Karl Landsteiner discovered the blood group system (A, B, O). Karl Landsteiner also won the Nobel Prize winner for the discovery of Blood group system.
The World Blood Donor Day is celebrated on June 14 every year; this day represents the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner.
The day, first celebrated in 2004, not only marks the birth anniversary of the Austrian biologist but also celebrates millions of people over the World who donated Blood that year, saving many lives.
The event is also observed to raise awareness about blood donation, and the need for donating safe Blood and its various products. The event is also marked as one of the eight global public health campaigns by WHO.
What is blood donation?
Blood donation is a voluntary procedure. You agree to have your blood drawn so that it can be given to someone who needs a blood transfusion. Millions of people need blood transfusion each year. Some may need blood during surgery.
A blood donation occurs when a person voluntarily has blood drawn and used for transfusions or made into biopharmaceutical medications by a process called fractionation (separation of whole blood components). Donation may be of whole blood (WB), or of specific components directly (the latter called aphaeresis).
Who is a blood donor?
A blood donor is a person or someone that voluntarily allows his or her blood to be drawn and used for transfusion or/and made into biopharmaceutical medications.
Facts about Blood donation:
Here are some facts that you probably didn’t know about.
- As many as 108 million donations come in every year.
- Interestingly, the highest blood donations come from high-income countries.
- AS many as 62 different countries in the World get their blood supply from unpaid voluntary donations.
- A single unit of Blood can help several patients in forms of its cells, plasma, platelets, etc.
- If only 1% of a nation’s population donates blood regularly, it can meet the requirement of the whole nation.
- In many countries like Sweden, voluntary donation is encouraged by sending a text message to the Donor every time their Blood is given to a patient.
World Blood Donor Day 2017
Theme: What can you do? Give blood. Give now. Give often?
This year’s theme for the event is “What can you do? Give blood. Give now. Give often?” The biggest crisis faced by Blood donation camps is when a natural disaster or an unfortunate event happens in the city. Most people at these occasions want to help but are unable to understand what they can do and how they can help. A nation-wide Blood donation drive at this point does save lives, but for many it could be too late.
That is why, the main agenda of this campaign is to let people understand that a disaster can strike any time and one shouldn’t wait for one to help others. The theme, thus, comes with a secondary message that says, “Give Blood. Give Now. Give Often.” You can donate Blood any time you want to and for as long as your body allows. It could save tons of lives.
What can you do for this event?
As the theme of the event has stated, you can donate blood. Many people get scared of giving blood because they feel it will affect them so most times they don’t. Blood donation is not a bad thing and cannot harm you if it is done right that is why below there are durations on how you can be a donor without being scared.
A healthy individual can donate their whole Blood once in every 24 weeks and their red blood cells once in 16 weeks. Apart from this, the individuals who donate their platelets can donate every 7 days and up to 24 times a year.
You can also participate in campaigns and spread awareness about Blood donation and safe blood transfusion along with this. The event also has many fund-raising campaigns for patients with several bloods based diseases like Thalassemia, Leukemia, etc. in which you can participate.
How is World Blood Donor Day 2017 going to be celebrated?
Normally, it is celebrated across the globe with many campaigns organized by different organizations like the Red Cross. These campaigns are set to spread awareness of blood donation and how it can save lives.
The campaigns also focus on safe blood transfusions as despite of over 108 million Blood donations a year, many are not done safely.
The patients, if not checked well, get infected Blood at times which worsens their condition. The campaign mainly consists of several rallies, videos, meetings, discussions, debates, articles in various newspapers, magazines and several relevant stories.
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