Carter BloodCare invites the community to save lives during worldwide recognition day for blood donors. World Blood Donor Day is a worldwide effort to raise awareness about the need for blood donation and inspire action. This is the 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day and the second year the Texas Rangers Baseball Club will collaborate with us. To learn more about our World Blood Donor Day events, check out our previous blog post.
World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. WHO highlighted some important blood donation facts to generate awareness across the world.
- Every year 107 million blood donations are collected worldwide. Approximately half of these are collected in high-income countries, home to only 15 percent of the world’s population.
- Many patients requiring transfusion, particularly in developing countries, do not have timely access to safe blood.
- Regular voluntary blood donors are the safest source of blood, as there are fewer blood borne infections among these donors than among people who donate for family members in emergencies or who give blood for payment.
- In low- and middle-income countries, the greatest use of donated blood is for pregnancy-related complications and severe childhood anemia.
- In high-income countries, transfusion is most commonly used for supportive care in heart surgery, transplant surgery, massive trauma and cancer therapy.
- Voluntary unpaid donors account for 100 percent of blood supplies in 60 countries.
Remember, Carter BloodCare’s very own community needs 1,100 donors a day, so set aside some time on World Blood Donor Day to donate blood and save up to three lives. For more information about donor eligibility or to make an appointment, call Carter BloodCare at 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.