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World Blood Donor Day: History, Importance and Theme 2022

Every year on June 14th, World Blood Donor Day is commemorated to raise awareness about the importance of safe blood and blood products for transfusion. The day also recognises the selfless and voluntary contributions of those who donate blood to national health systems.

History of World Blood Donor Day 2022 

Karl Landsteiner was born on June 14, 1868, and World Blood Donor Day is commemorated on his birthday. He was given the Nobel Prize for discovering the ABO blood type system, which he made a significant contribution to the field of medicine. For the first time in 2004, WHO commemorated World Blood Donor Day to encourage individuals from all countries to donate blood in order to save lives.

Importance of World Blood Donor Day

People with blood and bone marrow disorders, hereditary haemoglobin disorders, and immune-deficient conditions benefit from blood and blood products, as do women suffering from bleeding during pregnancy and childbirth, victims of trauma, emergencies, disasters, and accidents. Blood plays an important role in saving patients related to diseases mentioned above so blood donation becomes an important factor.

Significance of World Blood Donor Day

The World Health Organization (WHO) established World Blood Donor Day to assist national blood transfusion services and blood donor organisations in strengthening and expanding voluntary blood donor programmes through national and local campaigns.

Mexico is hosting the international event this year. Today, they will host the event through their National Blood Center. Blood is required all across the world, and many low and middle-income countries are currently experiencing scarcity.

Theme of World Blood Donor Day 2022 

The theme for World Blood Donor Day this year is “Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives”.Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) chooses a theme for World Blood Donor Day to emphasise the importance of voluntary blood donation in saving lives and building community togetherness.

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