WHO World Blood Donor Day, June 14 2019: 144 million people will require blood this year.


June 14 marks the World Health Organization’s World Blood Donor Day, which is held annually on the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the Austrian immunologist who identified the main blood group types used today.

The goal of the event is to encourage individuals all over the world to give blood, while also urging governments and national health authorities to provide suitable infrastructure for donations.

To mark the occasion, we produced the custom infographic below in support of Terumo BCT ’s ‘Don’t Wait, Donate’ appeal to encourage blood donation among the public.

Just an idea: Across the globe, 144 million people per year – or 394,520 people every day – will require donated blood. This particular campaign focuses on the impact individuals can make.

For example, a single person could donate as much as 176 litres of blood during their adult lifetime if they donate frequently. Each half-litre donated has the potential to help three people in need, meaning a single blood donor can impact as many as 1,056 lives.

For more information about World Blood Donor Day, visit the campaign’s page on the World Health Organization website.