World Blood Donor Day “Safe Blood Saves Lives”

On June 14, countries around the celebrated World Blood Donor Day, under the topic “Safe Blood Saves Lives”. Blood is a lifesaving resource and in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic blood donations are needed more than ever. Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides thanked all blood and plasma donors and explained that as the world continues to fight against the virus, blood donors make an essential contribution to the healthcare systems. The European Blood Alliance (EBA) stressed the importance of increasing donation, raising public awareness and alerting public health authorities to invest in adequate resources and infrastructure to ensure universal access to safe blood. The World Health Organisation’s communication campaign with the motto “Give blood and make the world a healthier place”, focused on the contribution that donors make to improve the health of patients in need.