World Blood Donor Day is observed to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation and the need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for needy patients.
Celebrated on June 14 every year, the day is meant to thank those voluntary and unpaid blood donors for their life saving gift of blood. You can estimate its value by the fact that every day blood transfusions take place and save lives of many people all over the world. Blood transfusions and blood products help in saving millions of lives every year.
World Blood Donor day theme
The theme of World Blood Donor Day 2018 is to promote blood donation as an act of solidarity. The theme highlights fundamental human values of respect, empathy, altruism and kindness.
When was the day proclaimed?
The World Blood Donors Day was established in 2004 to raise awareness of the need for safe bold and blood products, and to thank donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.
It is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO) along with:
• World Tuberculosis Day (24 March)
• World Health Day (7 April)
• World Immunization Week (last week of April)
• World Malaria Day (25 April)
• World No Tobacco Day (31 May)
• World Hepatitis Day (28 July)
• World AIDS Day (1 December)
Donating blood is not only good for the health of donors but for those also who need it. Always keep in mind to that blood donation takes place in a hospital, a clinic or a blood bank, in the presence of medical experts.
Impressive Benefits of Blood Donation
Giving blood can reveal potential health problems
While it isn’t the same thing as a trip to the doctor, donating blood can be another way to keep an eye on your cardiovascular health. You’ll receive a mini-physical prior to the blood draw, in which someone will check your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, hemoglobin and more. This can sometimes shed light on issues you didn’t even know about.
Blood donation helps in lowering the risk of cancer. By donating blood the iron stores in the body are maintained at healthy levels. A reduction in the iron level in the body is linked with low cancer risk.
Regular blood donation also reduces the weight of the donors. This is helpful for those who are obese. However, blood donation should not be very frequent and you may consult your doctor before donating blood to avoid any health issues.
Reduces heart disease risk
Since regular blood donation helps to keep iron levels in check, which reduces the risk of heart disease. An excessive iron buildup in the body can cause oxidative damage, a major culprit in accelerating ageing, heart attacks, strokes, etc.
The health benefits of donating blood are considerable—but of course, the most important part of the process is helping to save lives.
Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion.
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