GBF’s Work Produces Results
There is overwhelming evidence that building a strong
programme of voluntary donation offers enormous rewards
GBF’s core focus on enabling volunteer donation has a wealth of evidence to support its effectiveness.
UNAIDS programme report a number of studies that observe managing the transfusion transmitted infection (TTI) risk of selected donors – i.e. effective donor management – is more effective than HIV antigen testing.
Experience in the field supports this conclusion. Careful donor selection programs in South Africa, a country with extremely high HIV/AIDS prevalence, has reduced HIV in the donor population to less than 0.25%, demonstrating the dramatic impact that such strategies can deliver.
And WHO figures show significant increases in voluntary donation in low and middle-income countries. They recorded an increase of over 10 million blood donations from voluntary unpaid donors since 2004, with particusdlarly high increases in South-East Asia (78%) and Africa (51%).
However, while more than seventy countries still rely on family/replacement donor for most of their blood collection - and around a third of these continue to actually pay donors - there remains much work to be done. But there is extensive evidence that, with concerted effort, significant progress can continue to be made in this important area.