On June 14th, 2010, the annual World Blood Donor Day ceremony for the Region of the Americas was held in Nicaragua. These yearly special celebrations recognize the effort and dedication of all volunteer donors, who, every day, make altruistic contributions in order to give life to those who need it. Thanks to these volunteers, National Blood Programs can improve their operations in order to achieve the necessary self-sufficiency.
In May 2005, the World Health Assembly instituted World Blood Donor Day through resolution WHA58.13. In the Region of the Americas, the 2005, 2006, and 2007 regional ceremonies were held in Washington, D.C.; the 2008 regional ceremony was held in Colombia, in recognition of the constantly growing number of volunteer donors in the country and the number of units of blood collected annually; and the 2009 ceremony was held in Paraguay, in recognition of the efforts made to improve the operation of the country’s National Blood System.
In 2010, the regional World Blood Donor Day ceremony was held in Nicaragua to acknowledge the country’s significant achievements in strengthening its National Blood System, integrating the National Blood Services Network, and developing a Staff Training System, which together have enabled Nicaragua to achieve 100% voluntary blood donations.
The focus of this celebration will be on young donors and its themes are “Nicaraguan youth committed to saving lives” and “New blood for the Americas.”
2010 World Blood Donor Day message from recording artist, Shaila Durcal
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