Blood safety

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This component contributes to the implementation of the regional strategy by supporting Member states to ensure safe blood transfusion through;

  • Establishment of effective, sustainable blood supply structures through efficient organization and management of a nationally coordinated blood transfusion service with a strengthened infrastructure and quality systems in all areas of the service
  • Increase in the blood donation rate per 1000 population; reduction in family/replacement donation increase in the number and proportion of regular voluntary blood donors; and a lower prevalence of HIV and other transfusion-transmissible infections (TTIs) among donors.
  • Improved detection of HIV and other TTIs in blood intended for transfusion through improved quality and coverage of screening; improved procedures for blood grouping and compatibility testing to minimize adverse transfusion events.
  • Promoting reduction in unnecessary transfusions through the appropriate use of blood and blood products and their safe administration to patients.

The main achievements include: formulation of a regional strategy for blood safety; support to countries to develop their national blood safety policies and training of nationals on the rational use of blood and blood products.