New York, 14 June 2022 (TDI): Children in developing countries aged five years or less require blood transfusion the most. These statistics were shared by World Health Organization (WHO) on International Blood Donor Day.

United Nations celebrates World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) each year on 14 June. The celebration aims to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products.

In addition, the day is also celebrated to thank unpaid volunteers for their life-saving initiatives. The theme of Blood Donor Day 2022 calls for people to donate blood as a gesture of solidarity with the people.

Regular blood donations ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable, timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood & blood products.

People in armed conflicts, victims of natural disasters, and accidents require a blood transfusion, which is possible due to the efforts of local people.

WHO Guidelines for Blood Donors

For this purpose, World Health Organization (WHO) has set clear guidelines to ensure safe blood diffusion for the patients. Subsequently, a stable blood supply in sufficient quantity is critical for an effective health system.

While the theme of the blood donors day changes each year, the aim remains to honor selfless individuals who donate their blood to save the lives of unknown people.

WHO urges blood donors to ensure blood donations up to six times a year to help the needy. According to the guidelines by WHO, males can donate blood after every 90 days, whereas females must give at least 120 days between each blood donation.

In addition, the hemoglobin of the blood donor must not be less than 12.5g/dL. Similarly, the minimum weight of the donor must not be less than 55 kgs/110 lbs.

Mental Health and Well Being

While there is no harm in blood donation, the blood donor must have a sound mind at the time of blood donation. In addition, the person must have taken adequate rest before commencing and should have good health.

Also, the blood donors must not have any traces of alcohol or intoxicants in their blood at the time of blood donation. In addition, blood donation has numerous health benefits for the blood donors as well.