Islamabad - World Blood Donor will be observed on Sunday 14th June across the world to raise the public awareness about the need for safe blood donation including its products voluntarily and unpaid by the healthy person.

The theme of 2015 would be “Thank you for saving my life”. Blood donors are the key role player at this day as they donate life-saving gifts of blood to the needed person. It was first initiated and established to be celebrated annually on 14th of June by “the World Health Organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies” in the year 2004.

World blood donor day was officially established by the WHO with its 192 member states in the month of May in 2005 at the 58th World Health Assembly.

in order to motivate all the countries worldwide to thank the blood donors for their precious step, promote voluntary, safe and unpaid blood donations to ensure the sufficient blood supplies.

Despite about 92 million yearly blood donations worldwide, safe blood is constantly on high demand, especially in developing countries.

World blood donor day falls on the birthday of Karl Landsteiner (June 14, 1868). He created the ABO blood group system, which is still used today to ensure the safety of blood transfusions.

Experts say that transfusion of blood and blood products can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures.

It also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and parental care. Access to safe and sufficient blood and blood products can help reduce rates of death and disability due to severe bleeding during delivery and after childbirth.

In many countries, there is an inadequate supply of safe blood, and blood services face the challenge of making sufficient blood available, while also ensuring its quality and safety.