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Theme, reasons to consider the ‘simple but selfless’ act

World Blood Donor Day, held every year on June 14, continues to raise awareness worldwide of the importance and need for safe blood donations. It also honors the world’s donors for their “simple yet selfless” act.

The World Health Assembly declared the celebration in May 2005 after the success of World Health Day in 2000, which focused on blood donation and transfusions. Since then, World Blood Donor Day has been celebrated on June 14 with the aim of raising awareness of the need for safe blood, highlighting the important contributions of unpaid, voluntary donors and supporting national blood transfusion services, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

This year’s theme is “Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Get involved and save lives.” This highlights the important role of voluntary blood donation in “saving lives and increasing solidarity within communities,” according to the WHO. It is also meant to thank the blood donors of the world.

As the organization noted, access to safe blood should be “integral” in countries’ health care systems. However, many people who need life-saving blood still do not have timely access to it.

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