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Give freely, give often as blood donation matters: WHO
World celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) on June 14 each year since 2004 to raise awareness about the need for safe blood and blood products as to thank blood donors for their voluntary life-saving gifts of blood to the needy. The theme of this year's WBDD campaign is "Thank you for saving my life".

According to medical science, transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year by supporting complex medical and surgical procedures.

An adequate blood supply can only be assured through regular donations by voluntary unpaid blood donors. India lacks in unpaid voluntary blood donations since it is largely dependent on family and paid donors for fulfilling the needs of required blood transfusion.

According to WHO, the WBDD this year was meant to focus on thanking blood donors who save lives every day through their blood donations and strongly encourages more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly with the slogan "Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters."

The WHO has urged the member countries to highlight stories from people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, as a way of motivating regular blood donors to continue giving blood and people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so.

Here's my haiku on blood donation.

Must share a little,
and must care to donate blood
to give gift of life.

Donation of blood
costs you just a few minutes
to save priceless life. 

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