With 92 million people donating blood per annum across the world, safe blood supplies are still a major concern, especially in developing countries, according to some latest figures.
Today, launching the awareness campaign on World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) on June 14, the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC) in New Delhi, theme was on “Thank you for saving my life”.
A new Mobile blood Bank Locator App was also launched to promote easy access of information regarding the nearest blood bank the Joint Secretary felicitated contributors of technology for promotion of Voluntary Blood Donation on this occasion — National Health Portal, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY), National Informatics Centre (NIC), Friends2support.org, Blood Connect, Indianblooddonors.com, Think Foundation, Blood On Call, Blood For All and Blood For Life.
With a slogan “Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters,” the awareness campaign was meant for expressing gratitude to the blood donors who save lives by donating blood. The day also creates awareness of the need for safe blood for transfusion and to highlight the importance of blood donation.
World Blood Donor Day coincides with the day of birthday anniversary of Karl Landsteiner on 14th of June in 1868. He was the first to dintinguish and name the main blood groups.
The global agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organisations (IFBDO) and the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) organize the event.
On this occasion, K. B. Agarwal, Joint Secretary, NACO launched the blood donation drive for willing donors to donate blood on this occasion and the Database of Blood banks on the National Health Portal.
The National Blood Transfusion Council has made available directory of all 2760 licensed blood banks at National Health Portal. To begin with the data of all 76 blood banks in Delhi, NCR and 524 blood banks from across the country has been made available and the process of uploading data of remaining licensed blood banks in the country is under process and will be made available soon.
To promote Voluntary Blood donation a National Short film contest was organized by the NBTC in collaboration with friends 2 support.org. The last date for submission of entries would be 31st August 2015. After the recommendation of jury, 15 films would be shortlisted and announced on 15th September 2015. Winners would be felicitated on 1st October 2015 on the occasion of National Voluntary Blood Donation Day.
Almost 500 people had gathered at the Connaught Place, New Delhi to donate blood.