Held on the 14th June each year, World Blood Donor Day is organised by the World Health Organisation, and celebrates the contribution that blood donors across the globe make in saving lives and improving health, every single day.
However, in many countries, blood supply is inadequate, or unsafe, or both – a difference particularly marked between high- and low-income countries. Voluntary, unpaid blood donors – such as we have in Scotland – are regarded as the safest type of donors, and we would like to thank every single one of you. The World Health Organization’s goal is for all countries to obtain all their blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors by 2020.
This year’s theme is #BloodConnectsUsAll, representing the unique relationship between donors and patients. We all have blood in common: it flows through every single one of us, and any one of us could need it one day.