1 in 14 people in Bangladesh is infected with thalassemia...

World Blood Donor Day

1 in 14 people in Bangladesh is infected with thalassemia

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 03:48 PM, 14 June 2022   Updated: 03:50 PM, 14 June 2022

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1 in 14 people in Bangladesh is infected with thalassemia. About 10,000 babies are born with thalassemia every year. It has not yet been possible to make ‘artificial blood’ in the world. The life and death of these children depend only on one bag of blood donated voluntarily.

Today is World Blood Donor Day. The day is being celebrated all over the world. Like every year since 2004, the day is being observed to ensure safe blood. 

World Blood Donor Day is being celebrated in Bangladesh like other countries of the world. The Quantum Foundation, a humanitarian organization with a maximum donor pool of about 450,000 blood donors, has come forward along with the government initiative to celebrate this day. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has set the theme for this year’s Blood Donor Day – “Donating Blood is an Act of Solidarity, Join Effort and Save Lives”. The purpose of this day is to show respect and blood donation to those who are doing this great work as part of their social responsibility. 

Another significance of this day is the birthday of the Austrian biologist and physician, scientist Karl Landsteiner. This Nobel laureate scientist discovered blood groups A, B, O and AB. The day was chosen to honor the birthday of the father of the blood transfusion method. 

WHO observes World Blood Donor Day in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations (FIODS) and the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT). Mexico is the host country of this year’s World Blood Donor Day. The day will be marked by a global event in Mexico City.

The Quantum Foundation, a 24-hour humanitarian organization, started blood donation activities in 1996 and established its own state-of-the-art lab in 2000 to become an important source of safe blood in compliance with all the rules set by the WHO. 

So far, Quantum has supplied 1.4 million units of blood and blood components. The organization has provided completely free blood to countless people who cannot even afford the processing costs. In the year 2020, the lab provided about 85,000 units of blood and blood components in compliance with the hygiene rules.   

Quantum has undertaken several colorful programs to celebrate Blood Donor Day with due dignity. These include blood donor walks, blood camps and blood donor honors ceremonies. 

The colorful blood donation awareness walk started from the premises of the National Museum at Shahbagh in the capital at 10 am and ended at the Jatiya Press Club. About 200 voluntary blood donors who have donated blood at least 50 times and 25 times took part in the march. A blood donor award ceremony was also held at 11:30 am at the Press Club Auditorium. 

The annual demand for blood in our country is about 8-10 lakh units. Quantum is meeting about 11 percent of the country’s total demand. Since blood has to be given to meet the need for blood; Therefore, the increase in voluntary blood donors through mass awareness can meet this demand for blood - this is what the people concerned think.

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