- Over 5,000 sub-Saharan Africans have received Safe Blood for Africa Foundation’s (SBAF) proper blood practices and utilisation during the past five years.
The beneficiaries include blood safety technicians, nurses and doctors.
The foundation in was established seven years back when the world health body (WHO) estimated that between 5 and 10 percent of all HIV/AIDS infections resulted from blood transfusions. The body has since then contributed to the substantial reduction of the problem.
"I am very proud of the accomplishments of Safe Blood for Africa Foundation in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS from blood transfusion in Africa and increasing the supply of Safe Blood that is desperately needed to save Africans needing transfusions," Jeff Busch, Chairman and Founder, said in a news release.
Supported by several organisations and institutions, including the World Bank and the USAID, SAFB has trained professionals in 36 sub-Saharan countries in donor recruitment of safe voluntary non-remunerated donors, blood testing for HIV and other blood-borne infectious diseases, quality management of blood centers and hospital transfusion services, blood utilization and the proper use of blood in transfusions.
The body is headquartered in Washington D.C, United States of America.
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