We may have numerous external dissimilarities, but the same, vital blood — red in colour — runs in all our veins. An unfeigned thanks goes out to all those who have helped save lives by donating their blood. The selfless act of voluntary, non-remunerative blood donation is the greatest gift a person can give to anyone.
Access to safe blood and blood products, such as plasma, platelets and red blood cells (RBCs), is a crucial part of efficacious healthcare. They are needed worldwide for treatments during both normal and emergency situations. Blood transfusion helps people suffering from life-threatening diseases to live longer and also plays an essential life-saving role in maternal and child care. Blood and blood products are also required for life-saving interventions during natural as well as man-made disasters.
Though safe blood is needed universally, access to it is considered to be a privilege of just a few. Places in the world still struggle to make safe blood available to those in need, primarily due to low donations and scarcity of blood testing equipment. A safe and adequate blood supply can only be guaranteed by people who regularly give blood without payment or coercion. Therefore, since 2004, World Blood Donor Day has been celebrated every year on June 14, with the aim to encourage regular voluntary donation of blood for maintaining a sustainable supply to support life-saving interventions.
Voluntary, unpaid donors are considered to be the safest source of blood. As they give blood of their free will and without payment, they are unlikely to conceal information about their health status or lifestyle details that could render them ineligible for blood donation.
A common trait that all voluntary unpaid blood donors share is they put others before themselves. They donate some amount of their time of theirs and a little of themselves to save the lives of people they don’t even know. A wholehearted thanks to them for their selfless act.