World Blood Donor Day 2016: Blood connects us all

A girl plays the role of blood recipient in World Blood Donor Day 2016 video

Voluntary unpaid blood donations must increase rapidly to meet 2020 goal

13 June 2016 -- Voluntary, unpaid blood donations must be increased rapidly in more than half the world’s countries in order to ensure a reliable supply of safe blood for patients whose lives depend on it, WHO said on World Blood Donor Day.

Blood donor receives a text message that his donated blood had been given to a patient.

Blood donation text message service in Sweden

14 June 2016 -- Arvid Öhlin was relaxing at home in Stockholm when he heard the familiar bleep of a text message, or SMS, arriving on his mobile phone. It was an ordinary event, but this was no ordinary text. It was a thank you, notifying him that the blood he recently donated had been given to a patient.

Swedish blood service
A boy plays the role of blood recipient in World Blood Donor Day 2016 video

Campaign essentials for World Blood Donor Day 2016

10 June 2016 -- Read this brochure to find out about how to get involved, how to organize and participate in activities to celebrate World Blood Donor Day on 14 June.

Volunteers donate blood in Juba, South Sudan.

From safe blood transfusions in South Sudan to hospital equipment for Yemen

27 April 2016 -- In a country facing ongoing conflict, safe blood transfusions are a life-saving necessity. WHO and partners are supporting the South Sudanese Ministry of Health in boosting the nation’s safe blood supply.

WHO/M. Moyo
A woman plays the role of blood recipient in World Blood Donor Day 2016 video

Videos: Blood connects us all

28 April 2016 -- The theme for 2016 World Blood Donor Day, 14 June, is "Blood connects us all". This is a series of three videos highlighting stories of people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, thanking blood donors for their gift of life, and encouraging people to care for one another.


fact buffet

108 million108 million blood donations are collected globally, half of these are in high-income countries.

Fact sheet on blood safety

1% Blood donation by 1% of the population can meet a nation’s most basic requirements for blood.

A global framework for action

62 countries62 countries collect 100% of their blood supply from voluntary, unpaid blood donors.

10 facts on blood transfusion


Videos: Blood connects us all

Imagine that people you have saved know who you are. Share life, give blood