World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year in many countries around the world on June, 14th. The date was selected in memory of Karl Landsteiner, the biologist who discovered the first human blood groups (ABO). This celebration first started in 2004 aiming to raise the public awareness about the need for safe blood donation (including its products) voluntarily and unpaid by the healthy person. Blood donors are the key role player at this day as they donate life-saving gifts of blood to the needed person.
1. To fulfill the 100% voluntary and unpaid blood donation need worldwide.
2. To motivate blood donors for safe blood donation for saving the life of mothers and babies (country’s future).
3. To reduce the death rates (mortality rate) caused by insufficient blood supply. Approximately 800 women are dying off due to malnourish pregnancy, childbirth-related complications, severe bleeding during or after delivery, etc.
4. To motivate voluntary blood donors through educational programmers and campaigns in order to strengthen the blood transfusion services.