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Your blood can save lives

13 june 2017

Every year, on 14th June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

Blood is an important resource, both for planned treatments and urgent interventions. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life. And it supports complex medical and surgical procedures. Blood is also vital for treating the wounded during emergencies and has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and perinatal care.

The lives and health of millions of people are affected by emergencies every year. In the last decade, disasters have caused more than 1 million deaths, with more than 250 million people being affected by emergencies every year. Natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and storms create considerable needs for emergency health care, while at the same time, often destroying vital health facilities as well. Man-made disasters such as road accidents and armed conflicts also generate substantial health care demands and the need for front-line treatment.

An adequate supply of blood can only be ensured by engaging the entire community and a blood donor population committed to voluntary blood donation throughout the year.

To support World Blood Donor Day, Cigna Global Health Benefits invited the Red Cross to our office in Antwerp for a group donation. On the day, 102 Cigna colleagues registered to give blood, 81 could give blood and 45 were first time donors. In just one day we donated a total of 40.5 litres of blood!

For more information on World Blood Donor Day, check out the WHO’s website