June 14 is being celebrated to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors. The theme is – Blood Donation and Universal Access to Safe Blood Transfusion. The main aim is to use as a component of achieving universal health coverage.
The theme encourages more people all over the world to become blood donors and donate blood regularly. It is an important occasion for all governments, national health authorities and national blood services to provide adequate infrastructures to increase collection of blood from regular unpaid blood donors.
It helps to mobilize support at national, regional and global levels among governments and development partners to invest in, strengthen and sustain national blood programmes. Blood is treating the wounded during emergencies like natural disasters, accidents and armed conflicts. It is essential, life-saving role in maternal care.