Blood safety and laboratory technology

World Blood Donor Day, 14 June 2019: Safe blood for all

World Blood Donor Day 2019

Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

Access for all to safe blood and blood products is a vital part to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). As the theme of this year’s World Blood Donor Day – ‘Safe blood for all’ – emphasizes, all people everywhere should have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe, quality-assured blood and blood products. The health system needs to meet demand, for the patients with blood and bone marrow disorders, a child with severe anaemia, a woman suffering from bleeding associated with pregnancy and childbirth, for surgeries, treatment of malignancies etc.

Regional workshop on Quality Management System and Biosafety in Laboratories, Pune, India, 24 - 28 August 2015

This Regional workshop on quality management system (QMS) and, Biosafety in laboratories in South East Asia Region was organized to develop a core group of trainers who can support member states in implementation of laboratory quality system using laboratory quality stepwise implementation (LQSI) tool developed by Royal tropical Institute (KIT-Amsterdam-NL) for the WHO. This regional core group of trainers were also oriented on packaging and shipping of infectious laboratory specimens as per UN norms.

Thirty one participants from eight SEAR countries viz Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand attended this workshop.

The Workshop was facilitated by the experts from Royal Tropical Institute (KIT Biomedical Research), Amsterdam NL, WHO Headquarters, Geneva and from the South-East Asia Regional Office.

Shipping and packaging of Infectious, biological substances, dangerous goods (DG) and cold chain maintenance (CCM) IATA awareness onsite training

Shipping and packaging of Infectious, biological substances, dangerous goods (DG) and cold chain maintenance (CCM) IATA awareness onsite training has been organized SEARO-CDS-BLT with help of World Courier. The International Air Transport Association (IATA)'s Dangerous Goods Regulations have recently undergone sweeping changes that impact how specimens must be classified and packaged. World Courier has developed a specialized 1-day training course designed specifically for shippers involved in the transportation of clinical specimens via air.

Regional workshop on virological techniques in Influenza and other emerging viruses

Regional workshop on virological techniques in Influenza and other emerging viruses, National Institute of Virology, Pune, India, from 11 – 15 May 2015

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Dr Aparna Singh Shah
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Blood Safety and Laboratory Technology
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