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WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY 2022 | Donating Blood Is An Act Of Solidarity

World Blood Donor Day takes place on 14 June each year and was created to raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion, highlight the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems, and support national blood transfusion services, blood donor organizations, and other non-governmental organizations in strengthening and expanding their voluntary blood donor programmes by reinforcing national and local campaigns.


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Blood and blood products are essential resources for patients with blood and bone marrow disorders, inherited haemoglobin disorders, like thalassaemia, and immune deficiency conditions; victims of trauma, emergencies, disasters and accidents; effective management of women suffering from bleeding associated with pregnancy and childbirth; children suffering from severe anaemia due to malaria and malnutrition, as well as patients undergoing advanced medical and surgical procedures.

To ensure that everyone who needs transfusion has access to safe blood, all countries need voluntary, unpaid blood donors who give blood regularly. An effective blood donor programme, characterized by the wide and active participation of the population, is crucial in meeting the need of blood transfusion, as well as during emergencies or disasters when there is a surge in demand for blood or when the normal operation of blood services is affected. While an enabling social and cultural atmosphere with strong solidarity facilitates the development of an effective blood donor programme, it is also widely acknowledged that the act of blood donation contributes to generating social ties and building a united community.

The need for blood is universal, but access to blood for all those who need it is not. Blood shortages are particularly acute in low- and middle-income countries. Blood insufficiency is experienced by more than 75% of patients with thalassaemia in low- and middle-income countries.

 

The 2022 Campaign:

For 2022, the World Blood Donor Day slogan will be “Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives” to draw attention to the roles that voluntary blood donations play in saving lives and enhancing solidarity within communities.

The specific objectives of this year’s campaign are to:

  • thank blood donors in the world and create wider public awareness of the need for regular, unpaid blood donation;
  • highlight the need for committed, year-round blood donation, to maintain adequate supplies and achieve universal and timely access to safe blood transfusion;
  • recognize and promote the values of voluntary unpaid blood donation in enhancing community solidarity and social cohesion;
  • raise awareness of the need for increased investment from governments to build a sustainable and resilient national blood system and increase collection from voluntary non-remunerated blood donors.

 

The Specific Objectives of the 2022 Campaign Are:

🎯 to thank blood donors in the world and create wider public awareness of the need for regular, unpaid blood donation;

🎯 to highlight the need for committed, year-round blood donation, to maintain adequate supplies and achieve universal and timely access to safe blood transfusion;

🎯 to recognize and promote the values of voluntary unpaid blood donation in enhancing community solidarity and social cohesion;

🎯 to raise awareness of the need for increased investment from governments to build a sustainable and resilient national blood system and increase collection from voluntary non-remunerated blood donors.

 

Host for WBDD 2022 events:

Mexico will host World Blood Donor Day 2022 through its National Blood Centre. The global event will be held in Mexico City on 14 June 2022.

 

TIF´s Activities for World Blood Donor Day 2022:

Read More on the Global Scene for Blood Today in TIF’s Global Thalassaemia Review – Chapter 4

Download TIF’s Social Media Graphics & Visuals for WBDD 2022
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