Blood safety and laboratory technology

World Blood Donor Day, 14 June 2018: Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life.

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.

The theme of this year’s campaign is blood donation as an action of solidarity. It highlights the fundamental human values of altruism, respect, empathy and kindness which underline and sustain voluntary unpaid blood donation systems. We have adopted the slogan, “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life”, to draw attention to the roles that voluntary donation systems play in encouraging people to care for one another and generate social ties and a united community.

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
Regional Adviser
Blood Safety and Laboratory Technology
shahap@who.int