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World Blood Donor Day

June 11, 2013

On June 14, 2013, countries worldwide will celebrate the 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day with the theme: “Give the gift of life: donate blood.” This observance is sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness for the need for safe blood and blood products as well as demonstrate appreciation for everyone out there who donates blood.

 5 Facts about Blood Transfusion:

  1. A single unit of donated blood can save up to three lives.
  2. There are 170 million blood donations every year. About 50% of these donations are collected in  high-income countries, home to 15% of the world’s population.
  3. 65% of blood transfusions in low-income countries are given to children under five years of age. 76% of all transfusions in high-income countries are given to patients over 65 years of age.
  4. In high-income countries, transfusion is most commonly used to support advanced medical treatment and complex surgeries like open-heart surgery and advance trauma care. In low- and middle-income countries it is used often for management of pregnancy-related complications, childhood malaria complicated by severe anemia, and trauma-related injuries.
  5. Voluntary unpaid donors account for 100% of blood supplies in 62 countries. Since the inception of World Blood Donor Day in 2004, 111 countries have reported an increase in the number of voluntary donations. But in 40 countries, less than 25% of blood supplies come from voluntary unpaid donors.

The following locations will be hosting blood drives in the Savannah area on World Blood Donor Day:

  • Savannah American Red Cross
    25 Tibet Ave.
    Savannah, GA 31406
    8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Paula Deen Enterprises
    201 W. Bay St.
    Savannah, GA 31401
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Paula Deen Enterprises
    104 Bryan Woods Rd.
    Savannah, GA 31410
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Paula Deen Enterprises
    102 W. Congress St.
    Savannah, GA 31401
    9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

To find a blood drive near you, click here.