World Blood Donor Day

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World Blood Donor Day

You can help people in many different ways. One of them is being a blood donor. Are you one of them? Blood donation is a voluntary action done to help someone who needs it for some medical reason. If you want to donate you must be over 18 and weight more than 50kg (at least in Spain). An average of 80 people are saved per day thanks to blood donors in our country and around 108 million units of donated blood are collected globally every year.

June 14th is the World Blood Donor Day. The event was established in 2004 by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to raise awareness of the need for blood donation. The day was chosen in honour of the birth date of Karl Landsteiner, who discovered the different blood types.

The theme of this yearÕs campaign is “Thank you for saving my lifeÓ. Some of the ideas for 2015 is to thank blood donors who save lives through their blood donations, encourage more people all over the world to donate blood regularly with the slogan “Give freely, give often. Blood donation mattersÓ and focus attention on donor health and the quality of donor care.

This year, the country that hosts the World Blood Donor Day is China.

The WHO´s goal is to obtain 100% of blood supplies from voluntary donors in 2020. Are you going to wait so long? Think that, perhaps, one day, a relative of yours, a friend or even you could be the one who need a blood donation.

Celebrate the WBDD donating!

By David Pulido Suarez

Student at CET Services