Blood banks in Afghanistan gets sup­port from WHO

BioSpectrum (India) - - WHO NEWS -

Blood trans­fu­sions help save thou­sands of lives ev­ery year in Afghanistan. Given the in­ten­si­fy­ing con­flict in many parts of the coun­try, more peo­ple than ever rely on the avail­abil­ity of safe blood trans­fu­sion ser­vices. With the sup­port of the EU's Euro­pean Civil Pro­tec­tion and Hu­man­i­tar­ian Aid Op­er­a­tions depart­ment (ECHO), the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) sup­ports Afghanistan’s blood banks to en­sure safe and ef­fi­cient ser­vices.

In the past year, thanks to fund­ing from the Euro­pean Civil Pro­tec­tion and Hu­man­i­tar­ian Aid Op­er­a­tions depart­ment (ECHO), WHO has equipped 10 provin­cial and re­gional hos­pi­tals with nec­es­sary sup­plies to strengthen blood trans­fu­sion ser­vices and to en­able them to gather, test, store and pre­serve blood safely and ef­fec­tively. Plasma sep­a­ra­tion, which can be used to treat a range of dis­eases, had also not been avail­able in Afghanistan be­fore WHO and ECHO joined forces to strengthen the coun­try’s blood banks. Now, a sin­gle unit of blood can be used to ben­e­fit sev­eral pa­tients.

In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing equip­ment and sup­plies to guar­an­tee the ef­fec­tive and safe op­er­a­tion of blood banks, in the past year WHO has trained 31 blood bank staff from 19 prov­inces on plasma sep­a­ra­tion and safe blood trans­fu­sions.

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