When I arrived in Paris on Saturday after a slow miserable journey of several hours and standing for most of the journey due to widespread industrial action I saw modern rickshaw transport waiting outside the station marked with a sign saying “come, give your blood! I thought this was a French idea of a joke! The smiling student drivers were there to transport passing, customers to donate blood. Unbeknown to me it was World Blood Donor day and every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves 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. These rickshaws had been organised by the EFS( French Blood Service – Etablissement Français du Sang)
Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. It also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and perinatal care.
However, in many countries, there is not an adequate supply of safe blood, and blood services face the challenge of making sufficient blood available, while also ensuring its quality and safety. An adequate supply can only be assured through regular donations by voluntary unpaid blood donors. WHO’s goal is for all countries to obtain all their blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors by 2020. Today, in just 60 countries, national blood supplies are based on close to 100% voluntary unpaid blood donations, with 40 countries still dependent on family donors and even paid donors.
The focus of this year’s World Blood Donor Day campaign is “Safe blood for saving mothers”. Every day, about 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. Severe bleeding during delivery and after childbirth is a major cause of mortality, morbidity and long-term disability. Severe bleeding is the cause of 34% of maternal deaths in Africa, 31% in Asia and 21% in Latin America and the Caribbean. The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness about why timely access to safe blood and blood products is essential for all countries as part of a comprehensive approach to prevent maternal deaths.
How and where you can donate blood
Both my parents donated blood for many years- I grew up thinking that was what every parent did every few months on a Sunday afternoon!
We regular post details of blood donor sessions in surgery but you can find out your nearest centre by clicking into the following website and inserting your postcode. https://my.blood.co.uk
The next nearest centre to the surgery is
Ealing, Ealing Town Hall New Broadway, Ealing, London., W5 2BY Distance 0.79 mile
Next session in 2 days 16/06/2014
Choose date Mon 16th Jun, 2014 13:00-15:00 / 16:30-19:30
Available to walk in
Appointments can be made
Find places in many other countries:-
Other places in the World
For those readers in USA use the following website http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation-v6
Où donner votre sang ?
Other European countries – find your country
To mark World Blood Donor Day 2014, thousands of volunteers have turned up at a centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka to donate blood in what is being claimed as South Asia’s largest blood drive.
Sri Lankans attach special importance to the act of blood donation. “Because most Sri Lankans follow Buddhism, blood donation is religiously and culturally accepted and very much a valued concept,” says Dr Namal Bandara, Senior Registrar of the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS).
Details on other countries and blood safety on the World Health Organisation website http://who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs279/en/