Editor’s Message

The countdown to the 10th International AfSBT Congress starts, we look forward to seeing many of you in Dakar. The organizers have put together a fantastic programme, and are still working to make it an unforgettable scientific event and experience. Visit the congress website regularly to stay up-to-date on the latest congress information including, but not limited to, scientific programme updates, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and social events. As well, the scientific committee invites you to submit your abstract to be considered for inclusion as oral and poster presentations. Abstract submission is now open online read more….

Message from AfSBT President

I am very honoured to welcome you to the 10th International Congress of AfSBT holding from 20 to 23 April 2020. AfSBT is proud today that after 9 successful congresses, our 10th meeting is taking place in the beautiful capital city of Dakar, Senegal, the westernmost city on our African continent, a major regional port, and the largest city of this great country. Blood safety challenges are predominant on the African continent, and this is more so in sub-Saharan Africa where political commitment is yet limited, there is a high prevalence of transfusion transmissible infections, a shortage of trained personnel in transfusion medicine and infrastructural and other resources, contribute significantly to hamper safety. Furthermore, altruistic blood donation is not common, especially as taboos and other cultural beliefs are still associated with blood in some African cultures. read more….

Training and mentorship in Tanzania June-July 2019

From 17 June to 07 July, a team of AfSBT educators composed of JB Tapko, Lesley Bust, and Oyetunde undertook a mission in Tanzania to support the NBTS team. The objectives of this mission were to

  1. Train Tanzania NBTS staff on quality management system and AfSBT standards version 2
  2. Train national mentors and
  3. Mentor staff in Eastern and Lack zones Blood Transfusion Centers from 24 June to 5 July 2019
  4. Training on QMS and AfSBT Standards

The training took place in Moshi from 17 to 19 June 2019 and was attended by 45 participants coming from all Zonal BTCs and private institutions. It was facilitated by JB Tapko, AfSBT education manager and Lesley Bust AfSBT consultant. read more….

ABOUT AfSBT – ECOWAS Message from V.P. AfSBT, ECOWAS Region

Historical Background
After some years of consultation among some African professionals in blood transfusion, the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) was launched in Abidjan at an international AIDS Conference in 1997. The mission and organization of the Society were formulated and produced into a booklet of statues of AfSBT in both English and French. In 2009, at the AfSBT Congress in Nairobi Kenya, it was decided to create Regional groupings of the Society to bring the Society nearer to members. Thus, five Regions were created along geopolitical and linguistic zones of the continent namely: the SADC Region comprising Southern African Countries, the EAC comprising the Eastern and Central African, the ECOWAS comprising the five Anglophone countries of West Africa, the RAFTS comprising the French-speaking countries of West Africa and the ZAGREB region comprising the North African countries.read more….


AfSBT Call for Proposals 11th AfSBT International Congress in 2022

AfSBT invites National Blood Transfusion Institutes in African countries to submit their bid to host the 11th AfSBT International Congress in 2022.

Please download a copy of the Request for Proposal (RFP) following this link: https://afsbt.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/RFP_-AfSBT-2022-Congress.pdf and follow the instructions. As per AfSBT Rules and Procedures, an application to host the Congress can be submitted by a National Blood Transfusion Service or Society or another blood establishment recognized by AfSBT as an appropriate host organization (Ministry of Health Department, University or Faculty, etc.). Interested bidders are invited to submit their application, with all the required supporting documents by email to info@afsbt.org no later than 15 October 2019.

The successful bidder will be notified by 5 November 2019 and will be requested to prepare a presentation and/or exhibition at the 2020 Congress in Dakar in order to publicize for 2022 congress among delegates, sponsors and exhibitors.

Any questions regarding the bid should be directed to info@afsbt.org

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 africa.sanguine@afsbt.org.

AfSBT ITWG and AfSBT Research Consortium

The AfSBT ITWG (itwg@afsbt.org) 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 info@afsbt.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

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