Monday the 14th of June, is World Blood Donor Day. The event was organised for the first time in 2005 by a joint organisation. Every year countries around the world, celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WWBD). The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products; And thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life savings gifts of blood.
Offering a blood service that gives patients access to safe blood products in sufficient quantity. It is key components of an effective health system. The global theme of world doner day changes each year, in recognition of the selfless individual who donates their blood for people unknown to them. Safe blood and blood products and their transfusion are critical aspect of care and public health. They save millions of lives and improve the health and quality of life of many patients every day. The need for blood is universal, but access to blood for all those who need it is not Blood shortages are particularly acute in developing countries.
who can give blood.
Most people can give blood if they are in good health. There are some basic requirements you need to fulfil in order to become a blood donor.
Below are some basic eligibility guidelines:
– You are between 18-65
-In some countries national legislation permits 16-17 year olds to donate provided that they fulfil the physical and hematological criteria required and that appropriate consent is obtained
-In some countries regular donors over the age of 65 may be accepted responsible physician. The upper age limit in some countries are 60
-You weigh at least 50 kg
-In some countries donors of whole blood donations should weigh at least 45kg to donate 350ml+10%
You must be in good health to donate blood which means you cannot donate if you have a flu, sore throat, cold sore, stomach bug or any other infection. You cannot donate if you have recently had a tattoo or body piercing for 6 months from the date of the procedure. However Providing the body piercing was performed by a registered health professional and any inflammation has settled,you may donate blood after 12 hours. If you have visited a dentist for any minor procedure you must wait 24 hours before donating, although for any major procedure you must wait a month. For any other information on when you can donate blood visit the link below
The world needs enough safe blood for everyone in need. Every few seconds, someone, somewhere needs blood. Transfusions of blood and blood products save millions of lives every year. Health is a human right; everyone in the world should have access to safe blood transfusions, when and where they need them. Everyone who can donate blood should consider making regular voluntary, unpaid donations, so that all countries have adequate blood supplies. Ensuring the safety and well-being of blood donors is critical; it helps build commitment to regular donations . Access to safe blood and blood product is essential for universal health coverage and a key component of effective health systems.
Blood is one of the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person. A decision to give your blood can save a life, or even multiple lives.
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