Shillong: Together with the rest of the world, the Meghalaya AIDS Control Society will jointly observe World Blood Donor Day on Wednesday on the theme "Every Blood Donor is a Hero," in collaboration with Meghalaya State Legislators Forum on HIV and AIDS, Meghalaya State Transfusion Council and all licensed blood banks in the state.

"For safe and continuous supply of blood, every year June 14 is observed as World Blood Donor Day. This year a month-long programme would be launched focusing on the idea that everyone can become a hero by giving blood," S Laloo, project director of the Meghalaya AIDS Control Society says.

"While recognizing the silent and unsung heroes who save lives every day through blood donation, the theme also strongly encourages more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly," the official says.

The goal of the World Health Organization is for all countries to obtain their blood supplies entirely from voluntary unpaid donors by 2020, Laloo says. PTI JOP


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