World Blood Donor Day is celebrated on 14th of June every year as an aim to raise global awareness on the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion and of the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems. This celebration also provides an opportunity to call to action to governments and national health authorities for adequate resources and place systems and infrastructures to increase the collection of blood from voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors.
Safe blood and blood products and their transfusion are a crucial aspect of care and public health. They help save millions of lives and improve the health and quality of life of many patients from day to day. The requirement for blood is universal, but the access for all those who need it is not. Blood shortages are particularly terrible in developing countries.
In order to ensure that everyone in need of safe blood can access it, all countries need voluntary, unpaid donors who give blood regularly. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, despite limited postability and other challenges, blood donors in many countries have continued their volunteering ways to donate blood and plasma to patients who need transfusion. Such extraordinary effort during a time of unprecedented crisis emphasizes the crucial role of well-organized, committed voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors in order to ensure safe and sufficient blood supply during normal as well as in times of emergency.
Theme of 2021 Campaign
This year, 2021, the World Blood Donor Day slogan will be “Give blood and keep the world beating”. The message conveys the essential contribution blood donors make to keeping the world pulsating by saving lives and improving the health of others. It strengthens the global cry for more people across the globe to donate blood regularly and contribute to better health.
A particular focus of this year’s campaign is encouraging the role of young people in ensuring a safe blood supply. In numerous countries, young people have been the spearhead of activities and initiatives that aim at achieving safe blood supplies through voluntary, non-remunerated blood donations. Young people together form a large sector of the population in many societies and are generally encouraged by idealism, enthusiasm and creativity.
Specific Objective of 2021 Campaign
- Showing gratitude towards blood donors in the world and creating wider public awareness of the need for regular, unpaid blood donation;
- Promoting various the community values of blood donation in enhancing harmony in the community and social cohesion;
- Encouraging youth to embrace the unselfish call to donate blood and inspire others to do the same;
- In celebration of the potential of youth as partners in promoting health.
Host For World Blood Donor Day 2021 Events
Italy is the host of 2021’s World Blood Donor Day through its National Blood Centre. The global event will be held in Rome on 14 June 2021.
Joining Hands this World Blood Donor Day
World Blood Donor Day requires everyone’s involvement and support to ensure greater impact for this year’s aim in order to increase the recognition worldwide that giving blood is a life-saving act of solidarity and that services providing safe blood and blood products are a life-and-death element of every health care system. At JD Institute, every year a blood donation camp is held where students, faculties and staff are encouraged to donate blood, however, despite the situation we are in, JD continues to encourage blood donation from the safety of our homes.