World Blood Donor Day celebrated with more than 100 simultaneous events all around Turkey

WHO

On 14 June 2015, World Blood Donor Day was celebrated with more than 100 simultaneous events all around Turkey.

As part of the events, the WHO Country Office, Turkey and the Turkish Red Crescent Society organized a celebration event in Ankara, presenting commemorative plaques and medals to voluntary donors who regularly donate blood. The WHO World Blood Donor Day video – Thank you for saving my life – was shown to the audience.

Dr Murat Güler, Turkish Red Crescent Regional Director for Central Anatolian, thanked all the donors for saving thousands of lives every year by donating their blood for those in need. He added; "The need for blood and blood products is increasing every year. More voluntary blood donors are needed to meet the increasing needs."

WHO Representative to Turkey, Dr Pavel Ursu, participated in the event to raise awareness on the importance and lifesaving role of blood donation. At the opening ceremony, Dr Ursu stated, "Safe blood transfusion is one of the key life-saving interventions that should be available for patients in need. No patient shall suffer because of lack of blood and blood products. The best way to ensure it is to rely on regular blood donations from voluntary and unpaid donors."

Prior to this event on 12 June 2015, Dr Ursu and Dr Toker Ergüder, WHO National Programme Manager for Noncommunicable Diseases, visited the Turkish Red Crescent Regional Directorate for Central Anatolian Region Blood Donation Centre to discuss the ongoing quality assurance initiatives in the blood transfusion system in Turkey. Within this framework, the Turkish Red Crescent Society is working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health to meet the blood and blood products needs of the health systems in Turkey while ensuring high-quality and safety standards.