Governance of AfSBT at Regional Level

  1. Introduction

The Africa Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) is registered in South Africa as a not for profit company. The Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) and the policies and procedures that support it were drafted in 2012. The AfSBT is one indivisible continent-wide organisation representing the interests of membership from French, English and Portuguese speaking countries. The Regions were formed in order to provide easier access to information and programmes supporting the primary goals of the AfSBT, which are to:

  • Pursue, promote and maintain the highest level of ethical and professional standards
  • Facilitate the exchange of information between its members
  • Act as a resource institute accessible to individual blood transfusion services or national governments on blood transfusion
  • Encourage regional collaborative programmes

The regional groupings of the AfSBT are based and aligned to the African geopolitical groupings namely: East African Community (EAC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Maghreb and Southern African Development Community (SADC) under the African Union (AU). So, the regions are the backbone of the AfSBT.

Check the countries listed under each region at www.afsbt.org

AfSBT possesses the tools of governance at continental level (Executive and Non-Executives Directors on the Board). However, it is necessary to define the relationship of the Regions with the Society in terms of governance, management and functions and also to define the procedures that need to be followed in electing office holders.

 2.Governance:

Regions are created merely as operational units to promote the objectives of AfSBT.  Regions are subject and bound by the (Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) of the AfSBT. The Region is administered by a Committee headed by a Chairman who becomes a Vice President (VP) of AfSBT, and is a Non-Executive Director and member of the Board of AfSBT. Other members may be appointed to represent the Region on various AfSBT committees and become members of the Regional Committee.

  1. The functions of the Regional Committee include;

The functions of the Regional Committee include, but not limited to, recruitment of new members and motivation of existing members to retain active membership; raise funds for the Region where feasible through networking; promote the impact of AfSBT in the region through providing regional leadership on transfusion related issues; organise professional activities such as conferences, training workshops on Accreditation and Standards for Blood Transfusion in Africa; educate and inform colleagues working in the field of transfusion about the activities of AfSBT; and contribute to the education programme of  AfSBT.

  1. Membership of the Regional Committee

Applicants will continue to be appointed to membership of AfSBT by the AfSBT Management Office and the names and particulars of new members will be forwarded as and when to the applicable Regional Committee by the Administration Officer.  In order to increase the number of members and improve membership retention the head of the National Blood Transfusion Service or his nominee shall be appointed as the focal point in each country for purposes of communicating with members, raising awareness of AfSBT and its programmes and for facilitating nominations.

 5.Elections of Regional Committee members:

Elections of Regional Committee members may be conducted by electronic nomination and voting or by secret ballot during a Regional Congress, upon announcement by the AfSBT management office.

  1. Application to request funding from AfSBT

The MO shall consult and develop a list of priority projects for funding. The list shall be approved by the Board and posted to the Regional Committees as well as posted on the AfSBT website to guide applicants who want financial support to carry out the projects. These projects may include training, workshops, developing learning materials etc., The list of approved projects shall be by order of importance and with the possible amount of funds allocated. (not publicized)

The Region applying for support should send a request to AfSBT via email at info@afsbt.org, with a brief description of the project, in turn an application form will be sent to the requester with all the details of the procedures to be followed

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