Kathmandu, 14 June: The World Blood Donor Day is celebrated across the globe on 14th June every year with several programmes to raise public awareness on the need of safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.
The Day this year is being celebrated under the theme ‘Give blood, give plasma, share life, share often’.
The slogan underlines the role that every single person can play in saving human lives by donating blood and plasma to the needy people. It also highlights the significance of sustainable and secured supply of blood and plasma through regular donation.
The day is being observed in Nepal by organizing several public awareness programmes today. Various organizations and hospitals are organizing public sensitization, donor motivation and blood donation programmes throughout the country.
The Blood Donors Association Nepal has been organizing several programmes on the occasion. The Association has organized a weeklong sensitization programme, including bi-cycle rally, blood donor felicitation, orientation and art exhibition, its general-secretary Keshab Maharjan shared. “Key challenge of the hour is unsmooth management of blood at hospitals and lack of programmes to create incentives for blood donors”, he noted.
June 14 is celebrated as the World Blood Donor Day every year coinciding the birthday of scientist Dr Karl Landsteiner who discovered the group of human blood. The first blood donor day was observed in 2004.