“Never feel yourself weak, you have the ability to save a life. Just donate blood.
To give blood you need neither extra strength nor extra food, But You will be Rock Star in someone’s life”
The need for safe blood is universal as it is critical both for treatments and urgent interventions. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. Blood is vital for treating the wounded during emergencies of all kinds (natural disasters, accidents, armed conflicts, etc.) and has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and neonatal care. Patients with sickle cell diseases or cancer need blood transfusions throughout their treatments. But access to safe blood is still a privilege of the few. Globally, 42% of blood is collected in high-income countries, which are home to only 16% of the world’s population.
* Every two seconds someone in India needs blood. Every day, roughly 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed in India. Simply put, that’s a lot of blood.
“You don’t have to have a medical degree to save a life. Just a fair degree of humanity. Give Blood. Save Life.”
An adequate supply of safe blood can only be assured through regular donations by voluntary unpaid blood donors. This is why the World Health Assembly in 2005 designated a special day to thank blood donors and encourage more people to give blood freely. World Blood Donor Day takes place every year on 14 June. As well as thanking blood donors, it is a day to raise awareness about the global need for safe blood and how everyone can contribute. Donating blood is a small gesture that can have a monumental impact on the lives of several people.
“Opportunities knock the door sometimes, so don’t let it go and Never refuse to donate blood if you can, as you may be the next needy.”
Objectives : The idea of celebrating such a day arises purely out of the immense gratitude that we extend as a whole, towards the global voluntary community. Individuals who go out of their way to save a life with their merciful act of blood donation are no less than any martyr. This day honours the warriors of one of the toughest wars waged by mankind.
- Extending gratefulness across the planet towards voluntary blood donors.
- Spreading awareness about blood-related disorders, through the massive outreach of WHO.
- Spreading awareness regarding the urgency of blood donation.
- Outlining the importance of healthy blood donation habits.
- Highlighting the requirement of disease-free blood for a healthy future.
“If you really want to lend a hand, lend an arm. Donate your blood for a reason, let the reason to be life.”
***Every year on the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner on 14 June, 1868, World Blood Donor Day is celebrated. This event was first initiated and established to be celebrated on 14 June, 2004 by the “World Health Organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies” with an aim to raise public awareness about the need for safe blood donation voluntarily and unpaid by the healthy person.
- Health Check-Ups All the Way! : Before Blood donation, the donor is monitored if he is healthy and capable of blood donation. It allows one to identify any major potential health risks or the possibility of any blood-disorder and also, being a regular blood donor :one can avail a free health check up every once in a while.
- Shell Out the Iron Reserves : It is known that donating blood can be a healthy and safe way to get rid of the excess store of iron. A disorder known as Hemochromatosis is caused due to an excess of iron in the body.
- Save Our Souls from Cancer: Research found that many cancer patients have comparatively higher levels of iron than others. Regular blood donation can monitor and improve health levels by drastic margins and it is only a matter of time before you may achieve excellent health.
- Cardiac Arrests No More : Excess iron in the blood can immediately cause blood vessels to constrict. These constrictions then lead to cardiovascular health conditions and possible cardiac arrests. Therefore, a reduction in iron levels could do no harm.
- A Happy World Makes a Happy Mind : An act of kindness and a selfless deed induces joy and satisfaction, which thereby create a great psychological environment. Peace and harmony dwell in the hearts of voluntary donors who bear in mind that they are making the world a better place to live in.
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
Disadvantages : Just like any coin has two sides to it, the disadvantages of blood donation can’t be neglected and must be borne in mind, when preparing oneself mentally to become a donor.
Prick of a Needle:This prick is minute and lasts only for a second, as the doctor inserts the blood drawing instrument into your arm.
Bleeding : Once you have donated blood and all the medical gear has been removed, it might bleed for a while which can be taken care of by folding your arm or indirectly applying pressure to the area
Nauseous Experience : Sudden loss of blood may lead to this feeling, but it is only
Dizzy and Tired Feeling : Some may feel tremendously dizzy and tired, as a significant amount of blood leaves the body.
Tiny Scar : There will be temporary scar on arm, in the area where the needle is pierced which will fade away with time.
“A donation of blood means a few minutes to you, but a lifetime for somebody else.”
The campaign theme for 2020 World Blood Donor Day is “Safe blood saves lives” with the slogan “Give blood and make the world a healthier place”. The idea is to focus on the contribution an individual giver can make to improve health for others in the community.
“The donation of blood makes the difference between life and death.”
HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY
Give blood! :If you’re eligible to donate blood, you only need to dedicate about an hour of your day to this live-saving process.
Spread the word : Spreading the word about the importance of World Blood Donor Day can be hugely impactful. Tell your friends, family, colleagues, and social media followers how important blood donations are. Many people are unaware of how easy the process is, so word-of-mouth is incredibly helpful in inspiring future blood donors.
Find an event near you: Look online to see if there are any special events in your area, such as rallies or pop-up donation sites, to celebrate World Blood Donor Day. Many blood centers, hospitals, and volunteers set up special, fun events on June 14th to celebrate the holiday and maximize blood donations.
Frequently Asked Questions :
1. How Often Can I Donate Blood?
A minimum of two months, or in other words, eight weeks is the recommended pause between two whole blood donation activities.
2. How Much Blood Can I Donate?
About 8% of the volume of an average adult’s blood content is considered optimum for donation at once. This is generally about 470ml.
3. Who is Eligible for Donating Blood?
-18 years of age
-People diseased with AIDS, Syphilis, Hepatitis A-B, etc., are strictly disallowed
-The minimum weight required is 45-50 kilograms. It is preferable to have normal levels of sugar, blood pressure, pulse rate, and body temperature to be a successful donor.
“If you’re a blood donor, you’re a hero to someone, somewhere, who received your gracious gift of life.”
Dr. Dimpy Gupta
Indus Hospitals(Mohali, Dera Bassi, Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab)