The International Blood Donors Day, which is celebrated on June 14th each year, seeks to raise awareness and save lives.
Source: World Health Organization
Three vital functions
With one donation you could save as many as three lives. Why? Blood is made up of 55 % plasma, 43 % red blood cells and a smaller proportion of platelets. Thus, each component can be used on a different patient. Which means that aside form being used for transfusions, it can help clot or settle wounds, and regenerate and nourish the skin.
Your body contains 5 to 7 liters of blood, depending on your age, which accounts for 7,7% of your total body weight.
Donating blood helps you oxygenate your body and prevent cardiovascular disease. It will not weaken you, nor will it affect your body weight. It won’t take you an entire morning or afternoon to donate blood, given that drawing blood usually takes, on average, about15 minutes
50 Kilos is the minimal weight required to donate blood. Another requirement is that you must be between18 to 65 years of age.
Keep in mind:
- It is enough for 1 to 3 per cent of the population of a country to donate blood to supply the entire nation.
- Donating blood helps women with obstetric complications or postpartum ectopic pregnancies.
- The first blood bank was opened in Chicago, in 1936. Each country promotes their own blood collection programs.