World Blood Donor Day takes place on 14th June each year. The aim is to raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion and of the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems.
The day (Monday) also provides an opportunity to call to action to governments and national health authorities to provide adequate resources and put into place systems and infrastructures to increase the collection of blood from voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors.
Safe blood and blood products and their transfusion are a critical aspect of care and public health. They save millions of lives and improve the health and quality of life of many patients every day. The need for blood is universal, but access to blood for all those who need it is not. Blood shortages are particularly acute in developing countries.
To ensure that everyone who needs safe blood has access to it, all countries need voluntary, unpaid donors who give blood regularly. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, despite limited mobility and other challenges, blood donors in many countries have continued to donate blood and plasma to patients who need transfusion. This extraordinary effort during a time of unprecedented crisis highlights the crucial role of well-organized, committed voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors in ensuring a safe and sufficient blood supply during normal and emergency times.
For 2021, the World Blood Donor Day slogan will be “Give blood and keep the world beating”. The message highlights the essential contribution blood donors make to keeping the world pulsating by saving lives and improving others’ health. It reinforces the global call for more people all over the world to donate blood regularly and contribute to better health.
In Hua Hin donors are being invited to give blood on 12th and 13th (9 AM to 3.30 PM) and 14th to 17th June (8.30 AM to 4.30 PM to receive a free t-shirt showing “World Blood Donor Day 2021” as a souvenir. This will be offered at the Hua Hin Red Cross Station located behind the main municipality building.
Blood donors must not have any disease, aged 18 – 60 years old, weight 50 kg or more without risky behaviour in relation to sex or drugs. They must not be taking antibiotics or medication to prevent blood clotting or muscle relaxants. Women cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding and before donating blood, donors should get enough sleep of at least 6 hours.
The Red Cross has strict measures for screening all blood donors and checks every bag of blood before delivering to patients Therefore, it is assured that the blood donation is safe.
Call 0 3251 2370 for more information.