World Blood Donor Day is an annual event observed on 14 June to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.
Observed on: June 14
Organized by: UN, WHO
Introduced in: 2004
About World Blood Donor Day
Every year June 14 is observed as World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). This day is observed to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood. The date is the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner (birth date 14 June 1868) who won the Nobel Prize for his great discovery of the ABO blood group system.
The observation of the day was first initiated and celebrated by “the Word Health organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies” in the year 2004. The goal of WHO is by 2020 all countries to obtain all their blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors.
Activities and Programs on the Day
There were many programs and events conducted across the world by different organizations, NGOs, hospitals, school and college levels, government and local bodies, etc. to mark this day. The programs include meeting, scientific conferences, blood donation camps, seminars, discussions, exhibitions, street plays, publishing articles on different Medias and social media, etc. Publish relevant stories and articles on the importance of blood donation in journals as part of campaign.
Theme for World Blood Donor Day
World Blood Donor Day 2020 Theme is “Safe blood saves lives” with slogan “Give blood and make the world a healthier place“
World Blood Donor Day 2019 theme was “Blood donation and universal access to safe blood transfusion, as a component of achieving universal health coverage“
Slogan for 2019 is “Safe blood for all”
Blood Donor Day 2018 Theme was “Blood donation as an action of solidarity“
Slogan for 2018 was “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life“
2017 Theme: Give blood. Give now. Give often
2016 Theme: Blood connects us all
2015 Theme: Thank you for saving my life
2014 Theme: Safe blood for saving mothers
2013 Theme: Give the gift of life: Donate blood
2012 Theme: Every blood donor is a hero
2011 Theme: More blood, more life
2010 Theme: New Blood for the World
2009 Theme: Achieving 100 per cent non-remunerated donation of blood and blood components
2008 Theme: Giving blood regularly
2007 Theme: Safe Blood for Safe Motherhood
2006 Theme: Commitment to Ensure Universal Access to Safe Blood
2005 Theme: Celebrating your gift of blood
2004 Theme: Blood Saves Lives. Safe Blood Starts With Me