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What is the History of World Blood Donor Day?

What is the History of World Blood Donor Day?

World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year by the people in many countries around the world on 14th of June. World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on the day of birthday anniversary of Karl Landsteiner on 14th of June in 1868. This event celebration was first started in the year 2004 aiming to raise the public awareness about the need for safe blood donation (including its products) voluntarily and unpaid by the healthy person. Blood donors are the key role player at this day as they donate life-saving gifts of blood to the needed person.

World Blood Donor Day History:

It was first initiated and established to be celebrated annually on 14th of June by “the World Health Organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies” in the year 2004. World Blood Donor Day was officially established by the WHO with its 192 Member States in the month of May in 2005 at the 58th World Health Assembly in order to motivate all the countries worldwide to thank the blood donors for their precious step, promote voluntary, safe and unpaid blood donations to ensure the sufficient blood supplies.

World Blood Donor Day celebration brings a precious opportunity to all donors for celebrating it on national and global level as well as to commemorate the birthday anniversary of the Karl Landsteiner (a great scientist who won the Nobel Prize for his great discovery of the ABO blood group system).

Karl Landsteiner:

Born: 14 June 1868, Vienna, Austria
Died: 26 June 1943, The Rockefeller University, New York, United States
Known for: Development of blood group system, discovery of Rh factor, discovery of poliovirus
Awards: Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award
Nationality: American, Austrian
Books: The Specificity of Serological Reactions

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