World Blood Donor Day: 15 Quick Ganders for People with Worst GK

World Blood Donor Day is not lesser than a Birthday or Mother's Day or indeed a festival. A birthday celebrates new life and Mother's Day makes us rejoice the birth giver, but a Blood Donation Day is a day for both- the one who gets a new life and the one who donates blood and gives a new life.

It is not lesser than a festive occasion which commemorates the 'new life' and 'new life giver'.

People come together to observe World Blood Donor Day every 14th of June for witnessing many super-heroes in the form of Blood Donors and encourage such events that promote humanity.

World Blood Donor Day illustration: World Blood Donation Day drawing of a donated blood taking woman mother with her child in the lap in blood donation camp held in a hospital. A global blood donation illustration of a globe in right!
World Blood Donor Day!
Illustration: Blood receiving mother with her child!
Celebrated as World Blood Donation Day, World Blood Donor Day appreciates all the blood donors who give their incomparable contribution in saving a life.
World Blood Donor Day: Overview in Quick Look
Abbreviated As
Also Known As
World Blood Donation Day, Blood Donation Day, Blood Donor Day
Birthday of Scientist Karl Landsteiner who discovered the ABO Blood Group System
Event Type
Global, Valued Internationally
Observed by
Worldwide, All member states of WHO (World Health Organization)
Blood donation camps around the world, Awareness drives, and campaigns promoting safe and quality blood
Inaugural ceremony by the hosting country
Date and Time
14 June
Event Date in Various Years
14 June 2021, 14 June 2022
Occurrence/ Frequency

Introduction to World Blood Donor Day

What is World Blood Donor Day?

National Blood Donation Day symbol of blood drop between hands

Abbreviates as WBDD, World Blood Donor Day is one of the eight biggest global public health campaigns, which is annually celebrated all around the world on 14 June by many countries-

  • To increase the awareness regarding the unmatched need for safe blood and various blood products
  • To express gratitude with honor towards every blood donor for his life-saving gift of blood donation.

The other seven officially observed global public health campaigns are- World Health Day, World AIDS Day, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day, World Immunization Day, World Hepatitis Day.

The prime event of this humanitarian noble cause remains the blood donation camps at schools, hospitals, corporate offices, and other hired places. What students and what officials, people from every age-groups, background, societies, and professions participate as managers, organizers, or volunteers for the success of the event.

People also prepare the plays, compositions, dance, and other artistic performances to attract people and generate awareness about the gap of need and supply of blood in hospitals.

The participants are also motivated by transportation facility, refreshment, energy drink and fruits, and certificate for the donation of blood.

National Blood Donation Day date in India: October 1 in Calendar

World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every June 14 of the year. Those institutes, official entities, and other organizers who take the responsibility of arranging the World Blood Donor Day events, campaigns, and drives, they begin their preparation around one week or one month ago. The day of the event, June 14 is the day when all that hard work is witnessed by the attendees. The event flows from morning to evening.

3. History of Blood Donation Day in India

National Blood Donation Day history when first blood donation event in India held during World War 2: army soldier helping other soldier in blood transfer

World Blood Donor Day celebration date, 14 June also reminds of the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, a Nobel Prize holder scientist who was behind the discovery of the ABO blood group system.

Landsteiner successfully discovered three blood groups and labeled them as C. They were — Group A, B, and O. Other than distinguishing the major blood groups, he also developed the blood classification system of the modern era.

Karl researched and also made it known that if the blood of two people with the same blood groups comes in contact, it doesn't destruct the blood cells. Thus he found out that blood transfusion between people with the same blood group is possible.

National Voluntary Blood Donation Day in India: Illustration of Red-pink map of India
World Blood Donor Day Year
Global Host
WBDD 2019
Safe Blood for All.
WBDD 2018
Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life.
WBDD 2017
Give Blood. Give Now. Give Often.
WBDD 2016
Blood connects us all.
WBDD 2015
Thank you for saving my life.
WBDD 2014
Shri Lanka
Safe blood for saving mothers.
WBDD 2013
France, Paris
Give the gift of life: Donate blood.
WBDD 2012
Korea (Republic of Korea) (Korean Red Cross)
Every blood donor is a hero.
WBDD 2011
Latin America (Government of Argentina)
More blood. More life.
WBDD 2010
Barcelona, Spain (Spanish and Catalonian Health Care Authorities, Spanish Red Cross, Spanish and Catalonian blood donor associations)
New blood for the world.
WBDD 2009
(Gambia) Melbourne, Australia (the State of Oaxaca)
Achieving 100 percent non-remunerated donation of blood and blood components.
WBDD 2008
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Giving blood regularly. (Many Happy Returns, Once Is Not Enough)
Ottawa, Canada (Canadian Blood Services, Héma-Québec with Health Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada)
Safe blood for safe motherhood.
WBDD 2006
Bangkok, Thailand (Thai Red Cross Society National Blood Centre, WHO Collaborating Centre for Training in Blood Transfusion Medicine)
WBDD 2005
London, United Kingdom (National Blood Service)
Celebrating your gift of blood.
WBDD 2004
Johannesburg (South African National Blood Service)
World Blood Donor Day (The year of establishment)
National Blood Donation Day: Illustration of giving-taking hands depicting exchange of blood and money is banned

Yes, it is illegal. Under the National Blood Transfusion Services Act 2007, Blood and monitory exchange might result in a prison of up to 3 months and a fine for the convicted person.

6. Eligibility Criteria for Blood Donor

National Blood Donation Day: Eligibility Criteria for Blood Donor

Only the one who passes the eligibility criteria as per the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health, Government of India, can donate blood.

As per that, the eligibility criteria for a blood donor for donating blood are as follows:

Age and Weight

The blood donor must be between 18 to 65 years of age and must have at least 50 kg of weight.

Overall Health

The blood donor must be healthy and physically fit. The donor must not have any transmittable diseases which can make the receiver suffer from the same disease.

Pulse Rate

The pulse rate of a blood donor must be regular, and from 50 to 100. A person with an irregular pulse rate cannot donate blood.

Blood Pressure

For BP- Diastolic: 50 to 100 mm Hg, and Systolic: 100 to 180 mm Hg.

Body Temperature

The person who is donating blood must have a normal body temperature and the donor’s oral temperature must not exceed    37.5 degrees C.


The level of hemoglobin must be at least 12.5 g/dL.

Time Period of Blood Donation

The gap of successive blood donation by a donor must be more than 3 months.

Other Guideline

There are some other common technical and medical guidelines are also there which a doctor follows such as the blood group of a donor must match the transferring criteria.

7. Ineligibility Criteria for Blood Donor

Ineligibility criteria of blood donation for blood donor on National Blood Donation Day in India: Cartoon illustration of two kids boys who are ineligibile

There are also certain ineligibility criteria for a person willing to donate blood, which is as follows:

HIV Positive

A person tested with HIV Positive cannot donate the blood.

Ailments Suffers

A person diagnosed with ailments such as blood cancer, pressure, diabetes, cardiac arrest, hypertension, epilepsy, and kidney ailments cannot become a blood donor.

Rabies and Vaccine

A person treated for rabies or given Hepatitis B vaccine is considered ineligible for blood donation.

People with Disorders

People who have had disorders like fits, allergies, asthma, or tuberculosis in past cannot donate their blood to someone needy.

Women in Specific Conditions

  • Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women
  • Those who had a miscarriage recently in the past 6 months

Tattoo or Piercing

If a person has marked a tattoo or undergone body piercing or ear piercing in the past 6 months, it comes under ineligibility conditions.

Surgery, Medical Procedure, Immunization

The individuals, who have undergone general surgery, major dental procedure, or immunization in the time period of the past 1 month, cannot donate.


People who have consumed alcohol in past one day or 24 hours are considered ineligible.

Heart to heart blood transfer through a blood pouch on National Blood Donation Day

Under which act Blood Bank activities are regulated?

Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940

Does a Blood Bank need any license for performing its activities?

Yes, it does. It also needs to renew the license timely for operations.

Who renews this license?

Drug Controller General

What are the conditions for the renewal of the Blood Bank license?

A Blood Bank must function in accordance with the terms of the license and must meet the specified standards regarding human resources or manpower, accommodation, process control, proper manufacturing practices, equipment, supplies, reagents, and all other matters which are supposed to be considered in Indian blood transfusion services.

Which system reviews the blood transfusion services in India?

  • National Blood Transfusion Council, abbreviated as NBTC and established in January 1992, at the federal level
  • State Blood Transfusion Councils, abbreviated as SBTC, for states

The above councils review the system and status of all the services related to blood transfusion all over India. They also manage the blood bank monitoring visits which are conducted annually.

Which policy is published for transfusion-related activities? What makes the donated blood and blood product transferring system sound?

National Blood Policy, abbreviated as NBP, keeps the commitment to the safety of blood and blood components intact.

It incorporates the strategies in the documents regarding:

  • Ensuring the availability of the adequate resources
  • Improvement in the technology and training related services
  • Making the outline of methods for donor motivation and right clinical use of the blood
  • Research and development work in the field of transfusion medicine
National Blood Donation Day Illustration of two hands of blood donor and blood reciever with blood drops

There are several governmental and non-governmental organizations that work at regional and local levels. They conduct awareness campaigns and camps for blood donation and other health-related causes.

Many organizations spread awareness and updates regarding blood donation events through their official websites and other web portals. These web spaces also provide the options for registration of a donor’s details and information about dates and locations of the blood donation camps.

Rotary Blood Bank

Established in Year: 2002
Based in: New Delhi
About: Associated with Rotary International and one of the largest active blood donation organizations, Rotary Blood Bank has several regional branches to operate the events and awareness campaigns.

Indian Red Cross Society

Established in Year: 1920
Based in: New Delhi
No. of Blood Banks in India: 166
About: Indian Red Cross Society is an active organization that conducts blood donation drives and programs through the Indian Red Cross Blood Bank.

BloodConnect Foundation

Established in Year: 2010 (By IIT Delhi alumni)
Based in: New Delhi
No. of cities in India: 20
About: BloodConnect Foundation is the largest non-profit organization in the field of blood donation which is run by the youth.

About BloodConnect: It is a volunteer team that is in many ace educational institutes like IIMs, IITs, PU, DU, etc. It works for conducting camps and awareness sessions on blood donation. It also extends its help 24/7 by a helpline.

Khoon Organization

Established in Year: 2016
Based in: Bengaluru
About: Khoon is the first helpline service that had run in Northeast India

Sankalp India Foundation

Established in Year: 2003
Based in: Bengaluru
About: Sankalp India Foundation is an organization that is specifically active in Karnataka.

Save Life India

Established in Year: 2014
Based in: Margao, Goa
About: Save life India is a project initiated by the Art of Living Foundation under Volunteer for a Better India. Initially, it was ignited in Goa but later started conducting donation camps in various states of India.

Lions Blood Bank

Established in Year: -
Based in: Chennai
About: Lions Blood Bank is a Lions club’s project which is in operation in many Indian cities.

Think Foundation

Established in Year: -
Based in: Mumbai
About: Think Foundation is active for:

  • Patients who are suffering from thalassemia
  • Prevention of thalassemia by check-ups

Athar Blood Bank

Established in Year: 2012
Based in: Solapur, Maharashtra
About: Athar Blood Bank was commenced by Athar Minorities Social and Welfare Association and has been active across the state.

Other Blood Donor Networks

There are many hospitals too that have their own blood banks. They conduct donation camps within their facilities.

National Blood Donation Day database: Illustration of a laptop and files, books with info and data related to blood donation in india

Some organizations like Indian Blood Donors, BloodConnect, Friends2Suppport, etc maintain the list of blood donors. This database proves useful to bridge the gaps between the blood donor and the hospital or organizations.

Illustration of white and red coloured Blood Collection Truck on National Blood Donation Day

Indians collectively donate about 350 milliliters of blood every year.

Cartoon illustration of a doctor reporting about a boy donating blood laying on a resting chair on National Blood Donation Day

National Blood Donation Day: List of Blood Requirement Vs Blood Collection in various Indian states
National Blood Donation Day: Blood Donation Related Statistics from past years
National Blood Donation Day: List of Blood Requirement Vs Blood Collection data of India in past years
Number of voluntary blood donors
2006-2007 to 2011-2012
Increased from 54.4% to 83.1%
Number of blood units
Increased from 4.4 million to 9.3 million
Need Vs Supply
9 million units supplied (Need was 12 million units)
10.9 million units supplied (Need was 12 million units)
National Blood Donation Day cartoon illustration of injection pain fear

Demand-Supply Gap

India has a huge population and millions of donors support by donating their blood, despite the healthcare facilities experience the gap between blood’s demand and supply.

Disparities in Access

Because of the access disparity issue, many areas see the wastage of the donated stock of blood in India. Unfortunately, at the same time, some parts of the country face blood shortage issues.

Substandard Medical Practices and Facilities

In some cases, the issues of infection or transmission of diseases such as AIDS are also found which is a vital issue.

National Blood Donation Day challenges cartoon illustration of injection fear

Quality and Safety

On the basis of the study and research being done in 2009 and 2013, one more challenge came into light which was maintaining the quality and safety of the services regarding transfusion.

Volunteer Donor Vs Replacement Donors

About 70% of blood demand is fulfilled by volunteer Donors and the rest of the demand is fulfilled by replacement donors. About 62 countries are supplied with the blood by volunteer donors, not the replacement ones.

Forced Donation

In India, cases of forced donation are also being observed due to the disproportionate ratio of demand and supply of blood.

National Blood Donation Day: Motivational Cartoon Illustration for Blood Donation Appeal

Blood donation is not just an act of giving blood. It is a heroic deed too, as a donor can save a life too. Not only this but there are also some benefits of donating blood.

Let us understand and spread the information that if a person is an eligible donor, the concerns of weakness and pain are just a state of mind.

And such concerns are very small in front of a ‘life’ that can be saved by a little effort.

So whenever we get an opportunity…

Let’s say bye to the creepy thoughts of pain and weakness!
Let’s be the hero and save a life!
Let’s wish ‘Happy Blood Donation’ to each other!
blood collection data in sentences, add new data of 2018 (search report by 'indiaspend': India is 60 tankers short of blood)

Donations of goods bring happiness, but the donation of blood brings lives.

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