On 14 June 2020 WHO and all countries will celebrate World Blood Donor Day
The need for safe blood is universal. Safe blood is critical both for treatments and urgent interventions. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. Blood is also vital for treating the wounded during emergencies of all kinds (natural disasters, accidents, armed conflicts, etc.) and has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and neonatal care.
The objectives of this year’s campaign are to:
- celebrate and thank individuals who donate blood and encourage more people to start donating;
- raise wider awareness of the urgent need to increase the availability of safe blood for use wherever and whenever it is needed to save life;
- demonstrate the need for universal access to safe blood transfusion and provide advocacy on its role in the provision of effective health care and in achieving universal health coverage;
- mobilize support at national, regional and global levels among governments and development partners to invest in, strengthen and sustain national blood programmes.