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World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on the day of the birthday anniversary of Karl Landsteiner on 14th of June in 1868. This event celebration was first started in the year 2004 aiming to raise the public awareness about the need for safe blood donation (including its products) voluntarily and unpaid by the healthy person. Blood donors are the key role player at this day as they donate life-saving gifts of blood to the needed person.
Blood donation is a major concern to the society as donated blood is lifesaving for individuals who need it. Blood is scarce. There is a shortage of active blood donors to meet the need of increased blood demand. Blood donation as a therapeutic exercise. Globally, approximately 80 million units of blood are donated each year
Blood Connects us all.
We all know giving blood provides an essential lifeline to those in need, but a growing body of research demonstrates that it could have health benefits for the donor too. Findings have shown that donating blood reduces the risk of heart attacks and even cancer.
It even burns 650 calories for every pint given. The news could come as welcome boost to British blood banks which use an average of 7,000 units of blood every day.
It is thought that the benefits arise from lowering high iron levels. Iron affects how thick and sticky the texture of the blood is.  High iron levels cause the blood to be thicker. Raised iron levels also accelerate the oxidization process of cholesterol. This can affect blood consistency and create increased friction as it travels through blood vessels. As this increases wear and tear to the lining of arteries it could then contribute to cardiovascular disease. Because donating blood removes some of its iron content, it may, therefore, have a protective benefit if done on a consistent basis by helping thin the blood.
According to a study from the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that those aged 43 to 61 had fewer heart attacks and strokes when they donated blood every six months.
Every second, there is someone who requires blood. But unfortunately, in India, every year 12 million units of blood are required, out of which only 9 million units come off the blood bank’s shelves through voluntarily donated blood.
Due to blood unavailability, many people lose lives in the face of accidents/emergencies or complicated surgeries. Almost 800 women die from causes related to complications of pregnancy and childbirth globally. Severe bleeding during pregnancy, delivery or after childbirth is the single biggest cause of maternal death and can kill a healthy woman within 2 hours if she is unattended. Urgent access to safe supplies of blood for transfusion is critical to saving these women’s lives.
So don’t shy away! Anyone between the age group of 18 to 65, weighing above 45 kgs, and having a hemoglobin level of 12.5 or above can easily donate blood. The blood donated is less than half of the extra blood that your body does not need. You can and should donate blood every three months.

Blood Facts

1) There is no substitute for human Blood
2) Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to all of the body
3) Blood fights against infection and helps heal wounds
4) Red Blood cells live about 120 days in our bodies.
5) Giving blood will not decrease your strength.
6) You cannot get AIDS or any other blood disease by donating blood.
7) Anyone who is in good health is at least 17 years old, and weighs at least 50 Kgs may donate blood every 56 days.
8) Blood centers often run short of type O and B blood.
9) Every three seconds someone needs blood.

What Are The Benefits of donating blood?

1) In patients prone to iron overload, blood donation prevents the accumulation of toxic quantities.
2) Donating blood may reduce the risk of heart disease for men.
3) A single blood donation can save up to three lives.
4) Donating blood may not only benefit the person who received the blood cells but may also improve the health of the donor.
5) Blood donation also burns the extra calories and reduces your cholesterol level.
6) After donating blood, the count of blood cells decreases in our body, which stimulates the bone marrow to produce new red blood cells in order to replenish the loss. So, it stimulates the production of new blood cells and refreshes the system.

Blood Donation Camps By Sant Nirankari Mission

The one who heals has always been considered to be closest to God and the hand that heals is directed by a pious heart full of love, kindness, empathy, and divinity. Healing is a divine act we wish to do with profound humility and knowledge of our own limitations and the probable odds. But SNM (Sant Nirankari Mission) also face it with limitless faith because there is no excuse for not trying.
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value we focus on improving people’s health.  Everyone at SNCF, have been making our humble contributions towards the field of health and medical care in many ways because SNM
believe helping is not charity, it is an opportunity.
Over the last three decades, SNM initiatives in the domain of Blood Donation have been based on the thought that ‘Blood should flow in veins and not in drains’. With hundreds of thousands of units already donated, the marathon task is underway on a regular basis to reach many more milestones. In 2011-12 more than 50,000 units were donated in various parts of the world by SNCF volunteers in over 390 camps organized for the purpose.

It further humbles them to state that Sant Nirankari Mission has been honored with the distinction of being the ‘Highest Blood Donating Group’ by Sh. Ghulam Nabi Azad, the honorable Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, for the year 2010-11. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also appreciated SNM distinguished and invaluable contribution by saying that ‘It is this kind of people who can make all the difference to the society at large.’

Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation has again been awarded on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day i.e. on 14th June 2013, as one of the leading NGO for organizing voluntary blood donation drive. SNCF activities regarding Blood Donation were applauded and an award was given by Dr. A.K. Walia, Hon’ble ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of NCT of Delhi.

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