Blood transfusion safety

Inter-regional workshop on 'Blood donor selection and donor counselling'

Place: Nairobi, Kenya
Date: 27–30 June 2011

The WHO-HQ Blood Transfusion Safety team (WHO-HQ/BTS), WHO-AFRO and WHO-EMRO; in collaboration with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA and Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service convened a four-day inter-regional workshop on "Blood donor selection and donor counselling" for priority countries in the African and Eastern Mediterranean regions.

Pre-publication versions of WHO/CDC/IFRC implementation guidelines on "Counselling blood donors" and "WHO recommendations on blood donor selection" (which are in the process of being published) were used as the basis of this workshop.

Objectives

  • To share information and experiences on how donor selection and counselling programmes are structured in the respective countries.
  • To identify challenges/ constraints faced by countries and define key strategies to strengthen the blood donor selection and counselling programmes.
  • To introduce participants to WHO/CDC/IFRC implementation guidelines "Counselling Blood Donors and WHO "Recommendations on Blood Donor Selection"
  • To develop draft country action plans for implementation of blood donor selection and counselling programmes.
  • To make recommendations to WHO/BTS and CDC on supporting countries in meeting their needs in establishing such programmes.

Expected outcomes

  • A network of organizations and participants created to share experiences.
  • Understanding of major challenges and constraints faced by countries, and appropriate strategies to improve donor notification and pre and post donation counselling identified.
  • New WHO/CDC/IFRC implementation guidelines "Counselling Blood Donors and WHO "Recommendations on Blood Donor Selection" introduced.
  • Draft action plans prepared for strengthening donor selection and counselling programmes in the priority countries
  • Key recommendations to WHO/BTS and CDC proposed for future action.

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