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World Blood Donor Day

Updated: Jul 17, 2022

World Blood Donor Day

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated June 14 every year as World Blood Donor Day. In 2021, with the theme "Donating blood and keeping the pulse of humanity", this year's World Blood Donor Day reinforces the global call: Donate blood regularly and contribute to improving the health of the community.

The special focus of this year's campaign is on the role young people play in ensuring a safe blood supply. Contrary to stereotypes about young people today, in many countries, including Vietnam, young people are taking the lead in voluntary blood donation activities with important contributions to help maintain and promote the blood donation movement. to achieve a safe blood supply and improve public health. In the context that the amount of blood in the blood bank is decreasing, Ho Chi Minh City is also calling for blood donation to ensure enough blood for emergency and treatment at hospitals as well as having enough blood in reserve. Preventive safety for natural disasters and epidemics.

→ Here are 3 reasons you should volunteer to donate blood.

1. The need for regular blood supply

Why is continuous blood needed? Blood is not only used in emergencies, but also for long-term healing. Blood used for treatment needs to be available in a blood bank in advance.

However, some blood components have a short shelf life; For example, red blood cells can last for 42 days, while platelets only last about 5 days. Therefore, there is a need for healthy people to donate blood regularly to ensure that a safe source of blood is available whenever and wherever it is needed.

2. With each blood donation, you can save up to 3 lives

While technology is changing many aspects of life, including the healthcare sector, the continued need for blood for the treatment of chronic diseases, trauma and surgery remains one of the key factors. essential element to save lives.

Only in the city. In Ho Chi Minh City, every day blood banks need 600-900 blood bags to supply more than 130 hospitals in the area. Depending on the condition, the patient may receive about 500 ml of whole blood or blood components needed for treatment.

You can become a superhero without any super powers, because with each blood donation you can help save up to three lives because the donated blood will be divided into many components according to the needs of the patient individual and can be used by different recipients for different purposes.

3. Donating blood is good for your health

Contrary to the worry of many people that donating blood can harm health, donating blood actually promotes health if the volume of blood donated is suitable for the body as well as the reasonable frequency of donation. Some of the benefits of donating blood include:

  • Helps stimulate the body's ability to filter blood

  • Eliminating iron, reducing the amount of residual iron in the organs

  • Get tested for blood group and common infectious diseases

  • Get medical examination, eliminate the risk of medical diseases such as heart failure, liver failure, kidney failure, chronic anemia, etc.


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