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.
- 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.
- 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.