Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

World Blood Donor Day 2016

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Background

Every year on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.

Voluntary unpaid blood donors are co-partners with the medical profession in the saving lives. They are considered to be the source of the safest blood and blood products for patients.

The date selected is the anniversary of the birth of Karl Landsteiner (June 14, 1868) the Nobel Prize winner who discovered the ABO blood group system which is still used today to ensure the safety of blood transfusions.

Jamaica

The National Blood Transfusion Service branded its annual blood drive and wellness fair to mark World Blood Donor Day as ‘Donorfest’ in June 2014.
The goal is to conduct an annual public awareness campaign about voluntary non-remunerated blood donation with public/private partnership. It seeks to recognize the contribution of voluntary donors; highlight stories of people whose lives have been saved through blood donation; motivate regular blood donors to continue giving blood and motivate people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so particularly young people.

Sponsors

  • Chrysalis Communications
  • Jamaica National Building Society
  • Jus Foods
  • KSAC
  • Main Event
  • National Health Fund
  • Pan American Health Organization
  • RJR
  • Vitamalt

Endorsement

Sickle Cell Support Foundation