by Caryl Teh

14 June is World Blood Donor Day! For this year’s campaign, the theme is “Safe Blood Saves Lives” with the slogan “Give Blood and Make the World A Healthier Place”. 

The need for safe blood is universal. Safe blood is critical both for treatments and urgent interventions. In terms of treatments, it can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer, enjoy a higher quality of life and support complex medical and surgical procedures. In terms of urgent interventions, blood is also vital for treating the wounded during emergencies (eg. natural disasters, accidents, and armed conflicts) and has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and neonatal care.

But access to safe blood is still a privilege of the few. Globally, 42% of blood is collected in high-income countries, which are home to only 16% of the world’s population. World Blood Donor Day serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

And now, we’ve prepared some blood-based facts and trivia for you.

Sources:
World Blood Donor Day 2020 by the World Health Organization
Blood Types by Infoplease
Blood Donation by MyHEALTH Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia
12 Interesting Facts about Blood by thoughtco
The Chemistry of The Colours of Blood by compoundchem