The outbreak and spread of the pandemic has created several unforeseen healthcare challenges. The shortage of blood and blood components is causing distress to many people undergoing medical treatment, especially those with thalassemia requiring regular transfusions. On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day — marked on June 14 every year — join us as we acknowledge and applaud those who have been successfully and safely donating blood during the COVID-19 crisis.

Owing to the reduced number of donors in recent months, the number of units of blood issued by Red Cross blood banks has been consistently more than the number of blood units received through donations. Despite the challenges, the Indian Red Cross Society’s 89 blood banks across the country continue to play a vital role in ensuring uninterrupted supply of blood and blood components. A small act of kindness on the part of donors can make a big humanitarian contribution in these trying times. This video message from a centurion blood donor is a reminder of the unique power of blood donation to save lives.

Read more about our COVID-19 response:

COVID-19: Red Cross Volunteers Rise to the Challenge

COVID-19: Unified Response with Indian Red Cross Volunteers’ Frontline Support