Blood safety: a strategy for the African Region: report of the Regional Director
Abstract1. Blood safety is still a major concern of countries in the African Region in view of the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and other transfusion-transmissible infections. 2. In 1994, the forty-fourth session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, by its resolution AFR/RC44/R12, invited Member States to take urgent measures to formulate and implement a policy on blood transfusion safety, mobilize resources for developing the infrastructure of the blood transfusion services of central and district hospitals and set the objectives for the transfusion, in hospital settings, of blood uninfected by HIV. 3. Today, very few countries have acquired the structures and resources needed to promote the development of blood transfusion services. 4. The present strategy aims to propose concrete actions and a framework that will help the countries to have reliable and sustainable transfusion facilities. 5. The success of this strategy will depend primarily on the mobilization of adequate financial and material resources and the preparation and implementation of a realistic plan, based on an objective analysis of the situation prevailing in each country. 6. The priority interventions are the formulation and implementation of national blood transfusion policies, quality assurance, mobilization of funds and development of human resources. 7. The Regional Committee is invited to examine this strategy, enrich it, adopt it and give guidance for its implementation.
Regional Committee for Africa, 51. (2011). Blood safety: a strategy for the African Region: report of the Regional Director. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/1888