Blood donation is extremely important as it can save lives. World Blood Donor Day, an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO), is celebrated every year on June 14. This day is celebrated every year to spread awareness on the significance of blood donation and to recognize the contribution of voluntary unpaid blood donors in saving lives.

According to WHO, many developing countries face a severe shortage of blood. “The need for blood is universal, but access to blood for all those who need it is not,” it says.

Voluntary and unpaid regular blood donation is an act of solidarity and is required all over the world.

History:

The first World Blood Donor Day was observed by WHO in 2004. It was declared as an annual global event in the 58th World Health Assembly in 2005.

The day is celebrated to mark the birthday of Austrian biologist and physician Karl Landsteiner, also known as the founder of modern blood transfusion.

Theme of World Blood Donor Day 2021 :

The theme of World Blood Donor Day 2021 is: “Give blood and keep the world beating”.

It emphasizes the importance of blood donation. It is also a global call for people to come forward and donate blood regularly.

According to WHO website, this year’s campaign will primarily focus on young people, as they have been at the forefront of activities and initiatives aimed at achieving safe blood supplies through voluntary and non-remunerated blood donations.

Motivational Quotes to encourage people to donate blood & save lives:

Blood donation will cost you nothing, but it will save a life!

Never refuse to donate blood if you can, as you may be the next needy.

A donation of blood means a few minutes to you, but a lifetime for somebody else.

Donate blood and be the reason of smile to many faces.

Never feel weak, you have the ability to save a life. Just donate blood.

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