The theme of this year's World Blood Donor Day is "Blood connects us all". It focuses on thanking blood donors 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 giving blood, and motivate people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so, particularly young people.
The Organization "Athena-Social Care" having a high sense of social responsibility contributed to the encouragement of people to become blood donors and the embracement of the feeling "sharing-connecting". The psychologist of "Thalpos I" and the person responsible for the activities of its residents were present the event on the 14th June in the Central Square of Kalamata in order to raise awareness of the need for blood donation. The event organized by the Hospital of Kalamata in collaboration with the local department of Hellenic Red Cross, the Association of Volunteers Messene and the Technological Educational Institute of Peloponnese.
The collaboration of "Thalpos I" with Hellenic Red Cross started on April 2016 where the training seminar on First Aid held by the trainer of Red Cross Mrs. Konstantina Damilati in order the personnel of "Thalpos I" to develop techniques for dealing with accidents in matters related drowning, animal bites, shock, bumps, CPR, etc.
Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. It also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and child care and during man-made and natural disasters.
The objectives of 2016 World Blood Donor Day
- thank blood donors for their life-saving gift of blood and highlight the theme of blood connecting us all,
- create wider public awareness of the need for regular, unpaid blood donation, and inspire those who have not yet donated blood to start donating, particularly young people in good health,
- promote and highlight the need to share life by donating blood,
- focus attention on blood services as a community service, and the importance of community participation for a sufficient, safe and sustainable blood supply, and
- persuade ministries of health to show their appreciation to regular voluntary unpaid donors and commit to self-sufficiency in safe blood and blood products based on 100% voluntary, unpaid donations.
What you should know about blood donation
The donor must be 18-65 years old, weighing more than 50 kg, to be healthy and have safe lifestyle.
Before blood donation
On the donation day, the donor must have eaten 3-4 hours earlier, have slept well and have consumed enough fluids.
Giving blood takes 20 minutes. It starts with the completion of the medical history and interview with the doctor in order to ensure the health of the donor.
After blood donation
It is recommended the donor to be calm and drink plenty of fluids, avoid intense exercise and strain the hand from which blood collected.
When can I give blood
Men can donate blood every three months and women every four months.
Make the difference and become a blood donor today!
World Health Organization: who.int
Hellenic Red Cross: redcross.gr