Whole blood pathogen inactivation: which benefit for blood safety in Africa?

Claude Tagny Tayou, El Dusouqui S, Rigal E, Mbanya D


According to WHO, the global burden of disease due to unsafe blood transfusion can be reduced through an integrated approach for blood safety based on 4 strategies:

-          Establishment of a nationally-coordinated blood transfusion service

-          Collection of blood only from voluntary non-remunerated blood donors from low-risk populations

-          Testing of all donated blood, including screening for transfusion-transmissible infections (TTIs), blood grouping and compatibility testing

-          Reduction in unnecessary transfusions through the effective clinical use of blood1.

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