The transfusion center, the blood donor and the given blood in francophone African countries

ArticleinTransfusion Clinique et Biologique 16(5-6):431-8 · September 2009with11 Reads
Impact Factor: 0.71 · DOI: 10.1016/j.tracli.2009.07.005 · Source: PubMed


    In subsaharan Africa, knowledge of the organization and methods of transfusion centers, as well as blood donor characteristics, is essential in choosing strategies to improve transfusion practices and the security of blood products on this Continent. The present study was based on a analysis led in partnership with the transfusion of seven francophone African countries (Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Cost, Mali, Niger, and Rwanda). The results showed that withstanding significant progress has been realized in the organization and safety, but much remains to be undertaken over the years to come in order to improve the organization of the centers, the providing of blood products and the infectious and immunohematologic safety. This evolution, for the moment, is limited by the financial resources, insufficient training of personnel and cultural obstacles, but will necessarily pass through the pursuit of conjugated efforts of the scientific, international and local communities.