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

What you can do


  • Become a blood donor today and help make the world a healthier place.
  • Commit to being a regular donor and give blood throughout the year.
  • Encourage your friends and family to become regular blood donors.
  • Volunteer with the blood service to reach out to members of your community, provide care to donors, and help manage blood donation sessions/drives.
  • Find out your blood type and register as a blood donor.
  • Participate in World Blood Donor Day with your social networks.

Ministries of Health

  • Organize and participate in virtual activities to celebrate World Blood Donor Day, promoting voluntary unpaid blood donation to the public, across government and to other sectors.
  • Acknowledge the important role of blood donors in achieving the goal of “safe blood saves lives”.
  • Provide resources and infrastructure to facilitate voluntary blood donation.
  • Support the development of nationally coordinated blood transfusion services that provide equitable access to safe and quality assured blood transfusions for the whole population.
  • Put quality assurance systems in place for blood and blood products.
  • Download and distribute WHO’s World Blood Donor Day materials to health centres.
  • Speak to media about the importance of blood donation and the successes and challenges of your country in meeting national needs for blood.

 National blood transfusion services

  • Disseminate information about the importance of giving blood.
  • Distribute campaign materials that you can download from the World Blood Donor Day campaign web site.
  • Organize a virtual World Blood Donor Day celebration. This could include:
    • Inviting prominent politicians, celebrities and sporting heroes to make videos or communicate on the importance of giving blood;
    • Producing and disseminating promotional materials through your web site and social channels;
    • setting up virtual visits of blood centres and inviting the public to learn about blood donation and transfusion; and
    • promoting blood donation success stories and heroic blood donors to your media.
  • Improve the infrastructure for blood donation and blood donor care.
  • Focus attention on donor health and care and provide quality service to blood donors.

Useful Links:

Link to the related WHO news release:

Link to WHO’s World Blood Donor Day 2020 Campaign page:

Link to WHO page on Blood Transfusion Safety:

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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