Date: June 14
Organized By: UN, WHO
Categories: General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance
Suggested For: Civil Services Exam, Bank Exams, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams
Every year June 14 is observed as World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). This day is observed 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. The date is the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner (birth date 14 June 1868) who won the Nobel Prize for his great discovery of the ABO blood group system.
World Blood Donor Day was first initiated and celebrated by “the Word Health organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies” in the year 2004. The goal of WHO is by 2020 all countries to obtain all their blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors.
2017: Give blood. Give now. Give often
2016: Blood connects us all
2015: Thank you for saving my life
2014: Safe blood for saving mothers
2013: Give the gift of life: Donate blood
2012: Every blood donor is a hero
2011: More blood, more life
2010: New Blood for the World
2009: Achieving 100 per cent non-remunerated donation of blood and blood components
2008: Giving blood regularly
2007: Safe Blood for Safe Motherhood
2006: Commitment to Ensure Universal Access to Safe Blood
2005: Celebrating your gift of blood
2004: Blood Saves Lives. Safe Blood Starts With Me
Actions and Programs
There were many programs and events conducted across the world by different organizations, NGOs, hospitals, school and college levels, government and local bodies, etc. to mark this day. The programs include meeting, scientific conferences, blood donation camps, seminars, discussions, exhibitions, street plays, publishing articles on different Medias and social media, etc.