In May 2005, during the World Health Assembly, Health ministers from around the world unanimously adopted a statement of commitment and support of voluntary blood donation. In resolution WHA58.13, they agreed annually 14 June to hold the World Blood Donor Day (World Blood Donor Day).
World Blood Donor Day — a special day celebrated after-remunerated blood donors. It is coordinated by the World Health Organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Society of Blood Transfusion and the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations.
In Day events involved 193 UN Member States, 181 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 50 voluntary donors, and numerous experts on blood transfusion from all over the world.
Every second around the world in people of all ages and from the need for blood transfusion to survive. While the need for blood is universal, but access to it those who need it, unfortunately, is not universal. Particularly acute shortage of blood is in developing countries, where the majority of the world's population.
Sponsoring Organization established a steering committee whose functions include planning Day activities at the global and national levels. One important task is to highlight the activities of the World Blood Donor Day in the media.