World Blood Donor Day - Objectives
The specific objectives are to:
- Provide a global platform to celebrate and thank individuals who donate blood voluntarily, for altruistic reasons and without any monetary reward.
- Promote and support the establishment of effective national blood donor programmes and the elimination of a dependency on family/replacement and paid blood donation.
- Promote the adoption of the Club 25 approach in an increased number of countries to encourage a commitment to regular, voluntary blood donation by young people at low risk of transmitting infection through their blood.
- Promote and support national activities to celebrate and promote voluntary non-remunerated blood donation by:
- Encouraging existing low-risk voluntary donors to give blood regularly
- Encouraging new people to donate their blood on a voluntary unpaid basis
- Promoting low-risk behaviour so that individuals protect their own health as well as being safe to donate blood.
- Build wider public awareness of the need for regular blood donation throughout the year in order to maintain an adequate supply of blood for all patients requiring transfusion.
Since its establishment, World Blood Donor Day is actively promoted collaboratively by the World Health Organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations, the International Society of Blood Transfusion and other collaborating partners. The number of collaborating partners grows every year.