Today is World Blood Donor Day, and I want to start today by congratulating every single person who donates blood on a regular basis – you are true heroes. And there are a lot of you to congratulate – 107 million blood donates are collect around the world each year. Blood donations that certainly save lives and help tremendously with treatment. Blood donations are used in high income countries for recovering from heart and other transplant surgeries and trauma and cancer therapy. Unfortunately there is not quite enough people donating blood. Currently 60 countries around the world are collecting the blood donations required via volunteers but 73 countries are collecting more than 50% of their blood supply via replacement or paid donors. That money could definitely be better spent elsewhere while we have ample healthy people walking around that could simply donate. Furthermore, blood donations from unpaid volunteers are shown to be much safer, with far less chance of carrying infection than that of paid donors and people who give to family in an emergency.
The goal of the World Health Organisation is to have all countries sourcing 100% of their blood supply from volunteer donors by 2020. And with a single blood donation potentially saving 3 lives, what’s holding you back?
~ Darcie Rae
What’s your blood type? More on donating: http://www.donateblood.com.au/about-blood/types
More Information: http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-blood-donor-day/2013/en/index.html