2020 National Blood Donation Day in India: Top 15 Info and Statistics

Do you know why every October 1 brings National Blood Donation Day as an observance, awareness campaign, and celebration of humanity, and how many people donate how much blood?

Below are all the answers related to Blood Donation Day in India with "top 20 info and statistics" we need to know. Let’s take a quick glance!

National Blood Donation Day symbol illustration of hands holding blood-drop and map of India
National Blood Donation Day
Illustration: Blood flowing from one heart to another, depicting the relationship of a blood donor and receiver!

Top 20 Info and Statistics of National Blood Donation Day in India

National Voluntary Blood Donation Day in India


Many of us do not know when and why we started appreciating the importance and need of blood by celebrating the National Voluntary Blood Donation day?

Many of us are not aware of how many hospitals, governments, and organizations arrange blood donation camps throughout India to fulfill the demand and supply gap of blood? Or what are the various statistics related to blood donation?

However, we remember the exact statistics or not, but we should be aware of at least about:

  • The importance of our blood for our fellow needy Indians
  • The criteria for the blood donor
  • The challenges of our nation
  • The fact that you also can become a hero!

Let’s know all the knowledgeable and interesting info and statistics regarding the donation of blood in India and be a part of this amazing event!

Introduction to National Blood Donation Day

National Voluntary Blood Donation Day illustration: Blood flowing from one heart to another, depicting the relationship of a blood donar and reciever
National Blood Donation Day
Illustration: Blood flowing from one heart to another, depicting the relationship of a blood donor and receiver

What is National Blood Donation Day?

National Blood Donation Day is a humanitarian cause to fulfill the gap between blood demand and supply. A Blood Donation day event is run as a noble cause, campaign, awareness drive, camp, and social responsibility. Whether they are donors or organizers, people participate in the event with patriotic and humanitarian spirits.

Where donors visit the blood banks with zeal and excitement, receivers (who have ever received in past or receiving on the day) showers the blessings appreciating this different kind of love-bond between humans.

It is organized by many hospitals, organizations, and companies as corporate social responsibility. Various officials and students provide their free services in such an event as managers, coordinators, or volunteers as their moral duty towards the nation and humans.

After the donation of blood, a donor is offered several eatables on the spot, such as glucose drink, fruit juice, fruits (popularly banana, orange, or Musmi), biscuits, etc.

Some organizers provide the certificate of appreciation, gratitude badges, and transformation facilities also. Certification proves a great source of motivation and excitement for the students contributing as a donor or volunteer.

Date and Time of National Blood Donation Day Observance

When National Blood Donation Day is held?

National Blood Donation Day is celebrated every October 1 of the year. Organizations start the strategic work and preparations of the events about a week before and its active wave can be seen on October 1 from morning to evening.

History of Blood Donation Day in India

Let's learn about:

  1. When India started celebrating National Blood Donation Day?
  2. Why Blood Donation Day is observed? Who initiated this?
  3. How this started as a campaign?

The initiative for a blood donation camp was taken by a social reformer Leela Moolgaonkar in Mumbai in 1954.

The first systematic voluntary Blood Donation drive was witnessed in 1942 in India when Second World War’s cruel face came to light. Many wounded soldiers badly required blood donors for saving their lives.

Red Cross took the responsibility of managing the first blood bank which was established in the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health in West Bengal, Kolkata in March 1942.

People who were government employees and from the Anglo-Indian community, they were the most active donors of that drive who donated their blood for that humanitarian cause, held for the wounded soldiers.

This voluntary blood donation was so effective that till 1960, there were many blood banks throughout the country in different cities.

Seeing and understanding the need for blood donors, Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohematology president J. G. Jolly announced October 1 as the official day for this cause in 1975. Since then October 1 is observed as the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day all over India.

Place of Blood Donation Day Celebration: Blood Banks in India

National Voluntary Blood Donation Day in India: Illustration of Red-pink map of India with floral background and blood drop giving and taking hands
National Blood Donation Day in India

What is the prime location of Blood Donation events?

There is no specific city or hospital for celebrating Blood Donation Day. It is a national day and event which is observed at various places throughout the country.

Many companies, schools, offices, hospitals, corporate officials, NGOs, non-profit organizations, and the government support blood donation camps, events, and awareness drives to contribute to the cause.

Such actions are being taken throughout the country in many cities. However, there are some locations where there is no blood bank. Let's know about them!

State-Wise Blood Banks in India

National Blood Donation Day: State-wise blood banks in India
National Blood Donation Day: State-wise blood banks in India (Right-click and open in new tab for the clear view!)

Blood Donation or Blood Selling for Money

Can one sell his blood? Is Blood Donation or Blood Selling for Money Illegal?

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.

Eligibility Criteria for Blood Donor

Who can donate blood?

Is there any guideline or several eligibility parameters for donating blood?

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.

Ineligibility Criteria for Blood Donor

Who cannot donate blood?

Is there any guideline or several ineligibility parameters for donating blood?

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.

Criteria for System Arranging Blood Donation

Government Regulations and Mechanism

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

List of Top Blood Donation Organizers in India

Which organizations are the most active in supporting and organizing the Blood Donation Camps in India?

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.

Database and Networks

How the information about various donors is managed?

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.

Statistics about Blood Collection

How much blood is donated by the donors in India?

Indians collectively donate about 350 milliliters of blood every year.

India needs more blood donors as the demand-supply gap is huge to fill.

In 2017-18 only 11.45mn blood units were collected, where about 13.4 units of blood were required.

1 pint, that is, 473 ml quantity of blood can give life to 3 needy people.

Statistics about Blood Donors

Statistics about Blood Donors

Only less than 5% of the eligible blood donors come ahead to donate blood.

1 in 7 hospital patients needs the help of a blood donor.

Blood Donation Related Statistics from past years

What are the statistics about the increase or decrease of blood donors in India?

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)

Blood Donation Challenges

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.

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.

An Appeal: Let's Take a Step!

You also can become a "Hero"!

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 60 tankers short of blood)
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