World Blood Donor Day
The Significance of World Blood Donor Day (WBDD)
Every year, thousands of volunteers come together to make World Blood Donor Day possible on June 14. The day serves as a friendly reminder about the importance of donating this precious life-saving gift. Many patients with serious medical conditions benefit from blood donation, as well as those who have been injured in accidents or natural disasters. Blood is vital for treating the wounded, those requiring surgical procedures or blood transfusions, and expectant mothers needing it as part of their perinatal care. Having access to a safe, sufficient blood supply is critical, especially during the worldwide coronavirus pandemic and as we look ahead to the future. Now, perhaps more than ever before, volunteers are needed to donate a pint of blood to save someone’s life.
How Will COVID-19 Affect World Blood Donor Day 2020?
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the World Health Organization is running a virtual global campaign this year. The theme of 2020’s World Blood Donor Day is “Safe Blood Saves Lives” with “Give Blood and Make the World a Healthier Place” as its official slogan. This year’s focus is on the difference that just one individual can make in their community with regular blood donations. Blood donations are needed year-round to keep up with supply and demand. World Blood Donor Day celebrates and thanks those who already volunteer and encourages new participants to raise their sleeves. Although the campaign may be virtual, local blood donation centers are still organizing blood drives and other events on World Blood Donor Day and throughout the year. You’ll likely be required to wear a face mask and submit to a temperature check to ensure you’re healthy enough to donate blood when you visit your local center. If you’ve never given blood before, now is the perfect time to start!
Who’s Eligible to Donate Blood? How Else Can You Get Involved?
Anyone between the ages of 18 and 65 in general good health is eligible to be a blood donor. However, you shouldn’t donate blood if you’re feeling sick, have an infection, got a tattoo or body piercing within the past six months, or if you’ve recently traveled overseas. Individuals with HIV or who engage in “at-risk” sexual activity or inject recreational drugs are also not eligible to donate blood. You must also meet the minimum weight and hemoglobin level requirements for blood donation. Besides becoming a blood donor, you can also get involved by encouraging friends and family to become regular blood donors. Many blood donation centers also need volunteers to help manage blood drives, distribute information about the importance of giving blood, and network within the community to raise awareness. Please contact your local center for more details on how you can get involved in this year’s campaign.
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