Today is Blood Donor Day
Ghana is today joining the rest of the global community to observe Blood Donor Day. It is commemorated annually to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.
This year’s event is under the theme “Give blood, give plasma, share life, share often.” It focuses on patients requiring life-long transfusion support and underlines the role every single person can play, by giving the valuable gift of blood or plasma.
It also highlights the importance of giving blood or plasma regularly to create a safe and sustainable supply of blood and blood products that can be always available, all over the world, so that all patients in need can receive timely treatment.
Every year countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day in recognition of the selfless individuals who donate their blood for people unknown to them.
Access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity is a key component of an effective health system. Wide participation of the population in regular blood and plasma donations ensure that everyone can access blood and plasma proteins when they need it.
All blood and plasma donors together provide a precious safeguard for patients and communities. Ensuring the safety and well-being of blood and plasma donors is critical as it helps build commitment to regular donations.