WHO global health days

Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters

June 2015 -- The theme of this year’s campaign is "Thank you for saving my life". It focuses on thanking blood donors who save lives every day through their blood donations and strongly encourages more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly with the slogan “Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters.” The campaign aims to highlight stories from people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, as a way of motivating regular blood donors to continue giving blood and people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so.

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108 millionblood donations every year.

10 facts on blood transfusion

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.

The Melbourne Declaration

Countdown to World Blood Donor Day 14 June 2015

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