World Blood Donor Day 2021 - History and Importance
World Blood Donor Day 2021 – History and Importance
World Blood Donor’s Day
Every year on June 14th, the World Health Organization (WHO) commemorates World Blood Donor Day. This day is observed to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation and to honour the contributions of unpaid blood donors in saving lives.
Every year, different countries host World Blood Donor Day. Italy will host the event this year, which will take place on June 14, 2021, in Rome.
This day is observed to create awareness about the value of blood donation and to recognise the commitment of voluntary unpaid blood donors in saving lives.
History about World Blood Donor’s Day
WHO commemorated the first World Blood Donor Day in 2004 and designated it at an annual global event at the 58th World Health Assembly in 2005. The day commemorates the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner, an Austrian biologist, and physician. He is credited with inventing modern blood transfusion.
Importance of World Blood Donor Day’s
The goal is to raise global awareness of the need for healthy blood and blood products for transfusion, as well as the vital role that volunteer blood donors play in national health systems.
The day also serves as a call to action for governments and national health authorities to allocate sufficient resources and implement mechanisms and infrastructures to promote blood collection from voluntary donors.
Safe blood and blood products, as well as their transfusion, are essential components of patient treatment and public health. Every day, they save millions of lives while also improving the health and quality of life of many people. Although there is a universal need for blood, not everyone has access to it. In poor countries, blood shortages are particularly severe.
Every government requires regular, unpaid blood donors to ensure that everyone who requires safe blood has access to it. Despite limited mobility and other limitations, blood donors in many nations continued to donate blood and plasma to patients who needed transfusions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This amazing effort in the midst of an unusual catastrophe emphasises the critical importance of well-organized, dedicated voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors in guaranteeing a safe and sufficient blood supply in both normal and emergency situations.
The message emphasises the vital role blood donors play in keeping the world pulsing by saving lives and boosting the health of others. It reaffirms the worldwide call for more people to donate blood on a regular basis and contribute to better health.
The importance of young people in ensuring a healthy blood supply will be a major feature of this year’s campaign. Young people have been at the forefront of actions and efforts in several countries focused at ensuring safe blood supplies through voluntary, unpaid blood donations. In many societies, young people make up a major portion of the population and are generally full of optimism and enthusiasm.
The campaign’s specific goals this year are to:
thank blood donors around the world and raise public awareness about the importance of regular, unpaid blood donation;
Encourage kids to give ears to the humanitarian appeal to donate blood and to motivate their nears and dears to do so;
identify the budding youth as partners in health promotion;
blood donation should be promoted in the society in encouraging community solidarity and social cohesion;
World Blood Donor Day initiatives
The participation and support of one and all will help to guarantee that World Blood Donor Day 2021 has a bigger impact, raising awareness that giving blood is a life-saving act of solidarity and that services that provide safe blood and blood products are an important part of every health-care system. At all levels, interested partners are encouraged to participate.
The importance of blood donation has been highlighted once again in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak. Despite limited mobility and other problems, blood donors in several nations, particularly India, have continued to donate blood and plasma to patients who require transfusions throughout the pandemic.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Union health ministry stopped the use of convalescent plasma for Covid-19 from their clinical treatment protocols in the previous month because The Lancet published the results of the RECOVERY clinical study. Blood infusions of plasma with a higher quantity of antibodies did not improve the recipient’s prospects, according to the medical publication.
Patients with other life-threatening medical illnesses, such as thalassemia, anaemia, and blood cancers, require this important medical treatment at a time when hospital infrastructure is swamped with Covid cases. Postpartum haemorrhage is one of the most common preventable causes of maternal death in most cases. Blood shortages also impact women during childbirth.
Takshila learning marks the world blood donor’s day by bringing out the importance of saving lives through few drops of blood. People of the country, specially the youth need to come forward to promote the global initiative which is: Give blood and keep every heart beating. Takshila learning stands by this initiative and puts in efforts to spread awareness regarding the same.
Takshila learning celebrates World Blood Donor’s Day