National Blood Week & World Blood Donor Day 14 June 2019: ”Save Someone’s Life”

National Blood Week & World Blood Donor Day 14 June 2019: ”Save Someone’s Life”

Every year, NHS Blood and Transplant run a national campaign to encourage much needed new donors to register to give blood.

The ask is simple: help to spread the word and reach as many people as possible.

14 June is the World Health Organisation’s “World Blood Donor Day” with the WHO continuing the work worldwide to build a culture of voluntary blood donation. On World Blood Donor Day, WHO is emphasising the role that every individual can play in preparing for the next unforeseen emergency by giving blood now. The statistics from the WHO inform us that blood donation by 1% of the population can meet a nation’s most basic requirements for blood and 57 countries collect 100% of their blood supply from voluntary, unpaid blood donors BUT NOT THE UK WHERE THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF DONORS!  Further information is available on NHSBT Website at: https://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/how-you-can-help/

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) have again welcomed the support of the CWU and its members.

The CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department will again be fully supporting the week and continuing the work done together in previous years and we hope that Branches, Regional Health and Safety Forums, Health and Safety Reps and all other Branch Officials and CWU Reps can join in and can get involved again to make 2019 a successful year.

Across the UK blood donors make a difference every day saving people whose lives depend on blood. Over the last year 900,000 people have given up their time to help patients in need. But there is an urgent need for more new donors.

A national appeal has being launched to urgently find new black donors to help patients with Sickle Cell disease, the most common and fastest growing genetic blood disorder in England and the UK.

NHSBT need 200,000 new blood donors to ensure that patients in the future have access to the blood they need, when they need it.

There is also a need for 40,000 new black donorsto stop the pain experienced by black patients with Sickle Cell disease. They need life-saving blood from black donors, which provides the closest match to their own.

The 2019 campaign focuses on raising awareness about blood donation and the urgent need for more donors as well as thanking those blood donors for the gift of life and highlights the dimension of ‘sharing’ and ‘connection’ between blood donors and patients.  The campaign aims to highlight stories of people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, to motivate regular blood donors to continue to give blood and encourage people who are in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so, particularly young people.

Facts

  • 112.5 million blood donations are collected globally, half of these are in high-income countries.
  • 57 Counties collect 100% of their blood supply from voluntary, unpaid blood donors.
  • Blood donation by 1% of the population can meet a nation’s most basic requirements for blood.

Why should people donate blood?

Safe blood saves lives and improves health. Blood transfusion is needed for people who lose too much blood through work or road accident injuries, those undergoing major surgery and complex operations, cancer patients, those with certain illnesses that destroy blood cells, women with complications of pregnancy, such as ectopic pregnancies and haemorrhage before, during or after childbirth, children with severe anaemia etc. It is also needed for regular transfusions for people with conditions such as Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell disease and is used to make products such as clotting factors for people with haemophilia.

There is a constant need for regular blood supply because blood can be stored for only a limited time before use. Regular blood donations by a sufficient number of healthy people are needed to ensure that safe blood will be available whenever and wherever it is needed.

Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person — the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components — red cells, platelets and plasma — which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions.

NHSBT is on a mission to raise awareness of the importance of blood donation and recruit more new donors in order to save and improve lives.

As well as working with partners such as the CWU to boost national noise and conversation around blood donation, in response to patient needs there is a particular focus this year on reaching and engaging black blood donors, who are more likely to have the rare blood types needed to treat diseases like Sickle Cell.

NHSBT is also focusing on recruiting donors in specific regions where more donors are needed, including London, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Bradford, Leeds, Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol and Southampton.

  • Just under 200,000 new donors are needed every year to maintain the supply for life-saving blood donations in the UK.
  • Half of all donors are over 45 so it’s important to NHSBT to recruit young people to donate blood to help meet patient needs now and in the future. NHSBT want young people: aged 17 – 35 years in particular to help by donating blood.
  • NHSBT also need people from Black and Asian communities to become donors to ensure we have the right mix of blood groups. NHSBT urgently need 40,000 new black donors to give blood.

Campaign details and how you can get involved

To give blood in the UK you can register as a donor at https://www.blood.co.uk/ which provides information on who can give blood, how to become a donor and the donation process.  

For More Information visit the NHSBT Website at:- https://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/how-you-can-help/

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB358 National Blood Week & World Blood Donor Day 14 June 2019 – Save Someone’s Life

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