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Thu, 13 Jun

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Reading room & AMCH blood center

World Blood Donation Day - 2024

Donate your blood to save life.

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World Blood Donation Day - 2024
World Blood Donation Day - 2024

Time & Location

13 Jun 2024, 10:00 am – 14 Jun 2024, 3:00 pm

Reading room & AMCH blood center, Dr. B.r. Ambedkar Medical College Medical College And Lab, 19, Venkateshpuram, Kadugondanahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560045, India

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About The Event

Donating blood offers numerous benefits, both for the donor and for those in need of blood. Here are six key benefits:

  1. Saving Lives: Donating blood can save up to three lives with a single donation, as the blood can be separated into components (red cells, plasma, and platelets) for different patients.
  2. Health Benefits for Donors: Regular blood donation can help in reducing the risk of heart disease and certain cancers by lowering iron levels in the body. High iron levels can lead to oxidative damage, which is harmful to the cardiovascular system.
  3. Free Health Screening: Blood donors receive a mini health check-up that includes checking vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, and hemoglobin levels) and screening for infectious diseases. This can help in early detection of potential health issues.
  4. Blood Cell Replenishment: Donating blood stimulates the production of new blood cells, which can help in maintaining good health and improving the body’s efficiency in carrying oxygen.
  5. Psychological Benefits: The act of donating blood can enhance a sense of well-being and satisfaction as it involves helping others in need. It can also reduce stress and improve emotional health by fostering a sense of community and altruism.
  6. Community Impact: Blood donation contributes to a stable blood supply, which is essential for hospitals and emergency medical services. This ensures that blood is available for surgeries, cancer treatments, chronic illness management, and trauma care.

Who can donate?

  • Age: Donors typically need to be at least 16 or 17 years old, depending on the country and local regulations. Some places allow 16-year-olds to donate with parental consent. There is often an upper age limit for first-time donors, usually around 60-65 years.
  • Weight: Donors must usually weigh at least 110 pounds (50 kilograms) to ensure their safety and the safety of the donation process.
  • Health: Donors should be in good general health and feel well on the day of donation. They must not have any infections or illnesses that could be transmitted through blood.
  • Hemoglobin Levels: Donors must have adequate hemoglobin levels. This is typically checked during the pre-donation screening process.
  • Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions and treatments may temporarily or permanently disqualify someone from donating blood. Common disqualifications include active infections, chronic diseases (like hepatitis or HIV), recent surgeries, and certain medications.
  • Travel and Risk Factors: Recent travel to areas with certain infectious diseases (like malaria or Zika) may temporarily disqualify someone from donating. Lifestyle factors and high-risk behaviors, such as intravenous drug use or certain sexual activities, can also affect eligibility.
  • Pregnancy: Pregnant women are usually not eligible to donate blood. After childbirth, a waiting period of several months may be required before a woman can donate blood again.
  • Donation Frequency: There are limits on how often someone can donate blood. Whole blood donations are typically allowed every 8 weeks, while platelet donations can be more frequent, usually every 7 days up to 24 times a year.

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