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“Safe blood Saves LIVES”: world blood donor day 2020

Be a blood donor, be a Hero – A real one.

14 JUNE: WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY is celebrated every year on this day to raise awareness about safe blood donations and to thank those who donate blood voluntary and save the lives of others.

On June 14, Nobel prize winner and scientist Karl Landsteiner was born. He has got the credit for finding the ABO blood group system. World Blood Donor Day is celebrated on the birthday of Karl Landsteiner,who discovered various blood groups.Before Carl detected blood groups, blood transfusions used to happen without knowing the various blood groups. This discovery made Karl Landsteiner win the Nobel Prize in the year 1930.

The theme for this year’s World Blood Donor Day is “Safe blood saves lives”with the slogan “Give blood and make the world a healthier place”. Every year, a host country is chosen to celebrate the National Blood Donation Day. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the WHO will conduct a global virtual campaign this year. The idea is to focus on the contribution an individual giver can make to improve health for others in the community.

Blood donation is voluntary, a noble deed and a great service which we can do for our fellow human beings. One donation of blood can save up to 5 lives. Blood transfusion helps patients in recovery and surgery, those who have platelet requirement, who have Hemophilia and ones undergoing organ transplantation or chemotherapy.

Benefits of donating blood:

  • Helps in controlling weight.
  • It keeps your liver healthy.
  • Keeps cancer away.
  • Helps in smooth blood circulation.
  • Helps in burning calories.

Blood donation has been compounded severely by the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown.In early April, the Indian Red Cross Society had raised an alarm that voluntary donation had fallen by almost 100%.This isn’t surprising, given that the number of Covid cases is rising, making infected people and those who come into contact with them ineligible to donate.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has now issued guidelines for safe donation of blood during the ongoing pandemic. Go through the guidelines on this website to know safe blood donation during covid pandemic-https://www.mohfw.gov.in › …PDF
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Advisory for Voluntary Blood Donation during COVID – MoHFW

The objectives of this year’s campaign are to:

  • celebrate and thank individuals who donate blood and encourage more people to start donating.
  • raise wider awareness of the urgent need to increase the availability of safe blood for use wherever and whenever it is needed to save life.
  • demonstrate the need for universal access to safe blood transfusion.
  • mobilize support at national, regional and global levels among governments and development partners to invest in.

For information on blood donation,visit-nbtc.naco.gov.in › faq
FAQs on Blood Donation – National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC) – MoHFW …

The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gift of blood and also to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood and blood products, as an integral part of universal health coverage and a key component of effective health systems,” the WHO states.

All blood types can donate blood and they can do it whenever required.“Spare only 15 minutes and save one life”.


World Blood Donor Day 2020

Today, WHO ( World Health Organization) and All countries celebrate World Blood Donor Day. This year’s theme is “Safe Blood Save lives” with the Slogan “Give blood and make the world healthier”. This event celebrates with a view to thank all selfless blood donors and encourage more people to Give blood freely. WHA (World Health Assembly) in 2005 designated this special day to create awareness among the people and it’s an initiative to increase blood banks in the world.

The history behind the date of celebration of WBD is the Nobel prize winner Scientist Karl Landsteiner. He has got the credit for finding the ABO blood group system. World Blood Donor Day is celebrated on the birthday of Karl Landsteiner which was on 14th June, who discovered various blood groups.

If your blood type is:O Positive, You can give to:O+, A+, B+, AB+ You can receive from :O+, O-

If your blood type is:A Positive , you can give to :A+, AB+ you can receive from : A+, A-, O+, O-

If your blood type is: B positive , you can give to : B+,AB+ you can receive from : B+,B-,O+,O

If your blood type is: AB+ you can r give to AB+ only you can receive from all

the criteria to donate blood:

The donor must be fit and healthy, and should not be suffering from transmittable diseases.

Age and weight- The donor must be 18–65 years old and should weigh a minimum of 50 kg.

Pulse rate- Between 50 and 100 without irregularities.

Hemoglobin level- A minimum of 12.5 g/dL.

Blood pressure- Diastolic: 50–100 mm Hg, Systolic: 100–180 mm Hg.

Body temperature- Should be normal, with an oral temperature not exceeding 37.5 °C.

The time period between successive blood donations should be more than 3 months.

The need for safe blood is universal. Safe blood is critical both for 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 donations are needed all over the worldto ensure individuals and communities have access to safe and quality-assured blood and blood products in both normal and emergency situations. Through the campaign, we call on more people all over the world to become life-savers by volunteering to donate blood regularly.

International organizations, including the World Health Organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations and the International Society of Blood Transfusion, among others, continue to work in close collaboration to provide guidance and support to their membership in this endeavour.

“Safe Blood Save lives”. “Give blood and make the world healthier”.