About this Campaign
Did you know:
- Every two seconds, someone in the world needs blood.
- More than 4.5 million people in the US require blood transfusions each year.
- 43,000 pints of blood are used each day in the US and Canada.
Life-threatening emergencies happen every day. Car wrecks, shootings, natural diasasters, casualties of war and other grave situations take a severe toll on the world's blood supply.
Even if there were no natural disasters, accidents or war zones that impacted the global supply of blood, there are still many people who need blood on a regular basis, just to survive from day to day. People having surgery, cancer patients and those with blood-related illnesses like sickle cell anemia all depend on regular blood transfusions to live.
Did you know:
- In low-income countries, 65% of all blood transfusions are performed on children under the age of 5.
- In higher income countries, 76% of all blood transfusions are performed on people aged 65 and older.
- Of 108 million blood donations received each year, more than half of those come from high-income countries, making up just 18% of the world's population.
Aside from being used whole, blood donations can be broken down to provide red blood cells, platelets and plasma, all of which can be used to treat a variety of life-threatening illnesses. Although there have been some amazing advancements in the medical field in the past decade, there is still no replacement for blood and hospitals around the world continue to depend on public donations to continue providing this gift of life to patients.
Despite the increased need for donors, blood donations are at an all time low. There are many factors involved in the shortage of donors, but the most common one is lack of awareness. People simply do not realize how important it is to give blood or just how easy the process actually is.
Blood Donation Process:
- Register to donate blood.
- Give a mini-medical history and have vitals taken.
- Be seated comfortably while your blood is taken (about 15mins).
- Have refreshments and recouperating time when you're done (about 15mins).
In most cases, blood donors are in and our within an hour. The average person can donate more than 40 gallons of blood in their lifetime. If all eligible blood donors would simply take the time to donate on a regular basis, we could erradicate critical blood shortages for good.
How to get involved:
Click on the Facebook, Twitter and other social buttons available on this page to promote this campaign - so that more awareness can be created.
- Visit the World Health Organization (WHO) website to find out more about global events for World Blood Donor Day 2015.
- US residents can visit the Red Cross website to register as a blood donor and find a donation center nearest them.
- International residents can visit the World Blood Bank website to register as a blood donor and find a donation center in their area.
- Promote this campaign on your social media accounts with the hashtag #DonateBlood to spread awareness about World Blood Donor Day.
- Encourage your friends, family and followers to do the same.
**Facts and statistics in this campaign are courtesy of the World Health Organization (WHO)
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