Editor’s Message

Thinking about Accreditation? If yes, then it’s time to act and join the AfSBT Step-Wise Accreditation Programme (SWAP). We all know that accreditation is a voluntary activity initiated by the institution and it involves a comprehensive review of all institutional functions, programmes and departments. It aims to assure quality and accountability and to encourage improvement. Accreditation is a process which when completed it assures that the accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness. The AfSBT SWAP, has been implemented with the goal of maintaining and enhancing the quality and safety of blood transfusion in Africa. The accreditation programme is based on Standards prepared by a sub-group of the Task Team for Accreditation established by AfSBT.” read more….

AfSBT SWAP: Enrollment numbers are going UP

In 2019, the AfSBT Step-Wise Accreditation programme, SWAP, will be completing 10 years since its original idea was born in 2009 when accreditation was identified by the AfSBT Board of Directors as a practical, and methodical way through which the development of blood services in Africa could be directed, monitored and measured. Key to the AfSBT accreditation programme is the ‘step-wise’ concept recognizing that African blood services operate on widely different levels of maturation and sophistication. This Step-wise approach allows the AfSBT Accreditation Programme to provide a mechanism for organizations involved in the field of blood transfusion at virtually any stage of development to assure themselves that their organisation meets appropriate standards of quality and safety and to demonstrate this to their Departments of Health, funders and any other stakeholders. The evidence from the AfSBT Step-Wise accreditation program over the years suggests that recognition of blood facilities efforts to meet quality standards, even if small, encourages and enables facilities to progress from basic quality and operational requirements to an intermediate stage then to full accreditation at international standard read more….

Cameroon benchmarking visit to Rwanda

The Ministry of Health in Cameroon would like to create a nationally coordinated blood transfusion service with satellite regional center for blood transfusion. With regards to this, a team of 3 made 3 days visit to Rwanda National Blood Services from 29th to 31st August 2018, in a bid to benchmark against an improved National Blood more….

President’s Award of AABB to AfSBT

During the 2018 AABB annual meeting that was held in Boston, AfSBT was privileged receiving the AABB President’s award. This award was an honourable acknowledgement for the AfSBT for its significant contribution in strengthening Blood Transfusion Practice within the African continent read more….


Africa Sanguine 

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

AfSBT ITWG and AfSBT Research Consortium

The AfSBT ITWG ( 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

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

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  • Heidi Goubran: Editor, e-Newsletter
  • Jean-Baptiste Tapko: French Editor
  • Molly Gondwe: Administration Officer
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