IPAW in October 2023
October 2 - 6, 2023

International Plasma Awareness Week is held annually to raise global awareness about source plasma collection, recognize the valued contributions of donors, and increase understanding about plasma protein therapies and rare diseases.

IPAW Recognized in Congress

"I rise today to recognize and support International Plasma Awareness Week (IPAW), October 2–6, both in the United States and around the world. Patients across the globe rely on medicines made from donated human plasma to lead productive, healthy lives. The need for plasma donation is ongoing—plasma is the starting ingredient for numerous lifesaving therapies to treat individuals living with rare diseases. This week, patients, plasma donors, and plasma donation centers will join together to raise global awareness of the crucial need for plasma, recognize the contributions of plasma donors, and call attention to the many rare diseases treated with plasma protein therapies."

- Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-07) recognizing IPAW in the Congressional Record
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International Plasma Awareness Week (IPAW) is held annually during the first week of October. A joint effort of PPTA and its member companies, IPAW was launched in 2013 to raise greater awareness about the importance of donating plasma. Many people living with life-threatening, chronic, and genetic diseases rely on plasma as a treatment; unlike traditional pharmaceuticals, the source material for most plasma protein therapies is human plasma.

Although the Association and all our members are grateful every day for each person who rolls up their sleeve to donate plasma and help save someone’s life, IPAW offers all of us a dedicated week to show our appreciation and to share the stories of dedicated donors. This year’s IPAW will be celebrated from October 2-6.

What is the purpose of IPAW?

  • Raise global awareness about source plasma collection

  • Recognize the contributions of plasma donors to saving and improving the lives of patients living with rare and/or genetic conditions around the world

  • Increase understanding about lifesaving plasma protein therapies and rare diseases

Who is the target audience for IPAW?

IPAW is for everyone! Patients around the world rely on plasma protein therapies and this underscores the value of plasma donation. From the person who may just be looking for ways to help their neighbor to policymakers who can impact regulations – there is a need to increase the understanding and appreciation for plasma donation.

How can you help?

  1. Post content to your social media accounts acknowledging IPAW. Share and like PPTA’s Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn posts @PPTAEurope and @PlasmaProteins.

  2. Consider using any of the following hashtags in your social media content:

  3. Learn more about the impact of donating plasma by visiting one of our websites and reading firsthand patients’ and donors’ experiences and share these stories with your friends and family.


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Social media graphics

Feel free to use the following suggested text with these easy-to-post social media nuggets for every day of IPAW! These can be adapted for posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Of course, you can also customize to your target groups. Please remember to include #IPAW2023 in your social media events to help us track IPAW's success and cite www.pptaglobal.org to assist viewers in finding information and donation center locations!

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A girl is showing a drawing in her left hand. On the drawing there is a superwomen with logo on her heart that says plasma donor.

From PPTA: "Thank you, plasma donors!"

Two happy women are hugging each other in a park.

Why is Donating Plasma Important?

A lady is giving an interview about their experiences.

Meet Amber, a Teacher and Dedicated Plasma Donor

A girl with red hat.

Polly's Story - PPTA

A man during his interview process.

"How Is Your Day?" | "Today, I can run my ecological painting business and make people happy."

A lady during the donation process.

"How Is Your Day?" | "We may all need a donation at some point"

Man that is currently standing outside.

"How Is Your Day?" | "I donate because I want to do good."


The Power of Plasma Donation

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Supporting organizations


Media contact U.S.
Rachel Liebe
Manager Global Communications

Media contact Europe
Alexa Wetzel
Director Source Europe