World Blood Donor Day – 14th June

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World Blood Donor Day 2022

• To raise awareness about this life-saving procedure, World Blood Donor Day was observed every year on 14th June.
• The day is marked to promote blood donation and urges people to save lives by donating blood.
• The World Blood Donor Day was organized for the first time in 2005.
• It is the joint initiative of the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
• World Blood Donor Day is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner, who was born on 14 June 1868.
• Landsteiner was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930 for his discovery of the ABO blood group system, the modern system of classification of blood groups.
• This discovery enabled physicians to conduct blood transfusion without risking the life of the patient.
• For 2021, the World Blood Donor Day slogan will be “Give blood and keep the world beating“.
• The message highlights the essential contribution blood donors make to keeping the world pulsating by saving lives and improving others’ health.
• A special focus of this year’s campaign will be the role of young people in ensuring a safe blood supply.

 

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