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 on a regular basis.
Its story started with the very first World Blood Donor Day in 2004, built on the success of the World Health Day 2000 - “Blood Saves Lives. Safe Blood Starts with Me”. The aim of designating a dedicated annual day linked with a global celebration by the Fifth-Eighth World Health Assembly was to promote voluntary non-remunerated blood donation and encourage new generations of voluntary blood donors to maintain supplies of the safest blood possible and save lives.
Starting with the very first annual event held in Johannesburg, South Africa, the scope of World Blood Donor Day has been increasing, involving a huge variety of events and activities, from football matches and free concerts to mobile donation clinics and monumental decorations.
Further, World Blood Donor Day is an opportunity for international organizations and European stakeholders to come together to support safe blood donation.
The World Blood Donor Day is jointly sponsored by four core agencies: 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).