WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY: JUNE 14, 2016

World Blood Donor Day

Safe blood supplies are a scarce commodity – especially in developing countries. World Blood Donor Day is an occasion to raise awareness of the problem and thank donors worldwide. It is held anually on June 14.

Giving blood is easy and saves lives.
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What Do People Do?

Many events are held around the world on June 14 to mark World Blood Donor Day. These include football matches, concerts and mobile blood donation clinics. In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) called upon communities world-wide to symbolically “paint the world red” by coloring, covering or lighting monuments and landmarks.

Public Life

World Blood Donor Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

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.

2016 THEME: ‘Blood Connects Us All”

World Blood Donor Day Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type Where It is Observed
Tue Jun 14 2011 World Blood Donor Day United Nations observance
Thu Jun 14 2012 World Blood Donor Day United Nations observance
Fri Jun 14 2013 World Blood Donor Day United Nations observance
Sat Jun 14 2014 World Blood Donor Day United Nations observance
Sun Jun 14 2015 World Blood Donor Day United Nations observance
Tue Jun 14 2016 World Blood Donor Day United Nations observance
Wed Jun 14 2017 World Blood Donor Day United Nations observance
Thu Jun 14 2018 World Blood Donor Day United Nations observance
Fri Jun 14 2019 World Blood Donor Day United Nations observance
Sun Jun 14 2020 World Blood Donor Day United Nations observance

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