Donors celebrated

2016-06-08 06:00
DONATE blood to help save lives. You never know when you yourself might need blood in a medical emergency. Photo: Supplied

DONATE blood to help save lives. You never know when you yourself might need blood in a medical emergency. Photo: Supplied

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WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY is celebrated every year on 14 June by many people in countries around the world.

This international day is celebrated on the birthday anniversary of Karl Landsteiner, who was born on 14 June 1868. Landsteiner was a scientist who won the Nobel Prize for his great discovery of the ABO blood group system.

The focus on World Blood Donor Day was initiated in 2004 by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

With the celebration of this day, the organisations motivate all the countries worldwide to thank blood donors for their precious support.

World Blood Donor Day aims to raise public awareness about the need for safe blood donation Z voluntarily and unpaid by the healthy person.

It further aims to promote voluntary, safe and unpaid blood donations to ensure sufficient blood supplies.

Blood donors are the key role players, as they donate life-saving blood to the person in need.

Why blood donors are so important

Informing and motivating people to become blood donors saves millions of lives annually.

Blood transfusions help patients who suffer from a variety of life-threatening health conditions and it stimulates them to live a longer and a quality life.

It also solves many complex medical and surgical procedures all around the world.

The campaign also plays a great life-saving role in the care of women during and after pregnancy.

Medical emergency places that do not have an adequate blood supply face life-threatening challenges during the arrangement of sufficient blood for the donation.

An adequate supply of blood can only be fulfilled by regular and safe donations by the self-motivated, voluntary and unpaid blood donors.


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