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World Blood Donor Day

Quick Facts

On World Blood Donor Day numerous events are held worldwide to raise awareness about the importance of safe blood supplies.

Local names

NameLanguage
World Blood Donor DayEnglish
Día Mundial del Donante de SangreSpanish
יום תורם דם עולמיHebrew
يوم التبرع بالدم العالميArabic
세계 헌혈자의 날Korean
WeltblutspendetagGerman

World Blood Donor Day 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

World Blood Donor Day 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015
List of dates for other years

Safe blood supplies are a scarce commodity – especially in developing countries. World Blood Donor Day is an occasion to raise awareness of the problem and thank donors worldwide. It is held anually on June 14.

Giving blood is easy and saves lives.

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What do people do?

Many events are held around the world on June 14 to mark World Blood Donor Day. These include football matches, concerts and mobile blood donation clinics. In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) called upon communities world-wide to symbolically "paint the world red" by coloring, covering or lighting monuments and landmarks.

Public life

World Blood Donor Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

Despite about 92 million yearly blood donations worldwide, safe blood is constantly on high demand, especially in developing countries.

World Blood Donor Day falls on the birthday of Karl Landsteiner (June 14, 1868). He created the ABO blood group system, which is still used today to ensure the safety of blood transfusions.

World Blood Donor Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
TueJun 142011World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuJun 142012World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance 
FriJun 142013World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance 
SatJun 142014World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance 
SunJun 142015World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance 
TueJun 142016World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance 
WedJun 142017World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuJun 142018World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance 
FriJun 142019World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance 
SunJun 142020World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance 
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