Voluntary blood donation is the endeavor through which an individual contributes towards the health and survival of others, most often than not, both the parties are strangers for each other. Nations are faced with the challenge of procuring safe blood from donors to meet the national requirements. In a report by WHO, it is stated, “The donation of blood by voluntary non- remunerated blood donors is recognized as being crucial for the safety and sustainability of national blood supplies.
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World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) is celebrated every year on 14th of June, since the year 2004. The day applauds the efforts put together by blood donors, worldwide, who help save many lives through blood donation. WBDD is a podium to elaborate the importance of blood donation for supporting:
- Longer and higher quality life for patients suffering from chronic diseases;
- Aid to complex medical and surgical procedures;
- Acts as an essential life saving role in maternal and perinatal care;
- Provides access to and availability of safe, sufficient blood/ blood products which can help reduce the rate of deaths and disability due to severe blood loss.
WBDD was first initiated and celebrated by World Health Organization (WHO) with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on the birthday of the Nobel prize winning Scientist, Karl Landsteiner. Landsteiner received the Nobel prize for his discovery of the ABO blood group system. WBDD was officially established by WHO among it’s 192 Member States on May, 2005 at the 58th World Health Assembly. WBDD is one of the Eight official global health campaigns recognized by WHO. The event marks and encourages the importance of Voluntary Blood Donation for the Safety, Survival and Sustainable storage of blood and blood products to enrich the lives of the many.
In India, a report published by Times of India, in the year 2014, stated the statistics of blood availability vs blood shortage and the dynamics of blood donation in the country. The report reveals the shortage of blood units faced by India even though having the second highest population in the World and major percentage of the population belonging in the age group of 18 years till 60 years (18 – 60 years is the mandated age group for blood donation- Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940). The 2014 report by TOI states, “Despite being a country with a population of 1.2 billion, India faces a blood shortage of 3 million units. The problem can be addressed if an additional two percent of Indians donated blood”.
WBDD can be seen as a platform wherein the various partners on the road to Shining India, Healthy India, can come together and raise awareness about the importance of blood donation. Corporations, through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) based activities can help organize mass scale events and campaigns to motivate people for Blood Donation and establish the foundation of the perils of blood donation for Self and the Community at large. This news comes at a time when India is predicted to become the youngest economy by the year 2020 with more than 64% of the population likely to be in the working age group. The young generation should be inspired to join hands in the mission of 100% availability of blood supplies through voluntary, unpaid donors by the year 2020 (WHO)5. This joint effort, by individual donors can help save many lives and create a happy, healthy and a sustainable society.
Lastly, Fiinovation Delhi would throw light on the words of Mr T Ona, the Health Secretary of Philippine, on blood donation, “Researches have shown that Voluntary Blood Donation reinvigorates the donor, because- humans do not loose blood when they give, because the giver is refilled with new and fresher blood in no time” and extends a kiss of healthy life to the person requiring blood.
What are you waiting For?
Get up and Reach out to the many still in waiting.
Your blood can help save lives and spread an ocean of smiles and tranquility.
Be an angel to a child,
Be a guide for the women and men
You are a donor, a precious gem.
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