Editor’s message

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.

In this issue of the newsletter, I am pleased to announce that the AfSBT Board has finalized the selection process for the new AfSBT Managing Director and that Dr. Mohammed Farouk will assume this position starting from April, 2019. AfSBT would like to seize this opportunity to express sincere gratitude to Mr. David Mvere for leading the AfSBT through numerous changes and challenges from 2014 to present, and to congratulate Dr. Farouk, wishing him every success in performing the important and responsible duties of this position.

As well, in this issue, get to learn about some highlights from the ECOWAS congress and other AfSBT updates and activities.

Enjoy your reading.
Heidi Goubran
Editor

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