World Blood Donor Day 2019

On the 14th of June, it is World Blood Donor Day. Because I have Common Variable Immuno Deficiency (CVID), I would not be here without blood donors.

I received a request to visit the local blood bank. Because it is World Blood Donor Day, I want to show my appreciation. Therefore, I accepted the request. I am not sure what is exactly expected of me. At least I will talk with blood donors about their experiences and my own concerning the importance of donating blood. Maybe I should bring a small gift too!

Safe blood for all

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has started a campaign to promote donating blood. They have developed the slogan “Safe blood for all” to raise awareness of the universal need for safe blood in the delivery of health care and the crucial roles that voluntary donations play in achieving the goal of universal health coverage.

A couple of the key messages of this campaign are:

  • Every few seconds, someone, somewhere, needs blood.
  • Therefore, transfusions of blood and blood products save millions of lives every year.
  • Furthermore, access to safe blood and blood product is essential for universal health coverage and a key component of effective health systems.
  • Lastly, health is a human right; everyone in the world should have access to safe blood transfusions, when and where they need them.

More information

The campaign of the WHO can be found here. For more information about donating blood, I want to refer you to https://www.sanquin.nl/ or your local blood bank. Applying to be a blood donor should be easy! Just plan a visit to your local blood bank and let them help you help others. For more information about CVID, please go to https://stichtingvoorafweerstoornissen.nl/. If you want to book me as experience expert of CVID, please contact me via the contact form.

World Blood Donor Day. - Image of a red heart with a circle around it with the four blood types. - Text below image: World Blood Donor Day