Every year, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day on June 14. The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need.
Blood is the gift of life, a precious gift that anyone can give to another person. Your blood donation can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components of red cells, platelets and plasma, which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions.
Transfusion of blood and blood products helps patients suffering from life-threatening conditions and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. Since blood can be stored for only a limited time before use, there is a constant need for regular blood supply. Regular blood donations are needed to ensure that safe blood will be available whenever and wherever it is needed.
However, in many countries, demand exceeds supply, and blood services face the challenge of making sufficient blood available, while also ensuring its quality and safety. An adequate supply can only be assured through regular donations by voluntary, unpaid blood donors. The World Health Organization's (WHO) goal is for all countries to obtain all their blood supplies from voluntary, unpaid donors by 2020. 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.
BLOOD DONATION FACTS:
- A single unit of blood can benefit several patients
- 108 million blood donations are collected globally, half of these are in high-income countries
- Blood donation by 1% of the population can meet a nation's most basic requirements for blood
- 62 countries collect 100% of their blood supply from voluntary, unpaid blood donors.
Quick is proud to support the life science community with the transportation of life-saving organs, tissue and blood throughout the world. Learn more about how you can register to donate, contribute, or spread the word: http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-blood-donor-day/2016/event/en/