World Blood Donor Day this year takes place on the 14th June, 2021 .
Every year countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.
A blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity is a key component of an effective health system. The global theme of World Blood Donor Day changes each year in recognition of the selfless individuals who donate their blood for people unknown to them.
For 2021, the World Blood Donor Day slogan will be “Give blood and keep the World beating”.
It’s a slogan that highlights the essential contribution that blood donors make to keep the world pulsating. That is by saving lives and improving other’s health. It also reinforces the global call for more people to donate blood regularly. And to contribute to better global health. A significant focus of this year’s campaign will be the role of young people in ensuring a safe blood supply.
Worldwide, young people have been at the forefront of initiatives aimed at achieving safe blood supplies. This through voluntary, non-remunerated blood donations. Young people represent a large sector of the population in many societies. And are generally full of idealism, enthusiasm and creativity.
The specific objectives of this year’s campaign are to:
- Thank blood donors around the world.
- Widen public awareness of the need for regular, unpaid blood donation;
- Promote the community values of blood donation. Enhancing community solidarity and social cohesion;
- Encourage youth to embrace the humanitarian call to donate blood. Inspiring others to do the same;
- Celebrate the potential of youth as partners in promoting health.
The NHS explains why we need blood. We need new blood donors from all backgrounds to ensure there is the right blood available for patients who need it. They need…
- Nearly 400 new donors a day to meet demand
- Around 135,000 new donors a year to replace those who can no longer donate
- 40,000 more black donors to meet growing demand for better-matched blood
- 30,000 new donors with priority blood types such as O negative every year
- More young people to start giving blood so we can make sure we have enough blood in the future