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World Blood Donors Day was observed on Tuesday, June 14.    

This year, the theme of World Blood Donor Day is “Blood connects us all”, highlighting the common bond that all people share in their blood.

The slogan, “Share life, give blood”, draws attention to the role that voluntary donations play in encouraging people to care for one another and promoting community cohesion. Voluntary, unpaid blood donations must increase rapidly in more than half the world’s countries to ensure a reliable supply of safe blood.

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Theme of 2016 is "Blood connects us all".

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The Day is an occasion to raise awareness of the problem and thank donors worldwide.

According to World Health Organization, about 108 million blood donations are collected globally every year. Nearly 50 per cent of these blood donations are collected in high-income countries, home to less than 20 per cent of the world’s population. The average blood donation rate is more than 9 times greater in high-income countries than in low-income countries.

BACKGROUND

World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year by the people in many countries around the world on 14 June. World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on the day of birthday anniversary of Karl Landsteiner on 14 June in 1868. World Blood Donor Day celebration brings a precious opportunity to all donors for celebrating it on national and global level as well as to commemorate the birthday anniversary of the Karl Landsteiner (a great scientist who won the Nobel Prize for his great discovery of the ABO blood group system).

The Day has been celebrated annually since 2004, with the aim of improving the safety and adequacy of national blood supplies by promoting a substantial increase in the number of safe, voluntary, unpaid donors who give blood regularly.


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