World Blood Donor Day takes place on June 14, 2010


World Blood Donor Day 2010

HistoryThe World Health Organisation and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies initiated World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) in 2004. It takes place on June 14 each year and provides an opportunity for a united, national and global celebration on a day that has particular significance; the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the Nobel Prize winner who discovered the ABO blood group system

Web site http://www.wbdd.org

Editor: Cumlet, Haagen P.

The focus of World Blood Donor Day, June 14, 2010, will be on Young Donors – with the slogan: “New blood for the world”. The Global Network for Blood Donation, a Rotarian Action Group (GNBD), liaises with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations (IFBDO/FIODS) and the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT), which jointly are sponsoring the WBDD.

Please note: This article is copied from a Rotary Club, but there are joint web sites for information on World blood doror day.

Please ask your Rotary club to join the celebration during the week of June 14 – recognize those who donate blood. The aim is to raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion and of the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems.

You and your Rotary club and district are invited to contribute by sharing your ideas, resource materials and plans for activities at national and local levels through the Global Network for Blood Donation, A Rotarian Action Group. Please contact GNBD at this mail address: editor@ourblooddrive.org . Your involvement and support will help to ensure a wide impact for World Blood Donor Day 2010 and bring the world closer to 100 per cent voluntary non-remunerated blood donation. Materials in several languages are available at http://www.wbdd.org

“Celebrating the gift of blood”

Announcing World Blood Donor Day, 14 June 2010

The focus of World Blood Donor Day 2010 will be on Young Donors – with the slogan: “New blood for the world”.

The need for blood is increasing in all parts of the world. Young people can make an important contribution by donating blood and by recruiting other young people to become donors.

Initiatives such as young ambassadors’ programmes, Club 25, media campaigns directed towards young audiences and other youth-oriented activities will help bring “new blood to the world”. Many activities are planned around the world to focus on the role of young people in ensuring a safe blood supply.

World Blood Donor Day takes place on 14 June each year. The aim is to raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion and of the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems.

World Blood Donor Day is also an opportunity to celebrate those who already donate blood, in response to the worldwide increase in demand for voluntary non-remunerated blood and plasma donations. Today, 57 countries have achieved 100 per cent voluntary blood donation, up from 39 in 2002.

Since 2004, World Blood Donor Day has been jointly sponsored by four core agencies: The World Health Organization (WHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations (IFBDO/FIODS) and the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT). During 2009-10, IFBDO will be acting as the coordinating agency on behalf of the four core agencies to coordinate communication with any external agencies.

Each year, these core agencies identify a host country for a global event that provides a focus for an international media campaign.

The event is also designed to support national level blood transfusion services, blood donor organizations and other nongovernmental organizations in strengthening and expanding their voluntary blood donor programmes and to reinforce national and local campaigns.

The 2010 global event will take place in Barcelona, Spain. It will be hosted by the Spanish and Catalonian Health Care Authorities, the Spanish and Catalonian donor associations and the Spanish Red Cross.

The scale and volume of World Blood Donor Day events increases every year. Support from government leaders and celebrities, along with media campaigns and community-based activities, results in a celebration of the selfless individuals who donate their blood and plasma to save the lives and improve the health of people whom they will never meet.

Further details about plans for World Blood Donor Day 2010 will be provided over the coming months, but we take this opportunity to remind you that all the latest information is available on the joint website of the core agencies ( http://www.wbdd.org ). Here you will also find a new Campaign “Celebrating the gift of blood” 14 JUNE 2010 Kit and the World Blood Donor Day brochure which can be downloaded and used freely by anyone who wants to promote voluntary, non-remunerated blood donation.

Governmental activities will be presented on a separate WHO webpage ( http://www.who.int/worldblooddonorday ).

You are invited to contribute by sharing your ideas, resource materials and plans for activities at national and local levels through these websites.

Your involvement and support will help to ensure a wide impact for World Blood Donor Day 2010 and bring the world closer to 100 per cent voluntary non-remunerated blood donation. We wish you a successful celebration.

World Health Organization
http://www.who.int/bloodsafetyhttp://www.ifrc.org/what/health/blood

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
http://www.ifrc.org/what/health/blood

International Societyof Blood Transfusion
http://www.isbt-web.org

International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations
http://www.fiods.org

Editor’s foodnote:

See also related articles at this website:

“Surveys of Rotary’s influence on blood donation”;

“Outstanding Organization Award to RI “;

“You see this thing called blood …”

See also the #8, 2010 Neswletter from the Rotary International’s Health and Resource Group. Click here or go to DOWNLOADS.

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