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World Blood Donor Day

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2011TueJun 14World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance
2012ThuJun 14World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance
2013FriJun 14World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance
2014SatJun 14World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance
2015SunJun 14World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance
2016TueJun 14World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance
2017WedJun 14World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance
2018ThuJun 14World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance
2019FriJun 14World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance
2020SunJun 14World Blood Donor DayUnited Nations observance

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