Access to safe blood is a key component of effective health care and voluntary donors are the cornerstone of a safe blood supply. Voluntary unpaid blood donors are indeed vital for ensuring a sufficient, stable blood supply. Around 107 million units of blood donations are collected globally every year. Nearly 50% of these blood donations are collected in high-income countries, home to 15% of the world's population.
World Blood Donor Day - WBDD, celebrated on 14 June every year to commemorate the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the Nobel Prize winner who discovered the ABO blood group system serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. With the slogan "Give the gift of life: donate blood", this year's campaign, the 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day had focus on the value of donated blood to the patient, not only in saving life, but also in helping people live longer and more productive lives.
India today's population of 1,020 million requires 9.5 million units per year. But only 5.5 million units per year are available, leading to 40 per cent shortage. It is expected in general that about 1 - 3% of a country's population should donate blood voluntarily to meet the entire demands of the country. World Health Organization - WHO has set year 2020 as the target year for all countries to obtain 100% of blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors.
Considering the fact that in India today the age group 18 - 24 constitutes more than 50% of blood donors, Prof BR Natarajan President - Vice Chancellor gave a clarion call in August 2012 urging the faculty and students of Sangam University to take up voluntary blood donation on a regular basis as a mission with passion and put Bhilwara among top ranking cities for blood donation.
Team Sangam participated in a big way in the ABTYP - Akhil Bharatiya Terapanth Yuvak Parishad organized MBDD - Mega Blood Donation Drive on 17 Sep, 2012 which catapulted Bhilwara among top 10 cities which took part. This was followed by participation in the Blood Donation camp organized Smt Kesar Bai Soni Hospital Bhilwara on 02 Feb 2013.
Young Giants the Cub of Giants International Bhilwara Joined Hands with Sangam University to Organize a Blood Donation Camp on March 20, 2013 to celebrate UN First International Day of Happiness. On 14 June 2013 on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day, a team of Sangam Faculty went to Ram Snehi Hospital at Bhilwara to donate blood.
Team Sangam firmly believes that donation of blood is indeed a gesture of goodwill and care for the fellow human beings and that there is no gift more valuable than this, as it is actually a gift of life for the person who receives it.
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Notes to Editor
The Institution supported by Sangam Group of Industries which is one among the top ranking corporates in India today with business interests spanning textiles, steel, infrastructure, power and energy has been established by Govt. of Rajasthan Act No. 14 of 2012 incorporated u/s 2(f) of UGC Act 1956. For more details see http://www.sangamuniversity.ac.in