Date: 14 June 2012
No parent ever wants to see their children lying on hospital beds. No parent ever wants to see their child needing blood transfusions. Reality is children need safe blood for transfusions every day.
On 14 June, countries worldwide will celebrate World Blood Donor Day. There will be events to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products. This is a day to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.
Why is it important to donate blood?
Safe blood saves lives and improves health. Blood transfusion is needed for:
- Women with complications of pregnancy
- Example: ectopic pregnancies and haemorrhage before, during or after childbirth
- Children with severe anaemia often resulting from malaria or malnutrition
- People with severe trauma following accidents
- Many surgical and cancer patients
Parents, grandparents, children and infants, aunts and uncles, cousins and siblings could all be the one person in your life that needs a blood transfusion to survive. If you want to be the one to help save a life, donate today and know that you are doing your part to save the life of another human being, regardless of age.