Blood safety and laboratory technology

World Blood Donor Day, 14 June 2016: "Blood connects us all"

The theme of this year's World Blood Donor Day is "Blood connects us all".

It focuses on thanking blood donors and highlights the dimension of "sharing" and "connection" between blood donors and patients. In addition, we have adopted the slogan "Share life, give blood", to draw attention to the roles that voluntary donation systems play in encouraging people to care for one another and promote community cohesion.

The campaign aims to highlight stories of people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, to motivate regular blood donors to continue giving blood, and motivate people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so, particularly young people.

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

World Blood Donor Day, 14 June 2016: "Blood connects us all"

The theme of this year's World Blood Donor Day is "Blood connects us all".

It focuses on thanking blood donors and highlights the dimension of "sharing" and "connection" between blood donors and patients. In addition, we have adopted the slogan "Share life, give blood", to draw attention to the roles that voluntary donation systems play in encouraging people to care for one another and promote community cohesion.

The campaign aims to highlight stories of people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, to motivate regular blood donors to continue giving blood, and motivate people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so, particularly young people.

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Dr Aparna Singh Shah
Regional Adviser
Blood Safety and Laboratory Technology
shahap@who.int