During the global pandemic, People did their best to help each other in every term. One of them was donating their blood/plasma without any cost even in these hard times and the ones who could not do that tried to being an intermediator between a needy and a donor. 14th June is for those heroes who did their best to save someone’s life. Safe blood & blood products and their transfusion are a crucial aspect of care and public health and World blood donor day celebrated on 14th June is a tribute and a step to motivate every blood donor for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. It is one of 11 official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner to give respect and honor; he is the one who discovered ABO blood group system.
World blood donor day: Many drives, workshops and awareness camps are held to make people more aware of the process and its importance. WHO organizes theme and slogan for the day to make it more memorable and inspire people. For 2022 the slogan will be “Give blood and keep the world beating”. This gives message to every individual that a blood donor could save several lives and help this world survive.
Who can give blood
If you’re in the age group 18-65 years and physically fit with at least a body weight of 50 kgs, and if you do not have a cold, flu, sore throat, cold sore, stomach bug or any other infection, you can donate blood. If you have recently had a tattoo or body piercing you cannot donate for 6 months from the date of the procedure (if done by a registered health professional and any inflammation has settled completely, you can donate blood after 12 hours). If you have visited the dentist for a minor procedure you must wait 24 hours before donating; wait for a month for major work. you’d meet the minimum haemoglobin level for blood donation:
Objectives of World blood donor day 2021 campaign
1. Thank every blood donor and create awareness for the need of regular and unpaid donor.
2. Promote the community values of blood donation in enhancing community solidarity and social cohesion.
3. Encourage youth to embrace the humanitarian call to donate blood and inspire others to do the same.
4. Celebrate the potential of youth as partners in promoting health.
Italy will get the golden opportunity to host World Blood Donor Day 2021 on 14th June through its National Blood Centre in Rome.
– Kriti Jain