World Blood Donor Day 2018
Blood donation as an action of solidarity
Did you know that donating blood is good for your health? Donating blood reduces the thickness and stickiness of the blood making it easier for the blood to flow through blood vessels.
Out of the approximately 112.5 million blood donations collected globally, half of them are collected in high-income countries. The aim of this article however, is to focus on the world blood donor day and help people understand how important it is to donate blood.
Blood donation refers to the voluntary action of a person to have their blood drawn and used for blood transfusion or to make biopharmaceutical medications.
About World Blood Donor Day
Since 2004, people around the world have been celebrating the world blood donor day on every 14th of June. The day is aimed at showing gratitude to those that have donated blood voluntarily and to raise awareness of the continued need for regular donations to assist patients who need blood and blood products.
This year, the theme for the event is; Blood donation as an action of solidarity. The purpose of this theme is to highlight the fundamental human values which underline and sustain the voluntary blood donation systems worldwide.
What this year’s theme aims to achieve
Through the world blood donor day, the objectives of this year’s campaign are as follows:
- To celebrate and thank the people that have donated their blood to save lives and to encourage those who have not to start donating.
- To raise awareness on the fact that donating blood is a selfless action beneficial to the society and that to have adequate supply of blood, there is need for regular voluntary donations.
- To highlight the need for committed year-round blood supplies to have an adequate supply.
- To bring attention to blood donation as a way of participating in the community’s health system
- To promote community values of blood donation so as to enhance community solidarity and togetherness
- To promote international collaboration and ensure worldwide dissemination and agreement of the principles of voluntary blood donation and increase blood safety and availability.
Things to consider when donating blood
There are several things that you must know before donating blood. These are:
- You have to be between 18 to 60 years of age
- You must weigh more than 45kgs and have a haemoglobin level of 12.5gm%
- You must be in good health, which can be confirmed through your medical history or tests
- You should ensure you have eaten a healthy-balanced diet; especially foods rich in iron before and after the donation. Eat and drink juice or water after the donation as well to replenish the lost fluids. However, stay away from caffeine and alcohol.
- You should not be under any medication
- You should not do activities that require so much energy such as exercising. Instead, take some rest.
Blood donation should be a year-round voluntary action and not something to do only when there is a tragedy or when your family member or close friend is in need of blood. This year let us donate blood and help others understand the impact and importance of blood donation.