Why you should donate blood, and how to go about it

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The day symbolizes awareness on the need of safe blood, blood products and also thanks to all the blood donors or rather we would say life-savers.

Aigboje Ikhuoria reports that some residents in Benin City donated blood as part of the commemoration of the day.

Mr Smith has just made his 301 donation to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, a fitting milestone to fall during National Blood Donor Week. Development coordinator at Life South Melinda Hinds said the summer months are very slow.

PAHO said the report also noted that more countries this year - 14 compared to six countries in 2011 - are now aware of their blood needs at the national level, which facilitates collection planning. If you book your appointment online in advance, we can also send you the blood questionnaire in advance.

Till today, India lacks a central blood collection agency, which is the prime reason for illegal blood donation.

One-in-two Canadians will need blood at some point in their life; people like Michael Leyva, who was born premature and needed three blood transfusions at two weeks of age to fight a life-threatening infection. Give blood. Give now.

Blood donation in Bengaluru
Blood donation in Bengaluru Mr. Niranjan Mritunjaya donation blood for a needy patient at Sankara Cancer Hospital on 14th June

According to the report, which included data from 36 countries in the region, only one country from Latin America and nine from the Caribbean got all their blood donations from voluntary unpaid donors.

She urged more people to donate blood, saying donating was a painless procedure that lasted no more than about 30 minutes.

The American Red Cross said only about 3 percent of the US population donates regularly, which means the agency relies heavily on repeat donors to maintain a sufficient supply.

Every two seconds someone needs blood and more than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day while a single vehicle accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood. "Give often" while focusing on blood availability during disasters.

"We consider daily shortage of blood in hospitals as an emergency which should be addressed immediately", she said. There are almost 170 public and about 450 private blood banks in the country. Blood is tested for 13 infectious disease like HIV, West Nile Virus, hepatitis B and C and Syphilis.

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