The Safe Blood for Africa Foundation™ (SBFA)commencedits intervention in Mali in 2012. This was interrupted by civil disturbances until mid-2013. Since that time there have been low levels of activity but a complete Blood Safety Assessment and planning events have taken place in Bamako, Ségou and Kita. Mali is served by the Centre National de Transfusion Sanguine(CNTS) which is headquartered in Bamako with antennes in all regions under the regional hospitals. The ongoing civil conflict prevents work north of Mopti or Gao. The SBFA is dedicated to the establishment of sustainable Blood Services according to the guidelines and recommendations of 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) as advocated by WHO.
Long term Technical Assistance needs have been identified for funding through PEPFAR under a Cooperative Agreement with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Through a partnership agreement with Physicians for Peace (PFP) we have assisted in the establishment of an improved Blood Testing Facility in Ségou.
The SBFA anticipates assisting Mali in strengthening the National Blood Transfusion Programme and CNTS with a focus on scaling up Blood Safety such as blood collection, testing and distribution through Technical Assistance related to the following five key technical areas:
Since we began in Mali, SBFA has
Future activities include: