There is one thing that definitely makes us heroes: giving blood. It is a life-saving gesture that any of us in good health should very seriously consider making.
Every couple of seconds someone around the world needs blood. Blood transfusions save millions of lives each year, both in emergency and non-emergency situations, and based on published and reported figures, which we believe are grossly underestimated, some 500,000 patients living across the world with transfusion-dependent thalassaemia alone, consume, or should consume if they receive appropriate transfusion care, about 12 – 18 million units of Red Blood Cells (RBCs) to keep alive.
TIF, in honour of the upcoming World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) marked every year on June 14th, has issued a Position Statement in which the Federation is endorsing voluntary blood donations, the cornerstone of our patients’ management, and is calling on all national governments across the world to continue to empower and safeguard the blood donors’ safety and appropriate management, and to invest in preparedness programs in case of infectious disease outbreaks, including very importantly blood transfusion services.
Read & Download the Full TIF Position Statement for the WBDD HERE.
Read more about the WBDD 2020 HERE.