World Blood Donor Day
14 June 2014
World Blood Donor Day is an international event celebrated on 14 June every year:
- to thank regular blood donors;
- to raise awareness of the need for safe blood donations; and
- to encourage more people to give blood regularly.
The very first World Blood Donor Day was held in 2004, building on the success of World Health Day 2000, which had the theme: “Blood saves lives. Safe blood starts with me”. The 2005 World Health Assembly designated an annual day for a global celebration to promote voluntary, nonremunerated blood donation and to encourage new generations to become voluntary blood donors to maintain supplies of the safest blood possible, to save lives.
The very first annual event was held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since then, the scope of World Blood Donor Day has expanded to include a huge variety of events and activities, from football matches and free concerts to mobile donation clinics.
Further, the Day gives international organizations and other stakeholders an opportunity to come together to support safe blood donation.
Four agencies jointly sponsor World Blood Donor Day: WHO, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations (IFDBO) and the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT).