World Blood Donor Day - 14 June

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World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on 14 June.

An Overview of the News

  • The day aims to express gratitude to the selfless voluntary blood donors and celebrate the essence of life and humanity.

  • The program emphasises the importance of ensuring universal access to safe blood transfusions.

  • The theme for World Blood Donor Day 2023 is "Give blood, give plasma, share life, share often."

  • The theme highlights the importance of regular blood and plasma donations to create a safe and sustainable supply of blood and blood products around the world.

  • The host country of World Blood Donor Day 2023 is Algeria.

  • The National Blood Transfusion Service of Algeria is responsible for organising and coordinating the global program.

History of World Blood Donor Day

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) established World Blood Donor Day in 2004.

  • In 2005, the 58th World Health Assembly designated it as an annual global event.

  • World Blood Donor Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation.

  • Blood donation has ancient origins, with cultures recognizing the medical benefits of bloodletting and blood transfusions.

  • English physician Richard Lower contributed significantly to blood donation.

  • Lower's book, 'Tractatus de Cordae', documented his important work on blood transfusion and the functioning of the cardiopulmonary system.

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