World Blood Donor Day (14 June 2020): Safe blood saves lives

Key Messages

  • The world needs enough safe blood for everyone in need.
  • Every few seconds, someone, somewhere, needs blood.
  • Transfusions of blood and blood products save millions of lives every year.
  • Health is a human right; everyone in the world should have access to safe blood transfusions, when and where they need them.
  • Regular blood donations are needed all over the world to ensure individuals and communities have access to safe and quality-assured blood and blood products.
  • Everyone who can donate blood should consider making regular voluntary, unpaid donations, so that all countries have adequate blood supplies.
  • Ensuring the safety and well-being of blood donors is critical; it helps build commitment to regular donations.
  • Access to safe blood and blood product is essential for universal health coverage and a key component of effective health systems.

Blood and blood products are essential to care for:

  • women with pregnancy and childbirth associated bleeding;
  • children with severe anaemia due to malaria and malnutrition;
  • patients with blood and bone marrow disorders, inherited disorders of haemoglobin and immune deficiency conditions;
  • people with traumatic injuries in emergencies, disasters and accidents; and
  • patients undergoing advanced medical and surgical procedures. 

2 thoughts on “World Blood Donor Day (14 June 2020): Safe blood saves lives

    1. drroopesh Post author

      Dear Someone,

      It depends on where you plan to donate blood:

      In Canada, “as long as you are sober, show no signs of intoxication and can give informed consent”, you can donate. Previously, they required 12 hours from resolution of intoxication before donation.

      In Australia, questions about smoking and alcohol are not included in the quiz to determine eligibility. However, you are advised against consuming alcohol for 8 hours after donation.

      In Wales (UK), while questions about smoking and alcohol are not part of the ‘eligibility quiz’, they do advise donors not to smoke for 2 hours after donation, and avoid alcohol for the rest of the day. Similarly, donors are advised to avoid alcohol before donation.

      Generally, one should have smoked over 4 hours before the time of donation; and consumed alcohol over 12 hours before donation (to be safe). However, guidelines vary from location to location. Please contact your local blood bank for specific details.

      Dr. Roopesh



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