WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY 2014
Since 2004, WHO selects a country to host the WBDD Global event. The basis of selection depends on the achievements & quality of the Transfusion service.
The events have been held at South Africa, UK, Thailand, Canada, Dubai, Australia, Spain, Argentina & France. With our achievements, NBTS Sri Lanka was able to be selected as the host country for WBDD 2014 Global Event, from a competitive bidding process.
This is the very first occasion that WHO has selected a South Asian country to host this prestigious event. NBTS takes all efforts to make this event a success and to bring glory to the country. Featuring the theme "Access to Safe Blood to Save Mothers", NBTS will pronounce a World Blood Donor Week to celebrate the global event of the WBDD 2014. The World Blood Donor Week will comprise of many events.
World Blood Donor Day 2014 (9th to 14th June 2014)
It is indeed a great pleasure for me to welcome you to the World Blood Donor Day celebrations to be held in Colombo Sri Lanka from 9th to 14th June 2014.
Sri Lanka has been fortunate to become the first ever South Asian country to host the WBDD global event in 2014 and Sri Lanka will be the second country in the South-East Asian region to host the global event. This precious opportunity was gained by National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) of Sri Lanka due to its unique achievements during recent past.
NBTS Sri Lanka is the sole supplier of blood and blood products of the country and functions as a nationally coordinated system under the purview of Ministry of Health. The system consists of 88 hospital based blood banks clustered in to 16 clusters and National Blood Centre acts as the technical and administrative headquarters of the service. During the year 2012, 99.4% of total blood collection was from Voluntary Non Remunerated Blood Donations (VNRBD).
The WBDD celebration is one of the main events in the calendar of NBTS, and in the year 2013 nearly 3500 voluntary blood donors were felicitated under the patronage of His Excellency the President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. The WBDD 2014 global event celebrations will be held in grand scale with the participation of local and international experts. A series of events have been planned including scientific sessions, mass blood donation campaign and a trade exhibition in parallel with the main event on 14th June 2014.