World Blood Donor Day


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


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Background

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.


Themes

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.


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