World Blood Donor Day 2019: Things to Remember Before Blood Donation, Says WHO
World Blood Donor Day is celebrated to raise awareness towards blood donation to ensure that all individuals have accessibility, affordability and timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood and blood products.
World Blood Donor Day 2019 | Celebrated around the world on June 14, World Blood Donor Day serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.
The day also commemorates the need to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood and blood products, as an integral part of universal health coverage.
While blood donation can assist in a number of health aspects, from basic research to finding cures for cancer and degenerative diseases to genetic disorders, not everyone may be eligible to donate blood. Here are a few things one needs to remember before donating blood according to WHO.
For starters, a person can donate blood if he/she is in:
Is at least 18 years old
Weighs at least 50 kgs
Is not pregnant
Possess a valid government-issued photo ID