Every year world’s blood donor day is celebrated across the world on 14th June. This event is established in 2004 to raise awareness about the need of safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors who voluntarily donate blood and giving life saving gifts to the patients.
Transfusion of blood and blood products saves millions of life. It supports complex medical and surgical procedure and help those who are suffering from life threatening disease. It also plays a life saving role in maternal and prenatal care. So, access of blood and blood products help in saving the rates of death and disability due to severe bleeding during delivery and after childbirth.
In many countries, there is not an adequate supply of safe blood due to which it is the major challenge of making sufficient blood available and also ensuring quality and safety and it can be only assured by regular donation by voluntary unpaid blood donors for all countries. The WHOs goal is to obtain their blood supplies by voluntary unpaid blood donors by 2020. In 2014, only 60 countries have their national blood supply based on 99-100% voluntary impair blood donation, while 73 countries are still dependent on family and pair donor.
WHO CAN DONATE BLOOD
- The age of the donor should be between 18 and 65 and weight should be atleast 50kg.
- Your health should be good when you are donating blood and you shouldn’t suffering from cold, flu, and sore throat, cold sore, or any other infection. In that case you cannot donate blood.
- If you had a tattoo or body piercing recenty then you cannot donate blood for 16 months. If it is performed by a registered health profession and if inflammation settle completely, you can donate after 12hrs.
- For donating blood, your haemoglobin should not be less than 12.0g/dl for females and not less than 13.0g/dl for males.
- You must not donate blood if you have ever tested HIV positive and ever injected recreational drugs.
- It is not advisable to donate blood while breastfeeding.
- If you have disease like cancer, cardiac disease, severe lung disease, hepatitis B and C and if you are involved in prostitution (high risk occupation) or chronic achololism you cannot donate blood.
So if you are eligible and healthy enough to donate blood, your blood can save upto three lives. It will also benefit you, donating blood reduces harmful iron stones, burn calories, reduce the risk of cancer and preserve cardiovascular health and also give you a sense of pride. So if you can, present others with a gift of blood.
DONATE BLOOD!! SAVE LIFE!!