{mosimage} As a recognition to the advances of voluntary blood donation in Colombia, the Pan American Health Organization-World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) chose this country between the 42 countries, as host in order to carry out the central act of the World Day of the Donor of Blood 2008, in the `Region of the Americas`, on 14 June. 

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World No Tobacco Day is being observed May 31 with a focus on tobacco marketing, and awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to tobacco control. The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging governments to protect the world's 1.8 billion young people by imposing a ban on all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.