World Blood Donor Day

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AKA NameDía Mundial Del Donante De Sangre
Hashtags#WorldBloodDonorDay, #DonateBlood, #BloodDonorDay
Related Hashtags#Blooddonation
2023 Date14 June 2023
2024 Date14 June 2024
World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day History

World Blood Donor Day raises awareness for the need for blood and blood products (plasma, red cells, and platelets) around the world. Donated blood and blood products make surgeries possible, lessen the gravity of humanitarian and natural disasters, and can help just about anyone in need. Blood and its products are collected from donors who are willing to roll up their sleeves to donate approximately one-fifth of their blood. So, World Blood Donor Day is just as much a celebration of blood as it is of blood donors who give their life-saving gift to help unknown people in need.

The event began in 2004 and has been growing in popularity ever since. World Blood Donor Day is celebrated annually on June 14th, a date chose as it is the birthday of Nobel Prize winning scientist Karl Landsteiner who discovered the ABO blood group system.

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World Blood Donor Day Facts & Quotes

  • The NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) of England collected about 1.7 million blood donations In 2021.
  • The theme for World Blood Donor Day in 2021 was Give blood and keep the world beating.
  • In 2021, some of the rarest blood types in the UK were:
    • O positive: 35%
    • O negative: 13%
    • A positive: 30%
    • A negative: 8%
    • B positive: 8%
    • B negative: 2%
    • AB positive: 2%
    • AB negative: 1%
  • According to the American Red Cross, donors can donate whole blood every 56 days, platelets every 7 days (up to 24 times a year), plasma every 28 days (up to 38 times a year) and double red cells every 112 days.
  • Today, only 62 countries get close to 100% of their national blood supplies from voluntary unpaid blood donations, with 40 countries still dependent on family donors and even paid donors. - World Health Organization

World Blood Donor Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Give the gift of life. If you are an eligible donor, you can donate blood at many centres throughout your city or country. Search online to find your nearest centre.
  • Revaluate your diet. In order to donate, you must have sufficient iron in your blood and once you have donated, iron will have been removed from your body. Add some food rich in iron to your diet. Food such as red meats, seafood, green leafy vegetables and beans are known to be rich in iron.
  • Find out what blood type you are! There are 8 types, with AB being the rarest (only 4% of the world population has it) and either a positive or a negative factor (the negative being the recessive and more rare factor).
  • Check out the documentary The Blood in This Town (2010) or Blood (Krov) (2013) to see some life-changing stories about blood donation in the US and Russia.

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