Blood safety quality management training in Tajikistan

The WHO Country Office in Tajikistan, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and the Republican Blood Center organized a special series of quality management training  on blood safety 3-14 May 2011 in Kulyab.

Strengthening blood services is part of a multi-sector approach to prevent HIV/AIDS transmission, promoted by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Efforts focused on updating local technical knowledge have been undertaken with the support of WHO/Europe, starting with training the trainers on optimal use of blood in 2009.

Under the framework of the joint work with the United Nations Development Programme and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, training sessions for staff working with blood transfusion were conducted to strengthen capacity in blood safety quality management. Twenty specialists from blood services and central districts hospitals from all regions across the country participated.

These trainings were key in promoting best practices such as

  • reducing high-risk sexual and injecting behaviors among populations most vulnerable to HIV infection, including sex-workers and prisoners;
  • reducing high-risk behaviors among other vulnerable populations including migrant’s families;
  • protecting young people by scaling-up their coverage by comprehensive, quality prevention interventions;
  • eliminating the risk of HIV transmission through blood and blood products and decreasing the risk of nosocomial transmission;
  • preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV;
  • improving the quality of life of people living with HIV by providing high-quality and opportunistic treatment, care and support;
  • strengthening the evidence base for a targeted and effective national response to HIV/AIDS through improved second generation sentinel surveillance; and
  • creating a supportive environment for a sustainable national response to HIV based on WHO recommendations and standards, including the application to the current situation and needs of the country.
As a result of the training, participants received knowledge and built skills in the following areas:
  • modern clinical practice and procedures;
  • blood transfusions, including prescriptions, orders, transportation and storage of blood components and products for transfusions;
  • clinical decision-making in different situations; and
  • ensuring quality of the transfusion process in hospitals.