World Blood Donor Day 2022 – Blood donations are especially critical when supplies are running low to ensure everyone has access to blood should they need it.
Every few seconds there is someone who needs a blood donation to survive. With this startling reality in mind, it’s important to consider donating blood to help patients when they are dealing with things such as chronic illnesses, traumatic injuries, surgeries and even cancer treatments.
Blood donations are especially critical when supplies are running low to ensure everyone has access to blood should they need it.
While the need is great, donations are much less. According to the Red Cross only about 6.3 million people living in the U.S. are donating blood out of the 328 million that make up the population. Meeting supply demands is always urgent so action should be taken.
In the month of June we celebrate World Blood Donor Day as a way to remind everyone to come together for the act of donating blood to help save lives.
Since 2005, the World Health Organization and the Red Cross have worked together to shed light on the urgent need and also to thank all those volunteers who are providing lifesaving value through their blood donations.
There is more than one type of blood you can donate. In addition to standard blood donations, there is also a need for platelets, plasma and even red cells to be donated to help people who are fighting cancers, diseases and other life threatening issues.
The event, which takes place every year on June 14 highlights the need for this critical blood supply here in the U.S. and promotes the need for unpaid blood donors to step forward and help keep our nation’s blood supply and health systems healthy.
For 2022, the theme, “Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives,” really focuses on the need for voluntary blood donations for our local communities and the larger nation.
Finally, this is also a time to focus on activism and pushing for greater blood reserves. This includes the need for increased investment from governments. Having a strong supply for blood donations requires building a strong system and collection strategy and the support and backing of these important officials is critical to making it all work. Together we can save lives.
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