14th June every year is celebrated as World Blood Donors’ Day all over the world on the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner. It was first initiated and established in 2004 by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be celebrated on 14th June every year , but officially established in the year 2005 to raise awareness about the need of safe blood donation voluntarily to help someone and oneself when in need and to thank the blood donors who donated blood voluntarily.

The host country for World Blood Donor Day 2018 is Greece, through the Hellenic National Blood Centre. The global event will be held in Athens on 14 June 2018.

Some of the objectives of World Blood Donors’ Day celebration :

  • One person can save 3 lives hence WHO aimed to obtain sufficient blood supplies from the voluntary and unpaid blood donors all over the world by 2020
  • It is aimed to fulfill 100% voluntary and unpaid blood donation by individuals worldwide
  • It is a way of offering thanks to all voluntary donors because of whom millions of lives are saved every year across the world
  • As per the statistics, it’s seen that approx 62 countries are getting sufficient blood supplies from the voluntary blood donation whereas approx 40 countries are still dependant on the family members and paid donors
  • In a way this is celebrated to motivate people to donate blood frequently and whenever required
  • Several educational programs and awareness campaigns are carried off across the world to encourage this noble activity and include more and more people for the betterment of the lives of human beings

Themes of World Blood Donors’ Day since 2004 :

  • 2004 - Blood Saves Lives. Safe Blood Starts With Me
  • 2005 - Celebrating your gift of blood
  • 2006 - Commitment to Ensure Universal Access to Safe Blood
  • 2007 - Safe Blood for Safe Motherhood
  • 2008 - Giving blood regularly
  • 2009 - achieving 100 per cent non-remunerated donation of blood and blood components
  • 2010 - New Blood for the World
  • 2011 - More blood, more life
  • 2012 - Every blood donor is a hero
  • 2013 - Give the gift of life: Donate blood
  • 2014 - Safe blood for saving mothers
  • 2015 - Thank you for saving my life
  • 2016 - Blood Connects us All
  • 2017 - Give blood. Give now. Give often
  • 2018 - Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life

This Donors day lets help save someone. So what are you thinking about? Download the MillionGenie app today and register yourself as a blood donor because one of the best gifts you can give to someone is to help them save their precious life.