World Blood Donor Day (sometimes referred to as World Blood Donation Day) is observed every year on 14th June. On this day, the countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day as homage to Karl Landsteiner, the Nobel Prize winner, who discovered the ABO blood group. This day is observed to raise the awareness about the need for donating blood. The theme for this year is “Blood connects us all”. The theme this year focuses on thanking blood donor and highlights the dimension of “sharing” and connection between blood donors and patients. The main aim of the campaign this year is to highlight stories of people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, to motivate regular blood donors to continue donating blood ,and encourage people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so, particularly young people. The slogan this year that has been adopted is, “Share life, give blood” to draw attention to the roles that voluntary donation system plays in encouraging people to care for one another and promote community cohesion.
In the current scenario in our country the demand exceeds the supply. The blood banks constantly face the challenge of making sufficient blood available at the time of need. According to WHO, blood donation by 1% of the population can meet a nation’s most basic requirements for blood. Safe blood saves lives as well as improves health of an individual. Anyone who is between 18 to 65 years of age can donate blood except in few conditions.
FAQ’s on Blood Donation
What is the normal safe interval between blood donations?
You can donate the blood after a time period of 3months.
Is there any upper age limit to blood donation?
The usual upper age limit for blood donation is 65 years. However, first-time donors or even regular donors older than 60 years may be accepted under the guidance of a physician.
How much blood is removed during donation and how soon does it get replaced in the body?
The amount of blood withdrawn varies from 350ml- 450ml. It normally takes 24hrs for the blood volume to be replaced. Red cells need about four to six weeks for complete replacement.
Will I become physically weak or get any infection after blood donation?
No if you are in normal health there is no cause for concern. The chances of infections are minimal if the lab/Mobile van is taking all precautionary actions.
Is blood donation a safe process?
Blood donation is completely a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded. Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history, blood donation and refreshments.
Why should I donate Blood?
One of the major reasons to donate blood is to help others. One donation can help save the lives of up to three people. If you began donating blood at the age of 18 and donated every 90 days until you reached 60, you would have donated 30 gallons of blood, potentially helping save more than 500 lives!
Who should not donate blood?
Do not donate if-
What are the precautions before donating blood?
Who should I contact if I wish to donate blood?
Contact the nearest blood bank or blood transfusion department of any major hospital in your city. For a comprehensive list of Blood Banks, Click here
A micro site has been developed to make it easier for the masses to search blood/blood products in real time availability across all licensed blood banks. For more information, Click here.
NHP Mobile Application for Blood Bank
National Health Portal has launched the Directory Services Mobile Application for helping the masses. This App helps you locate the nearby blood banks (NACO supported, Private and other Government Departments) to your location and also provides contact details of the key personnel. You can find the blood banks up to a radius of 100kms. The list of blood banks and contact details are updated on regular basis.