WELCOME 2019! A new year marks a new beginning, new possibilities, new adventures, and opens new opportunities. We are very pleased to take this chance to wish our readership, partners, all our independent experts and all AfSBT members a Very Happy New Year. Over the past decade, despite of occasional challenges, AfSBT has made a significant progress on implementing its mandate, which directly contributed to improving access to safe blood transfusions in Africa. Among the remarkable recognitions, was the growing number of African blood services getting enrolled in AfSBT SWAP, which indicates that SWAP is gaining popularity as a trustworthy accreditation programme over the years.For the next years, AfSBT has set business strategies and future plans to expand its programmes and will strive to strengthen the capacities of BTSs to enhance blood safety in Africa.read more….
The first AfSBT baseline assessment in a Portuguese-speaking country
From the 27th October to the 3rd November 2018, the AfSBT conducted a training on AfSBT Standards and a baseline assessment of the SENASA (National blood service) of Maputo in Mozambique. This training and the baseline assessment were held in Maputo following a formal application of SENASA to the AfSBT Accreditation programme. The scope of the assessment included two collection sites (fixed and mobile), one testing area, one component production area, the quality system and the inventory system. Prior to the assessment itself, two day’s training was provided to 21 staff, among which were the top management, the quality manager, and the medical director. The training was successful for 19 staff (91%). The baseline assessment identified major and minor negative findings as well as positive findings from which the assessors developed a gap analysis and a suggested a work plan towards certification at step 1. read more….
3rd AfSBT ECOWAS CONFERENCE HELD IN ACCRA, GHANA 19-20 NOVEMBER 2018
The 3rd ECOWAS Regional Conference of the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) took place on 19 and 20 November 2018 in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. The Conference was co-presented by the ECOWAS regional executives of the AfSBT in collaboration with the National Blood Service, Ghana (NBSG) and the Ghana Society of Haematology (GhaSH), under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, Ghana. The Conference took place at the plush 5-star Labadi Beach Hotel..read more….
AfSBT Executive Committee Meeting
The Executive Committee of the Board of AfSBT met 1-2 December in Johannesburg, S. Africa. Members of the Committee are: the President, Prof. Dora Mbanya; the President Elect, Dr. Faten Moftah; Mrs. Natasha Nsamala, the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee; Mr. Dumisani Ndebele, Chair of the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee; and Executive Members, Mr. Mervyn Burton, the Finance Director and the Managing Director. The Board meeting or Executive Committee meeting is usually held at this time in order to review progress and challenges faced during the year as well as approve budgets and key activities for the ensuing year. Reports on the Arusha congress were also discussed, and recommendations were positively considered. A recommendation on the appointment of the new Managing Director was made to the Board and Dr. Mohammed Farouk subsequently received unanimous support. read more….
Appointment of the new AfSBT Managing Director
Dr. Farouk is a medical doctor with dual post graduate degrees in Transfusion Medicine and Healthcare Business Administration from Cairo University, Egypt and Union Graduate University, USA, respectively. Dr. Farouk also holds certificates on Patient Blood Management and Research Methodologies from Society for the Advancement of Blood Management and University of Maryland, USA, respectively. Over his career path in both public and private sectors, he developed a special interest and experience in transfusion medicine, healthcare management and policy, Health Management Information Systems, and research methodologies. Among other posts during his 20+ years of experience in the development and medical fields, he served as the key expert for several EU technical assistance programs and Swiss Red Cross development projects in Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Balkan regions. read more….
AfSBT Information Technology Working Group (ITWG) Technical Workshop
The AfSBT ITWG held its inaugural technical workshop from 12-13 December 2018 in South Africa. In 2016, The AfSBT Board approved the establishment of the AfSBT ITWG whose purpose is to (1) develop standards for African blood services that define and promote strategies on using Information and Communication Technology’s (ICT’s) in a blood bank environment in order to facilitate the sharing of information, (2) evaluate contemporary technologies in the area of ICT and their applicability to African blood services, (3) provide expertise knowledge for the membership in the area of ICT, and (4) promoting standards for establishing methods and technologies to protect and ensure confidentiality, availability and integrity of blood bank information, and also ensure audits of the use and good practices to manage the security of blood bank information. The AfSBT ITWG objectives are also in line with the workshop recommended outcomes on strengthening data and information management for blood services convened by World Health Organization in 2014 in Zimbabwe. read more….
The production team of Africa Sanguine invites members of the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion who are able to write in scientific French and English to offer their skills as translators for the journal. Persons who are interested can request more information from the Editor-in-Chief, Claire Armour Barrett, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this Issue:
- ISBT 29th Regional Congress, Basel, Switzerland, June 22 – 26, 2019
- AABB Annual meeting,
October 19-22, 2019 San Antonio, TX
- ISBT 30th Regional Congress, Bangkok, Thailand, November 16 – 19, 2019
- IPFA/PEI 26th International Workshop on Surveillance and Screening of Blood-borne Pathogens, Krakow, Poland, 22-23 May 2019
- ISBT 30th Regional Congress, Bangkok, Thailand, November 16 – 19, 2019
AfSBT ITWG and AfSBT Research Consortium
The AfSBT ITWG (email@example.com) and AfSBT Research Consortium (research@afsbt org) have now established official emails for communication as given. You are all welcome to direct your queries and contributions on AfSBT ITWG and AfSBT Research Consortium issues to the respective email’s
AfSBT members free access to ISBT Education
As a member of AfSBT you receive complimentary access to “ISBT Education”, the online learning environment presented by the International Society of Blood Transfusion. On ISBT Education you can access presentations from ISBT Regional and International Congresses and their associated learning quizzes free of charge. ISBT Education also includes an International Guideline Library with almost 300 scientific guideline documents from around the world. Also, an educational eBook and recordings of ISBT Webinars and Live Journal Clubs can be found on ISBT Education. We encourage you to take advantage of this unique educational opportunity. For more info, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
British Blood Transfusion Society (BBTS) offers a free affiliate membership to members of AfSBT
BBTS is proud to offer a free affiliate membership to members of AfSBT as we pursue our aim of supporting transfusion professionals around the world. BBTS is dedicated to playing a leading role in safe and effective transfusion practice through the delivery of quality education opportunities, setting standards, and promoting research, development and innovation. Join BBTS and enjoy the benefits of affiliate membership including access to publications, bursaries to attend BBTS events, and the chance to contribute to a society that is dedicated to you. Join online today at bbts.org.uk/membership
- David Mvere: Managing Director
- Heidi Goubran: Editor, e-Newsletter
- Jean-Baptiste Tapko: French Editor
- Molly Gondwe: Administration Officer