Blood transfusion safety

Voluntary non-remunerated blood donation

The safest blood donors are voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors from low-risk populations. In the key global fact and figures in 2011 (Fact sheet number 279, in 62 countries, national blood supplies are based on 100% or almost 100% (more than 99.9%) voluntary unpaid blood donations. Forty countries collect less than 25% of their blood supplies from voluntary unpaid blood donors. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) goal is for all countries to obtain all blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors by 2020 in accordance with World Health Assembly resolution 28.72, which was adopted in 1975.

World Blood Donor Day, 14 June

In May 2005, at the Fifty-Eighth Session of the World Health Assembly, 192 Member States of the World Health Organization adopted resolution WHA58.13 to establish World Blood Donor Day as an annual event, to be celebrated each year on 14 June. WHO, in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Crescent and Red Cross Societies (IFRCRCS), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations (FIODS) and the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) sponsors World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) which is held on 14 June. A global event is also held on 14 June each year to provide a focus for an international media campaign on World Blood Donor Day.

Club 25: reaching young blood donors

WHO, in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRCRCS), has played a leading role in promoting the wider application of the Pledge 25/Club 25 peer education and promotion programmes pioneered in Zimbabwe in which young people aged 18–25 pledge to give 20 donations of blood before the age of 25 and to lead healthy lifestyles to protect both themselves and the recipients of their blood from HIV and other infectious agents.

Contact information

Blood Transfusion Safety
Department for Health Systems Policies and Workforce
World Health Organization-Headquarters
20 Avenue Appia
1211, Geneva 27
Switzerland