It is the need of the hour to have voluntary blood donors for the supply of blood in abundance for the needy. Also, blood donation has several health benefits for the donors
June 14 is observed as the World Blood Donor Day. This day is celebrated to thank voluntary blood donors for giving a gift of life to those suffering from blood loss. This year’s theme ‘Blood Donation and Universal Access To Safe Blood Transfusion’ is aimed towards sensitising people about the safe practices carried out in blood transfusion, making it available for all. The worldwide slogan for this day is ‘Safe Blood for All’. This day is aimed at encouraging younger and new donors to donate blood. Following are some of the factors that should be kept in mind while donating blood:
As per WHO, 108 million blood donors donate blood globally. Out of these, half of these are in high-income countries. With the growing awareness, there was a rise of 11.6 million donations from unpaid donors from 2008 to 2015. There are three types of blood donors – Voluntary, replacement and paid. It is WHOs constant endeavour to bring in more and more donors from the world over to donate blood voluntarily. Every year, WHO has a different theme to spread awareness about this day. Last year’s theme was all about thanking, acknowledging and encouraging blood donors. The theme ‘Blood Connect Us All’ referred to the care given to the donors worldwide.
Voluntary blood donation is a social cause and should be encouraged in all forms. It is essential to take proper care before and after blood donation. Following are some of the tips for first-time blood donors to follow for a safe and healthy blood donation:
Blood transfusion should be done carefully as it can lead to life-threatening infections, namely HIV and hepatitis. It is essential that one takes all possible precautions before and after donating blood and also at the time of blood transfusion. The following people cannot donate blood:
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