World Blood Donor day — “Give blood and keep the world beating”


Blood donation is a very important part of healthcare. Blood transfusion saves millions of lives every year.

Doctors around the world use blood supplies for various conditions: blood or bone marrow disease, cancer, anemia, heart, kidney, and stomach disease, traumatic injuries in emergencies, disasters and accidents, etc.

  • Thank blood donors worldwide and raise public awareness of the need for regular, unpaid blood donations.
  • Promote the values of blood donation in enhancing community solidarity and social cohesion.
  • Encourage young people to embrace the humanitarian call to donate blood and motivate others to do the same.
  • Celebrate the potential of youth as partners in promoting health.

Did you know?

  • 1 blood donation could save up to 3 lives.
  • About 1 in 7 patients entering a hospital will need blood
  • About every 2 seconds someone needs blood
  • Blood from 1 donation can be divided into 2 components: red blood cells and plasma.
  • The average adult has about 10 pints (about 5 liters) of blood, but a typical whole-blood donation is only 1 pint.
  • O-negative blood is considered a ‘universal’ blood type because it can be given to people of all blood types.
  • Blood centers often run short of types O and B red blood cells.
  • Red blood cells have a short shelf life. They only last for 6 weeks (42 days), which is why donating regularly is so important
  • There is no substitute for human blood because blood cannot be manufactured — it can only come from generous donors
  • Donating whole blood takes only about 10–15 minutes.
  • A healthy donor can donate whole blood every 56 days
  • If you began donating blood at age 18 and donated every 90 days until you reached 60, you would have donated at least 112 liters of blood, potentially helping save more than 500 lives!




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The Young Pharmacists Group of FIP (International Pharmaceutical Federation)