Donate blood and save a life

2016-06-08 06:00
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EVERY DAY, thousands of people around the world need blood during a medical emergency.

Withouth the support of voluntary blood donors, it would not be possible to help these patients. To thank these voluntary blood donors, World Blood Donors Day is celebrated every year on 14 June.

Apart from thanking the blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood, the day also raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure quality, safety and availability of blood for patients in need.

Blood transfusions can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions to live longer and with a higher quality of life, and it also supports complex medical and surgical procedures. It also has an essential, life-saving role in maternity situations and child-care and during man-made and natural disasters.

However, in many countries, demand exceeds the 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 aim of the the World Health Organization (WHO) is for all countries to obtain all their blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors by 2020. Today, in just 62 countries, national blood supplies are based on close to 100% voluntary unpaid blood donations, with 40 countries still dependent on family donors and even paid donors. – www.who.int

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