New tools to Support "Pledge 25 Club" in Africa
Retaining blood donors after they leave high school is a constant and long-standing challenge for almost all African countries. Working closely with the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion, GBF published a "how-to" guide - authored by a Zimbabwean expert - to distill and communicate best-practice in this important area. Hundreds of copies were distributed free-of-charge across the continent. We also developed new digital tools to ensure connectivity between clubs within and between countries, enabling African youth to more effectively build their community of committed young donors. An appointed manager in Africa is helping promote and co-ordinate activity; encouraging more countries to adopt the program and improving the return for those currently active.
Ensuring Access to the Latest Thinking
and Practice in Transfusion Medicine
In partnership with leading professional association ISBT, GBF purchased sets of key transfusion-medicine publications. These were donated to multiple countries across Africa (Cameroon, Ghana, Zambia, Morocco, Kenya etc.) helping ensure that patients are treated by physicians with access to the latest information in this specialist and fast-evolving field.
Delivering Donor Recruitment and Management Training
Building on the success of the inaugural event in Johannesburg, more delegates from across Africa were invited to attend training at the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion's Collaborating Center in Kigali, Rwanda. During the week-long event, participants were exposed to best practice at one of Africa's foremost services and also heard on a range of topics from local and international experts from Africa, Europe and the US. Participants committed to sharing knowledge with colleagues upon return to their home blood services.
Helping India Attract More Donors
To entice hundreds more donors to Indian "mega-drives", at the behest of local organizers GBF supplied baseball caps as a donor encouragement. The logo is that of blood center supporters in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. The pictures shared enable us to create a link between donors in these US communities and those in India, emphasizing that all are part of a worldwide donor community.
Donated Bloodmobiles Improve Operational
Flexibility in Africa and Asia
Pictured is one of half a dozen 3-bed bloodmobiles donated in partnership with England's NHS Blood and Transplant. All were presented at separate handover ceremonies in London, attended by the High Commissioner of the receiving country. The vehicles went to Sri Lanka, Botswana, Swaziland, Mozambique, Malawi and Kenya.
Helping Africa Better Mange That Most Precious of Resources - Its Blood Donors
Participants from across Africa attend an International Donor Recruitment, Engagement and Management workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event was a collaboration between GBF, the South African National Blood Service and the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion. Participants from Ethiopia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Nigeria, Togo, Kenya and Ghana were represented.
Adios! Spanish speaking TV attend the handover of a bloodmobile in San Diego, California.
Adios! Spanish speaking TV attend the handover of a bloodmobile in San Diego, California. A few minutes later the vehicle began its journey to Yukatan, Mexico where it will help engage under-served communities, increase blood collection and save more lives.
Establishing A Blood Bank in Northern Laos
Pictured is the formal handover ceremony of the new facility to the district authorities.
Nalea District Hospital is located in Louangnamtha province, northern Laos. This 16-bed facility sits in a remote mountainous area, far from the provincial hospital. With no local blood collection or storage capabilities it has been extremely difficult to meet the emergency blood needs of critically ill patients, particularly in the rainy season when roads become impassable. By purchasing $20,000 of equipment including refrigerators and a centrifuge and supporting local training, GBF is establishing the district's first and only blood bank, serving a local population of over 25,000.
Cameroon Says "Thank You" For $500,000+ Blood Bag Donation
GBF donated over half a million dollars worth of blood bags - plus other equipment - to the health authorities in Cameroon, enabling that country's limited resources to be redirected towards direct patient care.
Story Contest: Sickle Cell Warriors Explain How Blood Helps Their Plight
Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a painful and life-shortening condition. But blood transfusions can help sufferers to lead healthier, longer lives; for example by preventing the strokes so often associated with SCD. Pictured is Sharon Koli Sibuda from Nairobi, Kenya, who scooped first prize; seen both as she is today and when experiencing a previous crisis. She pipped dozens of excellent entries from across Africa with her moving story "Unheard Cries of Despair". Read her story and those of other winners here
Delegates Trained at IFBDO International Youth Forum in Lebanon
A GBF trainer was keynote speaker at an International Federation of Blood Donor Organisations (IFBDO) event in Beirut. Young delegates representing more than a dozen European, African and Asian countries enjoyed two 3-hour sessions in which they were introduced to the latest blood donor recruitment and retention techniques. Read the letter of thanks here
Supporting Sickle Cell Patients in Africa
12 year old Apphia lives in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has bravely battled Sickle Cell Disease her whole young life. Sadly she suffered a stroke this year, a common but severe complication of SCD But she is now receiving monthly red cell exchange therapy, funded by GBF, to help her recovery and reduce the probability of a future stroke.
What's your Type . . .
Introducing pre-donation blood typing as a donor recruitment tool in Uganda.
Spot The Difference . . .
A re-homed Scottish bloodmobile begins its new life in Beirut, Lebanon.
A Vote of Thanks
Sponsoring training in the US for Mexican donor recruiters
A new platelet incubator and agitator enables better component management in Vanuatu’s main hospital
The winner of our Asia story contest receives one of her regular transfusions; part of her lifetime battle with a debilitating blood disorder.
Training in Uganda and Namibia
Donor Recruitment and Management training helps encourage and make best use of that most precious of resources – volunteer blood donors.
Facilitating the Exchange of Best Practices
The leader of the association of blood donor organisations in Cameroon enjoys training with the South African National Blood Service in a visit funded by GBF.
All - Abroad
Portable donation beds and other equipment set sail from the UK to Nigeria.
Mobile Collection Options
Improve Operational Flexibility
US-donated bloodmobiles make their way across the border to support blood collectors in Mexico and enable them to reach more potential donors.
We Have A Winner
GBF worked with the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion to gather powerful stories from across the continent that will improve global understand around the challenges of safety and sufficiency in low-income countries.
Improving Blood Collection in
Georgia, Eastern Caucasus
A GBF-funded US expert helps engineer collaboration between Rotary and the local blood service in order to recruit and retain more donors.
Going For A Spin
Donated centrifuges arrive at their new home in Mexico.
Donation beds flown into land-locked Lesotho make giving blood a much more pleasant experience for donors, improving recruitment and retention.
Sharing International Experiences
Renowned expert Dr. Jose Cruz shares with a pan-African audience the steps that helped Nicaragua achieve 100% voluntary donation. His visit to the conference in Zimbabwe was sponsored by GBF to help cross-pollinate new approaches.
Banners, TVs and More…
Helping Ghana to recruit and retain more donors.
Across A Continent
Spanish language technical manuals were donated by GBF to countries across Latin America to ensure experts are kept up to speed with latest best practice.
Smile As You Roll-Up Your Sleeve
Local funny-man Tonton Bicha stars in a TV advert/PSA funded by GBF for the blood service in Haiti.
Communicating the Need
T-Shirts (and a poster and radio campaign) draw attention to the need for more blood donors to come forward in Zambia’s Eastern Province.
Apheresis in Africa
Donated technology introduces new therapeutic options otherwise not available.