2008

Global Blood Fund is founded as a 501(c)(3) charitable arm of the Oklahoma Blood Institute, one of the largest community blood centers in the US.

2012

GBF engaged new leadership and re-invigorated its strategy and operations.

2012

Finalist, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenge: Saving Lives at Birth.

2012

Funded TV spot, encouraging blood donation to help post-earthquake recovery in Haiti.

2013

Launch of the EqXchange (Equipment Exchange) portal, connecting those who have with those who need.

2013

Early equipment donations include portable donation beds to Cambodia, blood mixers to Rwanda, centrifuges to Mexico, hemapheresis technology to Nigeria…

2013

Delivered first of many bloodmobiles (to CETS in Chihuahua, Mexico).

2013

Participated in the Ghanaian Ebola Readiness and Resilience Initiative.

2013

Blood Systems Inc. (now Vitalant) and others join the Open Arms program, offering their donors the opportunity to have a financial donation made by the blood center on their behalf to support GBF’s work. To be joined by New York Blood Center, BioBridge and many more.

2013

Signed MoU with AfSBT (Africa Society for Blood Transfusion).

2013

In collaboration with Rotary, donated two volumes of a newly published technical manual to every country in Latin America.

2014

Grants distributed for activity in Ghana; Kenya; Tanzania; Zambia and Uganda.

2014

GBF signs MoU with AABB (American Association of Blood Banks).

2014

Facilitated sharing of Latin American donor management best practice with African blood bankers.

2015

Over 600 portable donation beds (purchase value approaching $1,000,000) gifted to Mexico and Nigeria.

2015

In partnership with AATM (the Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine) GBF ran the first of a number of international “story contests” to generate donor and patient narratives to complement the traditional industry focus on statistics.

2015

Staff training program delivered in Namibia.

2015

GBF (Europe) established as a Charitable Incorporated Organization in the UK.

2016

Donated over 40,000 new blood bags (value in excess of $500,000) to Cameroon.

2016

Together with England’s NHS Blood and Transplant, conducted successful pilot of pre-donation blood typing (as a recruitment strategy) in Uganda.

2016

Together with a consortium of US blood centers, delivered support (e.g. red cell exchange therapy) for sickle cell disease patients in DRC and Nigeria.

2017

Established first rural blood bank in Northern Laos.

2017

Received substantial funding from the Commonwealth Transfusion Foundation to help combat the Global Transfusion Crisis.

2017

In partnership with SANBS (the South African National Blood Service), held the first International Donor Recruitment Engagement and Management workshop in Johannesburg.

2017

Six three-bed blood mobiles donated to Asia and Africa.

2018

GBF celebrates 10th anniversary.

2018

First collaborative activity with ISBT (International Society of Blood Transfusion), donating transfusion medicine textbooks across Africa.

2018

GBF publishes and distributes the book “Unlocking the Potential for Blood Adequacy in Africa”.

2018

Launch of Pledge 25 Club activity to help aid the retention of high-school blood donors.

2019

First in-country Pledge 25 Club training delivered, for Uganda.

2019

GBF helps purchase Trima technology for Nigeria, enabling stem cell transplantation for the first time.

2019

Significant $$$ donations from Terumo BCT, Abbott, Immucor. We thank these and other industry supporters – Macopharma, Haemonetics, Fresenius, Applied Science, HemaTerra and many more – for their financial and in-kind support.

2019

Training series delivered to KNBTS (Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service).

2020

Stood up research program in Tanzania to establish the cost-effectiveness of switching from qualitative to quantitative Hb testing.

2020

COVID-19 information, education and communication resources donated to multiple countries in Africa and Latin America.

2020

Pandemic-related grants program provided funding for, e.g., research in Cameroon, donor education in Nigeria.

2020

Launch of cloud-based Blood Donor Recruiter Education and Certification Program, consisting of 12 X 30-minute narrated video modules to facilitate distance learning.

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