To mark World Blood Donor Day, celebrated each year on 14 June, the IFRC has published a small selection of historical posters used by National Societies around the world to promote voluntary non-remunerated blood donation. For decades, many National Societies have been involved in blood donation either directly, or in support of programmes by national authorities.

The map above illustrates how National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies were involved in blood donation and donor recruitment activities in 1987. Below are 16 posters from around the world. Click on the images to take a closer look.

League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

1978 – Angola Red Cross

Belgian Red Cross

Nicaraguan Red Cross

Egyptian Red Crescent Society

American Red Cross (1985)

American Red Cross (1985)

Lebanese Red Cross (1967)

Zambia Red Cross Society

Japanese Red Cross Society

Australian Red Cross

Ecuadorian Red Cross

Turkish Red Crescent Society

Hungarian Red Cross (1977)

The Alliance of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies of the USSR (1982)

If you want to learn more about blood donation, you should contact your National Society who can provide information how and where you can donate.