Announcement of World Blood Donor Day 2021
World Blood Donor Day is held on June 14 of each year. The aim is to raise awareness around the world about the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion and the crucial contribution of voluntary and unpaid blood donors to national health systems. The day also provides an opportunity to call to action on governments and national health authorities to provide adequate resources and put in place systems and infrastructure to increase blood collection from voluntary and unpaid blood donors. .
The safety of blood and blood products and their transfusion is an essential aspect of care and public health. They save millions of lives and improve the health and quality of life of many patients every day. The need for blood is universal, but access to blood for all who need it is not. Blood shortages are particularly acute in developing countries.
To ensure that everyone who needs safe blood has access to it, all countries need voluntary, unpaid donors who donate blood regularly. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, despite limited mobility and other challenges, blood donors in many countries have continued to donate blood and plasma to patients in need of transfusion. This extraordinary effort during an unprecedented time of crisis highlights the crucial role of voluntary, well-organized, committed and unpaid blood donors in ensuring a safe and sufficient blood supply during normal and emergency times.
Goal of this year’s campaign
For 2021, the slogan for World Blood Donor Day will be “Give blood and make the world beat”. The message highlights the essential contribution of blood donors to rocking the world by saving lives and improving the health of others. It strengthens the global call for more people around the world to donate blood regularly and contribute to better health.
A particular focus of this year’s campaign will be the role of young people in ensuring a safe blood supply. In many countries, young people have been at the forefront of activities and initiatives to ensure a safe blood supply through voluntary, unpaid blood donation. Young people form a large part of the population in many societies and are generally full of idealism, enthusiasm and creativity.
The specific objectives of this year’s campaign are:
- thank blood donors around the world and raise awareness among the general public of the need for regular and unpaid blood donation;
- promote community values of blood donation by strengthening community solidarity and social cohesion;
- encourage young people to embrace the humanitarian call to donate blood and inspire others to do the same;
- celebrate the potential of young people as partners in health promotion.
Host of World Blood Donor Day 2021 events
Italy will host World Blood Donor Day 2021 through its National Blood Center. The global event will be held in Rome on June 14, 2021.
Let’s work together for World Blood Donor Day
Your involvement and support will help ensure greater impact for World Blood Donor Day 2021, by increasing global recognition that donating blood is an act of saving solidarity and that services providing blood and products Safe blood is an essential part of any health system. The participation of interested partners is welcome at all levels to make World Blood Donor Day 2021 a global success.