Right now, reserves are below that minimum.
It is recognised as a day to honour voluntary blood donors for their generosity and sacrifice, as well as raise awareness surrounding the need for regular donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need. She said that there is a gap opening up between an older, post-WWII generation, which is less able to give blood, and a newer generation, which simply does not have enough time to donate. "Give blood. Share life".
The American Red Cross is asking for help in its "Missing Types" campaign. "Because you never know when you or someone you know is in desperate need of the blood", Iverson said. Organizers hope when you notice the three letters missing from some of the sites you see while surfing, you'll be interested in becoming a blood donor or help recruit others.
The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moet has called on African countries to strengthen national blood services to enhance universal access to safe blood. "This blood is used by every person living in this country who needs a transfusion during an operation or after being involved in an accident", Mlambo says.
Promote the need for blood donors on social media.
The Red Cross has more information at its website here.
McGuire noted the Red Cross suggests people should make sure they have a full stomach and aren't dehydrated if they plan on donating.
Red Cross spokesperson Laura McGuire said the organization is attempting to educate the public on some misconceptions surrounding blood donation.
Lily Dotson and her family know how serious blood shortages can be for patients.
Companies, organizations, and community groups are also encouraged to host a blood drive this summer to help rebuild the blood supply, especially during the months of July and August.
Blood and blood products are a critical part of everyday medical care including major surgeries, medical procedures, cancer treatments and managing disease.