The date 1st of October is of importance for the health sector in India. The day is celebrated as National Voluntary Blood Donation Day across India. The purpose of the day is to promote blood donation so that a person in need gets blood when required. Various blood donation camps are arranged in various parts of India to mark the day. People are encouraged to come forward and voluntarily donate blood this day. Can Blood Donation Lead to Weight Gain? 7 Myths Debunked.

The National Voluntary Blood Donation Day has only grown from strength to strength every year. The tradition first began on this in the year 1975. The day was first celebrated through the Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohaematology. The day has assumed such importance that many people look forward to this day to donate blood.

Significance & Objective of the Day

The significance of the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day is to highlight the importance of having "blood-bank" in India to help patients in time of need. The objective is to encourage initiatives that make masses aware about the need to donate blood.


Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life. It also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and childcare and during the emergency response to man-made and natural disasters. Blood stocks are also essential in natural and man-made disasters. Some blood types are rare, so promoting the need for rare donor types is also part of this event. Many countries still have a shortage of donors and thus donating blood is vital to these countries to raise awareness of blood donation and thus increase supply to save as many lives as possible.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Oct 01, 2019 08:30 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website