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World Blood Donor Day 2018

June 17th marks World Blood Donor Day 2018 which is celebrated annually by the international health community. Blood donation is an essential way for patients to receive a blood transfusion and blood products. It saves lives. So let’s celebrate the millions of volunteers around the world who donate their blood. World Blood Donor Day is also an opportunity to raise awareness around the need for blood donation.

Why is World Blood Donor Day 2018 Important?

Blood donation literally saves millions of lives every year. The people who most need blood are women with complications during pregnancy, children with severe anemia, people who suffer trauma after accidents, as well as patients undergoing complex medical procedures. And the only way to supply 100% of the blood need is through voluntary and free donations. Today, blood donation rates are higher in high-income countries that also have a lower population. In developing countries, we often see a shortage of blood, particularly for emergency procedures. World Blood Donor Day is an opportunity to raise awareness around this issue and promote more and safer blood donation. At the same time, it’s a day when we can celebrate blood donors around the world. You are saving lives!

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Events on World Blood Donor Day 2018

Greece is the host country for World Blood Donor Day 2018. Therefore, the global event will take place in Athens on June 14th, and the Hellenic National Blood Centre is the principal organization in charge of events. In the Americas, the regional host country is the Dominican Republic in recognition that it established the first regional blood center. All events that will take place around the world will focus on one shared theme: Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life. So, the best way to participate in World Blood Donor Day is by donating blood yourself. Locate a clinic near you that has a blood drive and share life! Also, you can encourage others to do so and raise awareness about the day. The World Health Organization has a number of resources available online.

Who can donate blood?

Almost everyone can donate blood. Some of the basic requirements include being in good health, over the age of 16, and weighing more than 110 pounds. However, each country, and often each state, will have specific regulations on blood donation. Health centers will also have screening procedures in place to test the blood before it is used. Typically, if you choose to donate, you will need to fill out a questionnaire first. Because screening can be expensive, blood donation centers will make inquiries to ensure that it is safe for you to donate. For example, the WHO has a set of suggested guidelines for selecting blood donors.

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