The World Health Organization‘s World Blood Donor Day is today, June 14, 2012.

The article title question is a play on words, since the acronym for World Health Organization is WHO. But the answer to the question is very serious.

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WHO is Celebrating World Health Organization Blood Donor Day?


Every year, countries throughout every region of the world organize a huge variety of events and activities to celebrate the day, from football matches to free concerts, and from mobile blood donation clinics to monumental decorations.

WHO and partners have decided to focus the 2012 campaign on the idea that every one of us can become a hero simply by giving blood. The everyday hero responds to an immediate need, whatever the conditions, despite inconvenience, putting the needs of others above their own. Voluntary blood donors come from all walks of life, all regions, backgrounds, religions and ages. By choosing to donate blood without getting paid, these individuals commit an “heroic” act, a gesture of human solidarity with the power to save lives. Some of them do so dozens of times over several decades.

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Whether you have the universal donor blood type “O” or not, there is a need for your blood. Everyone can support this efforts…There is a patient somewhere who needs your blood type!

The theme for World Blood Donor Day 2012 is “Every blood donor is a hero”. June 14, 2012 is designed to recognize the millions of people who save lives and improve the health of others by donating blood.

“4.5 million Americans need blood transfusions every year. Only 3% of Americans donate blood.” Kidney and liver failure, cancer, trauma, surgery, sickle cell disease, thrombocytopenia and hemophilia can all necessitate a blood transfusion.

Anemia, neonatal jaundice, premature babies, von Willebrand Disease, Alpha Thalassemia, side effects of radiation and medications are other reasons for a blood transfusion. And blood transfusions require fresh supplies of donated blood.

Historically there are shortages of blood donations in the summer as students leave colleges and Americans are vacationing. But the need does not diminish.

The United States Government supports the World Health Organization anti-AIDS initiative by providing assistance to several countries to foster blood safety and safe blood transfusion.

However, in the United States January is designated as National Blood Donor Month or National Volunteer Blood Donor Month. Other countries have multiple activities planned for the June 14 blood donor day.

But is the United States paying attention to the World Health Organization World Blood Donor Day?

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