World Blood Donor Day 2023
World Blood Donor Day is observed annually on June 14 to express gratitude towards selfless voluntary blood donors and celebrate the essence of life and humanity. This occasion serves as a significant platform to appreciate and acknowledge voluntary blood donors worldwide for their generous contribution of blood, while also emphasizing the importance of ensuring universal access to safe blood transfusion.
Theme for World blood Donor Day 2023
The slogan or theme of the World Blood Donor Day 2023 is “Give blood, give plasma, share life, share often.” The theme highlights the importance of giving blood or blood plasma regularly to create a safe and sustainable supply of blood and blood products that can be always available, all over the world, so that all patients in need can receive timely life saving treatment.
Host country for World Blood Donor Day 2023
The host country for the global event of World Blood Donor Day 2023 is Algeria through its National Blood Transfusion Service.
Significance of World Blood Donor Day 2023
The importance of donating blood is not only to save the lives of thousands of people who are deprived of life, but also to save the lives of many more who are affected by various diseases and help them to fight numerous illnesses. Blood donation does not cause weakness. As per published literature, Blood volume (plasma) is replenished within 24-48 hours. Red blood cells are replenished in 3-4 weeks in healthy adults after donation.
History of World Blood Donor Day
The World Health Organization (WHO) officially established World Blood Donor Day in 2004. During the 58th World Health Assembly in 2005, it was designated as an annual global event with the purpose of increasing awareness regarding the significance of blood donation.
The origins of blood donation can be traced back to ancient times. In recorded history, the noteworthy contributions of Richard Lower, an English physician, stand out. Lower’s groundbreaking work on blood transfusion and the functioning of the cardiopulmonary system, as documented in his book ‘Tractatus de Corde,’ remains highly influential. He was the first to delve into the scientific aspects of blood donation, conducting successful blood transfusions between two dogs without any notable adverse effects.