Paint the world red in 2011

On 14 June 2011, countries worldwide celebrated World Blood Donor Day with events 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.

The theme for World Blood Donor Day 2011 was, "More blood. More life." This theme reinforced the urgent need for more people all over the world to become life-savers by volunteering to donate blood regularly.

Tell everyone about your World Blood Donor Day event

Join the World Blood Donor Day 2011 campaign and tell everyone how your community celebrated "Paint the world red" on 14 June!

Argentina hosted the global launch of World Blood Donor Day

This is the first time that the global World Blood Donor Day event was hosted in Latin America and the Government of Argentina welcomed the challenge!

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fact buffet

Blood donations worldwide

92 millionannually by all types of blood

Blood safety: factsheet 2011
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Donors aged under 25 years

45%of all donations collected in low- and middle-income countries

Distribution of blood donors by age, 2011
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Female donors

40%or more of the blood supply in 25 countries

Distribution of blood donors by sex, 2011
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