Donating blood is an act of solidarity

Ranjan K Baruah
Contd from prev issue
We are aware that blood and blood products are essential resources for effective management of women suffering from bleeding associated with pregnancy and childbirth; children suffering from severe anaemia due to malaria and malnutrition; patients with blood and bone marrow disorders, inherited disorders of haemoglobin and immune deficiency conditions; victims of trauma, emergencies, disasters and accidents; as well as patients undergoing advanced medical and surgical procedures. The need for blood is universal, but access to blood for all those who need it is not. Blood shortages are particularly acute in low- and middle-income countries.
To raise awareness related to blood donors, one day is specially observed around the world. World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) takes place on 14 June each year and was created to raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion; •highlight the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems;•support national blood transfusion services, blood donor organizations and other non governmental organizations in strengthening and expanding their voluntary blood donor programmes by reinforcing national and local campaigns.
To ensure that everyone who needs transfusion has access to safe blood, all countries need voluntary, unpaid blood donors who give blood regularly. The irony is that there are individuals who have donated blood every year and there are individuals who have never donated blood in their lifetime . For 2022, the WBDD slogan is “Donating blood is an act of solidarity.  The specific objectives of this year’s campaign are to thank blood donors in the world and create wider public awareness of the need for regular, unpaid blood donation apart from others.
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