Give the gift of life: donate blood

Blood transfusion saves lives and improves health, but many patients requiring transfusion do not have timely access to safe blood. Providing safe and adequate blood should be an integral part of every country’s national health care policy and infrastructure

Blood transfusion is needed for:
  • Women with complications of pregnancy, such as ectopic pregnancies and haemorrhage before, during or after childbirth;
  • Children with severe anaemia often resulting from malaria or malnutrition;
  • People with severe trauma following accidents.
  • Many surgical and cancer patients.
  • It is also needed for regular transfusions for people with conditions such as thalassaemia and sickle cell disease and is used to make products such as clotting factors for people with hemophilia.

There is a constant need for regular blood supply because blood can be stored for only a limited time before use. Regular blood donations by a sufficient number of healthy people is needed to ensure that safe blood will be available whenever and wherever it is needed.

Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person — the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components — red cells, platelets and plasma — which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions.

World Blood Donor Day, celebrated on 14 June every year, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. We focus on the value of donated blood to the patient, not only in saving life, but also in helping people live longer and more productive lives.