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World Blood Donor Day 2012


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Japanese Red Cross Society

June 14 is the annual World Blood Donor Day, a day for raising awareness of the importance of donating blood by showing appreciation and respect to blood donors and other volunteers supporting blood donation activities worldwide. World Blood Donor Day was first celebrated on June 14, 2004, and at the World Health Assembly in the following year, World Blood Donor Day was officially recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an event to be held every year on June 14. The date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, a researcher who received the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the ABO blood group system.



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On the World Blood Donor Day, charity concerts and various other events are held every year in a number of countries and regions worldwide. This year’s campaign theme, “Every blood donor is a hero,” is designed to deliver a message to the world that each of us can be a hero and save lives by voluntarily making blood donations. On February 23, to launch the 2012 campaign, over 3000 college students in South Korea made a performance by wearing red-colored T-shirts and formed a giant human drop of blood on the snow-covered ground, successfully attracting the world’s attention to the campaign. South Korea is a host country of this year’s campaign.


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Japanese Red Cross Society

According to the report by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, approximately 1.03 million people receive blood transfusion every year in Japan (estimated data for year 1999). As society is aging and more people require medical care, the need for blood transfusions is also gradually increasing. While the blood supply is currently stable, there is concern that the number of donors among young people in their teens and 20s has been particularly down, by about 40% in the last ten years. If you are 16 to 69 years old and are healthy, you could be the next blood donor. Come and join the celebration of the World Blood Donor Day and take this opportunity to think by yourself or with your friends about what the gift of blood can do. Your interest in becoming a blood donor or a volunteer to help promote blood donations is always welcomed and appreciated.


WHO World Blood Donor Day official website (in English)http://www.who.int/worldblooddonorday/en/

Japanese Red Cross Society website (information about blood donation) (in Japanese)http://www.jrc.or.jp/donation/index.html