An event to honor “World Blood Donor Day 2014,” was held on June 17th 2014 at Phuket Red Cross Office in Phuket town. Phuket Governor – Maitri Inthusut presided over the opening ceremony of the event which was attended by President of the Phuket Red Cross Chapter – Pawini Inthusut, PPAO Council Member – Theera Jiasakul and distinguished guests. World Blood Donor Day, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), falls on June 14th of every year. It is held to honor Dr Karl Landsteiner who discovered blood groups A, B and O, possibly the most important contribution to the world’s blood giving services.
This year’s theme “Safe Blood for Saving Mothers” aims to raise awareness of the importance of timely intervention – by giving blood – to women encountering medical complications while giving birth. According to WHO statistics, each day over 800 women, mostly in developing countries, lose life from child birth-related haemorrhage and lack of available safe blood.
The event on June 17th was also a promotional campaign to give blood in honor of HM the King, and to thank regular contributors by awarding 101 organizations and 39 donors with Red Cross pins. Other activities, which took place on June 13th, included an organ donating campaign, discussion forum focusing on the topic “Safe Blood for Saving Mothers,” a question-and-answer session on organ donation, and statements by individuals whose lives were saved by blood transfusions.