Our mission is to save lives
Our mission is to save lives by improving the availability and safety of
blood in some of the world’s poorest nations. There are many ways to achieve
this and we try to be as responsive as possible to the
expressed needs of those we strive to help.
Some needs – such as improving skills or providing much-needed equipment - are common across most blood services. On other occasions collection agencies may have particular requirements that relate to local difficulties.
GBF listens to and works with partners in low-income countries to provide tailored solutions to their problems. GBF work includes:
- Making grants available to Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to help with grass-roots recruitment projects
- Developing a public service TV-spot for Haiti
- Introducing a pre-donation blood typing program to improve awareness and public engagement in Uganda
- Conducting cross-continent “story contests” in Asia and Africa. Read the stories here.
- Establishing a blood bank in rural Laos
- Distributing apanish-language technical manuals to all blood services in Latin America
- Purchasing red cell exchange sets and other consumables to help expand treatment for sickle cell disease etc. in DRC and Nigeria.