World Blood Donor Day is being observed on Wednesday (June 14).
The theme of this year of World Blood Donor Day 2017 is ‘Give blood, Give now, Give often’.
According to World Health Organization, blood donation by one percent of the population can meet a nation’s most basic requirements for blood.
According to one report, 112.5 million blood donations collected globally and approximately half of these are collected in high-income countries.
In low-income countries, up to sixty-five percent of blood transfusions are given to children under five years of age whereas in high-income countries, the most frequently transfused patient group is over sixty-five years of age, accounting for up to seventy-six percent of all transfusions.
Based on samples of thousand people, the blood donation rate is thirty-two point one donations in high-income countries, fourteen point nine donations in upper-middle-income countries, seven point eight donations in lower-middle-income countries and four point six donations in low-income countries.