World Blood Donor Day is June 14

World Blood Donor Day is June 14
Community blood centers from Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers and Iowa Blood Centers' Alliance have joined together in a bi-state effort to celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) on June 14.

Siouxland Community Blood Bank is a member of the Iowa Alliance. The Coalition and Alliance are statewide organizations of locally controlled community blood centers, dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of voluntary blood donation through advocacy and public education.

WBDD is designed to raise awareness of the need for safe blood around the world, to thank and honor those blood donors who make transfusion possible, and to encourage healthy, eligible individuals to give blood regularly. "In celebrating WBDD, Siouxland Community Blood Bank recognizes blood donors for their important contributions within our community and encourages others to follow their example," said Janette Twait, CEO, Siouxland Community Blood Bank. "It is important to ensure that blood is available whenever and wherever it is needed."

Siouxland Community Blood Bank hopes healthy, eligible area residents will join in this important celebratory event by making an appointment to give blood. To donate blood, one must be healthy and meet age, weight and other donor requirements. To locate a blood donor center in your area and schedule a blood donation appointment, visit

The overwhelming majority of the world's population does not have access to safe blood. According to the World Health Organization, more than 80 million units of blood are donated every year, but only 38 percent are collected in developing countries where 82 percent of the global population lives. The chance of receiving a safe transfusion varies enormously from one country to another, depending largely on whether there is a good, safe blood donor program in place. Some 60 percent of the global blood supply goes to 18 percent of the world's population.

Blood is needed in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities to care for patients with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplant recipients, and to help save the lives of accident and trauma victims. As additional donor restrictions are implemented and the population ages, the United States and other countries could lose more willing donors, causing an even greater threat to our global blood supply. While the need for blood is universal, access to blood for those who need it is not. According to the four key partners of World Blood Donor Day (World Health Organization, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations and International Society of Blood Transfusion), women and children in low-income countries have the greatest need for blood. More than half a million women die every year from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth – 99 percent of these deaths happen in developing countries.

Hemorrhages account for 25 percent of complications and are the most common cause of maternal death. Up to 70 percent of all blood transfusions in Africa are given to children with severe anemia due to malaria, which accounts for about one in five of all childhood deaths in Africa.

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