World Blood Donation Day 2022; Know the history, Theme and the importance of the day

Every year, World Blood Donotion Day is observed on June 14 with an aim to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion. By performing transfusions, every day millions of lives are saved with safe blood and blood products. The necessity of donating blood for those who are in need has thus been observed on this day. A lack of blood in the human body can result in amenia, which can lead to pregnancy troubles, heart problems, weariness, and, in the worst-case situation, death. Thsi time, the World Blood Donation Day 2022 marks 2 years since the Covid-19 pandemic.

History

For the first time, World Blood Donotion Day was commemorated by the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 2005.  marks the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner who received the Nobel Prize for discovering the ABO blood type system. 

Theme 

Every year, a theme will be announced by the WHO to raise awareness about blood donation and the importance of the day. This year, the theme is ‘Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and help save lives.’ It will emphasize how voluntary blood donations save lives and strengthen community cohesion. This year’s campaign objectives are- Thank blood donors around the world and create public awareness of the need for regular, unpaid blood donations, Raise awareness of the need for increased investment and support from governments to build a national blood system and increase collection. 

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Importance of the day

Raise awareness of the need for increased investment and support from governments to build a national blood system and increase collection. 

Blood and blood products are essential resources for effective management of women suffering from bleeding associated with pregnancy and childbirth, children suffering from severe anemia due to malaria and malnutrition. It is also important in patients with blood and bone marrow disorders inherited disorders of hemoglobin and immune-deficiency conditions, victims of trauma, emergencies, disasters, and accidents as well as patients undergoing advanced medical and surgical procedures. The need for blood is universal, but access to blood for all those who need it is not. Blood shortages are particularly acute in low- and middle-income countries.