First national training on basic haemovigilance concepts held in Dushanbe

Haemovigilance is an integral part of the quality management process in the blood transfusion service. As such, it is expected to lead to the reduction of morbidity and mortality associated with transfusion of blood and blood products, including transfusion-transmitted infections (mainly HIV and hepatitis B and C). In line with the above, efforts focused on updating local technical knowledge on basic haemovigilance concepts have been undertaken with WHO Regional Office for Europe and Global Fund technical and financial support. An introductory national training was conducted in the country in October 2010, with international trainers from the French national blood services.

This first national seminar on “Basic haemovigilance concepts” aimed at improving transfusion therapy and health care based on WHO recommendations and applied to the current situation and needs. 20 specialists from the blood transfusion centers and central districts hospitals from all regions of the country attended the training. Current evidence based and safety practices along the blood transfusion chain and similar international experiences were shared during the event. These should support steps towards the potential development of a national haemovigilance system complementing national programmes for safe blood donation and optimal use of blood as well as strengthen the knowledge in the field of quality management systems with emphasis on monitoring, reporting and evaluation procedures.

Particular emphasis is now given to the role of haemovigilance as part of the quality improvement process, addressing both safe blood donation and safe blood use.