The Safe Blood for Africa Foundation™ (SBFA), a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, draws an extensive experience gained from efforts to provide technical assistance (TA) for the establishment of fully functioning, sustainable, centrally coordinated, autonomous /semiautonomous national blood services in countries in accordance with WHO prescribed best practices. The SBFA is dedicated to the establishment of sustainable Blood Services according to the guidelines and recommendations of the WHO for developing countries. Our operational structure, based on the Blood Safety Value Chain (BSVC) is a framework designed to demonstrate the connectedness between various components that are critical to making up a centrally coordinated National Blood Service (NBS) advocated by the WHO.
Long term technical assistance needs have been identified for funding through two funding mechanisms: the PEPFAR Cameroon Country Operational Plan 2012 through a CDC/MoPH Cooperative agreement and a blood safety headquarters funded technical assistance cooperative agreement through Safe Blood for Africa Foundation to provide blood safety services to Cameroon.
SBFA is expected to assist Cameroon in the setting up of the National Blood Transfusion Program with a focus on scaling up of blood transfusion services such as blood collection, testing and distribution. SBFA will provide technical assistance services related to the following five key technical areas:
SBFA shall start at the following hospitals: 1). University Teaching Hospital Yaoundé, 2). Yaoundé Central Hospital, 3). Laquintinie Hospital, Douala, 4). Regional Hospital Bamenda, and 5). Regional Hospital Annex Buea. These blood banks will be expected to serve as reference blood transfusion centres as it is indicated in the National Blood Program.
During the first 6 months, SBFA
Next activities in 2013-2014: