Every year, on 14 June, countries from all across the world celebrate the World Blood Donor Day.
The day is the combination of events for saying thank you to those unpaid blood donors for saving others life without their own benefits.
These blood donors offer life-saving gifts to patients as well as raise awareness regarding the need for regular blood donations for safety, quality, and availability of blood and blood products for patients who are in need.
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Every year, the transfusion of blood and blood products mainly helps in saving millions of lives. Moreover, it can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions and provide them with a higher quality of life.
These unknown donors support complex medical and surgical procedures through the donation of blood. They play a life-saving role in maternal and child care as well as in emergency response to natural and man-made disasters.
It is a service that gives several patients access to safe and healthy blood and blood products in sufficient quantity which is also a key component of an effective healthcare system.
Enough supply of blood can only be ensured through regular donations by voluntary and unpaid blood donors.
Nevertheless, in several countries, these blood services face challenges in making sufficient blood availability for patients, while also ensuring its safety and quality.
For World Blood Donor Day in 2018, the host country is Greece, there are several events through the Hellenic National Blood Centre.
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The Theme of World Blood Donor Day 2018:
This year’s theme of World Blood Donor Day is “blood donation as an act of solidarity.” The aim of the theme is to highlight the fundamental human values of respect, altruism, empathy, and kindness which sustain voluntary unpaid blood donation systems.
Through the campaign, this year’s events will highlight stories of people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, for motivating blood donation and regular blood donors to continue with giving blood as well as to motivate good health people for blood donation, particularly the youth.
Some of the activities of the World Blood Donor Day 2018 campaign are commemorative events, publication of relevant stories, scientific conferences, meetings, publication of articles in scientific journals, and other activities that will promote the theme of World Blood Donor Day 2018.
The Objectives of World Blood Donor Day 2018:
There are several objectives of this year’s campaign including;
- To celebrate and giving thank you to each individual who donates blood.
- To encourage those young and healthy people who have not yet donated blood.
- To raise awareness regarding blood donation as well as its benefits for the society.
- To highlight the need for committed and year-round blood donation from healthy people in order to maintain the adequate supplies and to achieve national self-sufficiency of blood.
- To focus on blood donation and its importance in a healthcare system.
- To support the community values of blood donation for enhancing social cohesion and community solidarity.
- The day also helps in promoting the international collaboration through blood donation for increasing availability and safety of blood.
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