World Blood Donor Day, 14 June

11 June, 2018

The text below is reproduced from the Irish Forum for Global Health (


On June 14, countries around the globe celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The day serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their blood donations as well as to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations.

Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions in need for blood live longer and with a higher quality of life. Blood donations has a crucial, life-saving role in maternal and child care as well as during the emergency response to man-made and natural disasters. A blood service that allows patients to access safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity is a critical component of an effective health system. An adequate supply can only be ensured through regular donations by voluntary, unpaid blood donors. However, in many countries, blood services face the challenge of making sufficient blood available, while also ensuring its quality and safety.

Each year, a different country hosts World Blood Donor Day. This year, Greece will be hosting the event in Athens on 14 June 2018. For more information, please click here.

To donate blood in Ireland, please visit the Irish Blood Transfusion website here.

Thank you for all those who have donated blood!


Best wishes, Neil

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