Why do I need to donate again if I already did?
There is a constant need for regular blood supply because blood can be stored for only a limited time before use. Regular blood donations by a sufficient number of healthy people are needed to ensure that safe blood will be available whenever and wherever it is needed.
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.
Q: How often can I donate?
Every 3 months.
Q: What can I do to help?
What can you do? Give blood. Give now. Give often.
Blood is an important resource, both for planned 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 con icts, etc.) and has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and perinatal care.
A blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in suf cient quantity is a key component of an effective health system.
Ensuring safe and sufficient blood supplies requires the development of a nationally coordinated blood transfusion service based on voluntary non-remunerated blood donations. However, in many countries, blood services face the challenge of making suf cient blood available, while also ensuring its quality and safety.
The lives and health of millions of people are affected by emergencies every year.
In the last decade, disasters have caused more than 1 million deaths, with more than 250 million people being affected by emergencies every year.
Natural disasters such as earthquakes, oods and storms create considerable needs for emergency health care, while at the same time, often destroying vital health facilities as well. Man-made disasters such as road accidents and armed con icts also generate substantial health care demands and the need for front-line treatment.
Blood transfusion is an essential component of emergency health care.
Emergencies increase the demand for blood transfusion and make its delivery challenging and complex.
Adequate supply of blood during emergencies requires a well- organized blood service, and this can only be ensured by engaging the entire community and a blood donor population committed to voluntary unpaid blood donation throughout the year.
Every single person can play in helping others in emergency situations, by giving the valuable gift of blood.
It is important to give blood regularly, so that the blood stock is sufficient before an emergency arises. The World Health Organization’s goal is to:
- encourage all people to strengthen the emergency preparedness of health services in their community by donating blood;
- engage authorities in the establishment of effective national blood donor programmes with the capacity to respond promptly to the increase in blood demand during emergencies;
- promote the inclusion of blood transfusion services in national emergency preparedness and response activities;
- build wider public awareness of the need for committed, year-round blood donation, in order to maintain adequate supplies and achieve a national self-sufficiency of blood;
- celebrate and thank individuals who donate blood regularly and to encourage young people to become new donors as well;
- promote international collaboration and to ensure worldwide dissemination of and consensus on the principles of voluntary non-remunerated donation, while increasing blood safety and availability.
- The host country for the global event of World Blood Donor Day 2017 is Viet Nam through its National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT).
- The Global event will be held in Hanoi on 14 June 2017
- More visit: http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-blood-donor-day/2017/en/
Take a break today. Give blood. It only takes 15 minutes.