World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day

“Give the gift of life: donate blood”

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June 14th, 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day, a time to celebrate those who donate blood as well as to raise awareness of the necessity for blood and blood products. This year’s motto is “Give the gift of life: donate blood,” which will focus on the quality of life given to people that need blood, for not only are their lives prolonged, they are also enriched.

Facts about Blood Donation:

  • There are approximately 107 million blood donations per year
  • Children under the age of 5 receive 65% of blood transfusions in low-income countries
  • The target year for blood supplies to be obtained 100% voluntarily in all countries is 2020

Sign up now to donate blood!

www.unitedbloodservices.org/nd/

More interesting blood facts can be found at the websites below:

http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/blood_transfusion/blood_transfusion/en/index.html

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs279/en/index.html

Touch a life – give blood.

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Sources:

http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-blood-donor-day/2013/en/index.html

http://www.unitedbloodservices.org/nd/

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