World Blood Donor Day

blood donorEvery year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

The host country for World Blood Donor Day 2013 is France. Through its national blood service, the Etablissement Français du Sang (EFS), France has been promoting voluntary non remunerated blood donation since the 1950s. A global event will be held in Paris on 14 June 2013.

With the slogan “Give the gift of life: donate blood”, this year’s campaign, the 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day, will focus on the value of donated blood to the patient, not only in saving life, but also in helping people live longer and more productive lives.

This day falls within National Blood Week in England  and is also the birthday of Nobel Prize winner Dr Karl Landsteiner who discovered the ABO blood grouping system.

Most people can give blood. If you are generally in good health, age 17 to 65  and weigh at least 50kg you can donate.

Learn more what blood is used for.