Monday, April 15, 2013

Zambia hosts African Scientific symposium on Blood Transfusion

By Meluse Kapatamoyo

Zambia is tomorrow expected to host the Second International African Scientific Symposium on Blood Transfusion Services.

The two-day event to be held at Radisson Blu Hotel will bring together 50 blood transfusion practitioners and experts from various Francophone and Anglophone African Countries with the objective to discuss blood safety, and laboratory strategies that would contribute towards promotion of safety of blood and blood products.

According to a statement released by the Zambian National Blood Transfusion Service (ZNBTS), the symposium will be held under the auspices of the African Society for Blood Transfusion, SADC Region and spearheaded this year by ZNBTS.

Topics will come from various regions of the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT), namely East African Community (EAC); Economic Grouping of West African States (ECOWAS); North African States (MAGREB); and Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The inaugural symposium was held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in April of 2012.
Zambia was chosen to host this second Symposium. The Africa Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) plans to make this as an annual event, alternating between Anglophone and Francophone countries.

It is expected that at the end of the symposium on Wednesday, participants would have shared information on improvement of blood safety on the African continent.

This is to facilitate contribution towards attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on health, particularly those related to combating HIV and AIDS, and those focusing on reducing maternal and child mortalities.  PYM


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