World Blood Donor Day- save a life

Updated: Jun 15, 2012, 11:36 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Shillong: As nations across the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day today, the 14th June, the main objective is to create awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, not forgetting to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving and compassionate gifts of blood.

The Global theme for 2012 World Blood Donor Day is- “Every blood donor is a hero.” It stresses on the idea of encouraging every individual to be a part of this generous feature by voluntarily donating blood regularly to the disadvantaged and needy people.

Various organizations in India take part in celebrating the event every year. Among them is the Meghalaya AIDS Control Society, which in association with Meghalaya State Legislators’ Forum on HIV and AIDS, Meghalaya State Transfusion Council and licensed blood banks of the state will also jointly observe World Blood Donor Day with the theme ‘Every Blood Donor is a Hero’ from Thursday.

“To create awareness for safe and continuous blood supply, June 14 is observed as World Blood Donor Day every year. However, this year we are launching a month-long programme focusing on the idea that everyone can become a hero by donating blood,” says S Laloo, project director of the Meghalaya AIDS Control Society.

“While recognizing the silent and unsung heroes who save lives every day through blood donation, the theme also strongly encourages more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly,” he said.

Laloo also added that the goal of World Health Organization is that all countries must be able to obtain their blood supplies entirely from voluntary unpaid donors by 2020.