North Korea Marks World Blood Donor Day

North Korea held an event marking World Blood Donor Day on Wednesday June 14 in Pyongyang.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) were among the organisations represented at the event.

June 14 is the World Blood Donor Day which is initiated by the WHO to build awareness of importance of safe blood and blood donation.

This year’s theme of the campaign is “What can you do? Give blood. Give now. Give often”, according to WHO’s website.

Trustee Says 1% Project Aims At Increasing Voluntary Blood Donation

To commemorate the 2013 World Blood Donor Day (WBDD), a Trustee of the 1% Project, Eniola Sulley has said that her organisation is working at increasing the volume of blood voluntarily donated by Nigerians to different banks in the country.

Speaking as a guest on Rubbin’ Mind, Ms Sulley said Nigerians should voluntarily donate blood so that it will be readily available to who need it at a cheaper cost.

In the video below, Ms Sulley speaks on the advantages, frequency and effects of voluntarily donating blood.

The WBDD was inaugurated in 2003. Every year, an estimated 92 million blood donations are recorded, according to the World Health Organisation, WHO.

By 2020, WHO’s target is for all countries to obtain 100% of its blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donations. However, voluntary unpaid donations currently account for 100% of national supplies in only 62 countries around the world.