The need for organ transplants is increasing worldwide. The on-going lack of available organs has resulted in an increase in the number of patients on the waiting list.
The idea behind this Day, initiated by the Council of Europe, is to help a different member state each year to encourage debate and provide information on organ donation and transplantation, legal and medical measures so that each person can decide on donation and make their wishes known to their family.
- Blood Transfusion and Organ Transplantation: elaborating ethical, legal and safety standards.
- Pharmaceutical Care : developing and promoting best practices
- Anti-counterfeiting activities: supporting public health protection.
- Cosmetics et Packaging Materials: focusing on the safe use of cosmetics and packaging materials for food and medicines.
This annual celebration aims to create awareness of the need for safe blood for transfusion and to highlight the importance of blood donation.
WBDD is also a day to celebrate and thank those people throughout the world who donate blood.