World Blood Donor Day takes place on 14 June each year. The aim is to raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion and of the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems. The day also provides an opportunity to call to action governments and national health authorities to provide adequate resources and put into place systems and infrastructures to increase the collection of blood from voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors.
Safe blood and blood products and their transfusion are a critical aspect of care and public health. They save millions of lives and improve the health and quality of life of many patients every day. The need for blood is universal, but access to blood for all those who need it is not. Blood shortages are particularly acute in developing countries. To ensure that everyone who needs safe blood has access to it, all countries need voluntary, unpaid donors who give blood regularly.
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. It reinforces the global call for more people all over the world to donate blood regularly and contribute to better health. Global, the host will in Rome
A special focus of this year’s campaign will be the role of young people in ensuring a safe blood supply. In many countries, young people have been at the forefront of activities and initiatives aimed at achieving safe blood supplies through voluntary, non-remunerated blood donations. Young people form a large sector of the population in many societies and are generally full of idealism, enthusiasm and creativity.
The specific objectives of this year’s campaign are to:
thank blood donors in the world and create wider public awareness of the need for regular, unpaid blood donation;
promote the community values of blood donation in enhancing community solidarity and social cohesion;
encourage youth to embrace the humanitarian call to donate blood and inspire others to do the same;
celebrate the potential of youth as partners in promoting health.
Italy will host World Blood Donor Day 2021 through its National Blood Centre. Every country, community and blood centre should get involved.
Event for the Region of the Américas
“Give blood and keep the world beating”
The World Blood Donor Day 2021 observance is being held for the first time in two cities: Hamilton, Bermuda and Kingston, Jamaica. The Pan American Health Organization aims to raise awareness of the permanent need for voluntary donors in order to save the lives of those who require a blood transfusion and to achieve universal health for all in the Region of the Americas.
When: 14 June, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. Jamaica - 11:00 a.m. Bermuda . 10:.00 am Washington, DC EDT.