World blood donor day is observed globally on June 14th every year. The aim is to raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion and of the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems. The day also provides an opportunity to call to action to governments and national health authorities to provide adequate resources and put into place systems and infrastructures to increase the collection of blood from voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors.
For 2021, the World Blood Donor Day slogan will be “Give blood and keep the world beating”. The host country for World Blood Donor Day 2021 is Rome, Italy.
World Blood Donor Day 2020: History
Every year on the birth anniversary of Landsteiner on 14 June 1868, World donor Day is widely known. This event was first initiated and established to be celebrated on 14 June 2004 by the “World Health Organisation, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies” with an aim to boost public awareness about the necessity for safe blood donation voluntarily and unpaid by the healthy person. In May 2005, WHO officially established with its 192 Member States, World donor Day at the 58th World Health Assembly so as to motivate all the countries worldwide to thank the blood donors for his or her precious step and saving lives of the people.