World Blood Day: 14 June
World Blood Donor Day was observed across the world on 14 June 2014. Theme for the year’s World Blood Day campaign is Safe blood for saving mothers.
The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness about why timely access to safe blood and blood related products is essential for all countries as part of a comprehensive approach to prevent maternal deaths. According to World Health Organization, every year around 800 women dies due to pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. The major cause for mortality, morbidity and long-term disability is severe bleeding during delivery and after childbirth.
Maternal deaths due to severe bleeding in different parts of the world
• Africa: 34 percent
• Asia: 31 percent
• Latin America and the Caribbean: 21 percent
Due to these statistics, the theme for the day is Safe blood for saving mothers. The day is observed on 14 June every year on the date of birth of Karl Landsteiner, the person who helped make modern bold transfusions possible.
The statistics of WHO says that every year around 108 million units of donated blood is collected globally of which 50 percent is collected from high-income countries that is a home to le3ss than 20 percent of the world’s population.
World Blood Donor Day established in 2004 is one of the eight official public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO). The other seven health campaigns are
• World Tuberculosis Day: is observed on 24 March
• World Health Day: is observed on 7 April
• World Immunization Week: is observed from 24 to 30 April
• World Malaria Day: is observed on 25 April
• World No Tobacco Day: is observed on 31 May
• World Hepatitis Day: is observed on 28 July
• World AIDS Day: is observed on 1 December
When: on 14 June 2014