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Give the gift of life: donate blood

12 June 2013 -- World Blood Donor Day, celebrated on 14 June every year, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. With the slogan "Give the gift of life: donate blood", this year’s campaign, the 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day, will focus on the value of donated blood to the patient, not only in saving life, but also in helping people live longer and more productive lives.

Video: World Blood Donor Day 2013

13 June 2013 -- This video message by Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, was produced on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day 2013. It calls for all countries to obtain 100% of their supplies of blood and blood products from voluntary unpaid blood donors by 2020. Providing safe and adequate supplies of blood and blood products should be an integral part of every country's national health care policy and infrastructure.

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107 millionblood donations every year.

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Use of blood

65%of blood transfusions in low-income countries are given to children under five years of age.

Fact sheet on blood donation

WHO’s goal

2020is the target year for all countries to obtain 100% of blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors.

Melbourne declaration
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