World Blood Donor Day

Question: When is World Blood Donor Day celebrated?
(a) June, 5th
(b) June, 18th
(c) June, 12th
(d) June, 14th
Answer: (d)
Related facts:

  • World Blood Donor Day was celebrated across the globe on 14th June.
  • The host country for World Blood Donor Day, 2019 is Rwanda.
  • The theme of this day was: Blood Donation and Universal Access to Safe Blood Transfusion, as a component of achieving universal health coverage.
  • A slogan: Safe Blood for All has also been adopted.
  • This day encourages more people all over the world to become blood donors and donate blood regularly.

Facts about Blood donation:

  • There are three type of blood donors; voluntary unpaid, family/replacement and paid.
  • Of the 117.4 million blood donations collected globally, 42% of these are collected in high-income countries having 16% of the world’s population.
  • In low-income countries, up to 52% of blood transfusions are given to children under 5 years of age; whereas in high-income countries, the most frequently transfused patient group is over 65 years of age, accounting for up to 75% of all transfusions.
  • Based on samples of 1000 people, the blood donation rate is 32.6 donations in high-income countries, 15.1 donations in upper-middle-income countries, 8.1 donations in lower-middle-income countries and 4.4 donations in low-income countries.
  • 71% of reporting countries, or 123 out of 173, had a national blood policy in 2015. Overall, 60% of reporting countries, or 104 out of 173, has specific legislation covering the safety and quality of blood transfusion.

Links:
https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-blood-donor-day/2019
https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/blood-safety-and-availability
http://www.newsonair.com/News?title=World-Blood-Donor-Day-today–All-you-need-to-know&id=364874

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