Every day, about 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. Almost all of these deaths occur in developing countries. More than half of them occur in sub-Saharan Africa and almost one third in South Asia. The risk of maternal mortality is highest for adolescent girls under 15 years of age.
In Latin America and the Caribbean in 2011, there were approximately 4,400 maternal deaths per year, 15.3% (its represents around 676 deaths) of which are due to hemorrhaging, with varying ranges in countries ranging from 0% to 31%. The availability and access to safe blood and components from voluntary unpaid donors help save the lives of these women.
The World Blood Donor Day 2014 aims to reinforce the job with Regional Governments about blood donation, to achieve 100% of non remunerated, voluntary donations, decrease maternal mortality caused by hemorrhage, motivate donors to keep donating blood regularly and encourage healthy people who have never donated blood to become donors.
The objective of the World Donor Day 2014 campaign will be that:
- Ministries of health, especially those with high maternal mortality, adopt measures to guarantee that their health centers improve access to safe blood and blood products from voluntary donors, for a safe motherhood.
- Blood national services of those countries who have high maternal mortality, focus their activities and products of their 2014 campaign in safe blood for mother’s health.
- The mother’s health alliances and programs participate in such campaign.
- WHO and worldwide associates explain how safe blood from voluntary donors allows saving pregnant women’s lives worldwide.