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Editor’s Message

It is a great pleasure for me to share with you the first announcement for our upcoming congress. We are pleased to invite you to the 10th AfSBT International Congress which will be held from 20 to 23 April 2020 in Dakar, Senegal. The congress is organized in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Social Action and the National Blood Transfusion Services of Senegal. The theme of the congress will be “Blood Transfusion and Health Priorities in Africa”. so please save the date and join us next year at the King Fahd Palace convention center in Dakar!read more….

Cambodia undergoes Baseline assessment

The AfSBT Step-Wise Accreditation Programme (SWAP) aims at supporting blood services to scale up transfusion safety through certification (at Step 1 or Step 2) and Accreditation (at Step 3). AfSBT embarks on providing the necessary Technical Assistance in form of education, training and mentoring of Blood Transfusion Services (BTSs). Through SWAP, BTSs get a greater assurance that the quality of services meets international standards. This in turn, gives confidence that the same level of service and safety is available throughout the area served by the organization. Cambodia National Blood Transfusion Services has therefore enrolled into the programme and is currently pursuing Step 1 Certification. read more….

AfSBT Step-Wise Accreditation Programme (SWAP) “Flexible Approach, Quality Results”

The AfSBT Step-Wise Accreditation Programme (SWAP), has been implemented with the goal of maintaining and enhancing the quality and safety of blood transfusion in Africa. The accreditation programme is based on Standards prepared by a sub-group of the Task Team for Accreditation established by AfSBT. Accreditation by the AfSBT provides formal recognition that the blood transfusion facility meets all the requirements of the stipulated step of the AfSBT Standards: Step-Wise Accreditation Programme (ACR-R01). The competence of the facility to perform the functions to be accredited will be assessed through a formal process designed to show that the functions routinely satisfy the stipulated criteria and that the documented Quality System is fully implemented to support these functions. read more….

AfSBT Step-Wise Accreditation Programme (SWAP): Financial flexibility in limited resources settings

The certification or accreditation of a blood transfusion facility by Africa Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) under its Step-Wise Accreditation Programme (SWAP) is based on the AfSBT Standards for Blood Transfusion. The SWAP provides formal recognition that the facility meets the requirements of the stipulated step of the programme, as formally assessed through a process designed to show that the functions routinely meet the requirements of the Standards and that the documented Quality System is fully implemented to support these functions.read more….

AfSBT Awards Free Associate Membership to National Blood Transfusion Services in Africa

AfSBT aims to provide access to the leadership of national blood services and help them stay informed about the society programmes, stay up to date with all information and business trends in the field of blood transfusion, and get free access to “Members-Only Section” on the AfSBT website with its exclusive educational materials, contents and benefits. Being an Associate member gives the BTS, its staff and other relevant partners in the respective country, the opportunity to stay connected and enjoy all the benefits of this membership as listed below:
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Announcement

Africa Sanguine 

The production team of Africa Sanguine invites members of the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion who are able to write in scientific French and English to offer their skills as translators for the journal. Persons who are interested can request more information from the Editor-in-Chief, Claire Armour Barrett, by emailing africa.sanguine@afsbt.org.

AfSBT ITWG and AfSBT Research Consortium

The AfSBT ITWG (itwg@afsbt.org) and AfSBT Research Consortium (research@afsbt org) have now established official emails for communication as given. You are all welcome to direct your queries and contributions on AfSBT ITWG and AfSBT Research Consortium issues to the respective email’s

AfSBT members free access to ISBT Education

As a member of AfSBT you receive complimentary access to “ISBT Education”, the online learning environment presented by the International Society of Blood Transfusion. On ISBT Education you can access presentations from ISBT Regional and International Congresses and their associated learning quizzes free of charge. ISBT Education also includes an International Guideline Library with almost 300 scientific guideline documents from around the world. Also, an educational eBook and recordings of ISBT Webinars and Live Journal Clubs can be found on ISBT Education. We encourage you to take advantage of this unique educational opportunity. For more info, please contact info@afsbt.org.

British Blood Transfusion Society (BBTS) offers a free affiliate membership to members of AfSBT

BBTS is proud to offer a free affiliate membership to members of AfSBT as we pursue our aim of supporting transfusion professionals around the world. BBTS is dedicated to playing a leading role in safe and effective transfusion practice through the delivery of quality education opportunities, setting standards, and promoting research, development and innovation. Join BBTS and enjoy the benefits of affiliate membership including access to publications, bursaries to attend BBTS events, and the chance to contribute to a society that is dedicated to you. Join online today at bbts.org.uk/membership

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  • Mohammed Farouk: Managing Director
  • Heidi Goubran: Editor, e-Newsletter
  • Jean-Baptiste Tapko: French Editor
  • Molly Gondwe: Administration Officer
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