Tajikistan hosts blood donation event
The Ministry of Health of Tajikistan and the Republican Blood Centre, technically supported by WHO/Europe and other internaional partners, hosted an event to highlight the importance of voluntary blood donation. It was held on 12 January 2011 in Dushanbe.
Technical support was provided under the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) project on HIV/AIDS in the fields of:
- building capacity
- improving voluntary blood donation
- strengthening blood safety
- developing national guidelines for external quality assessment in laboratories.
The system of regular blood donation in Tajikistan has been well-established since 2011. WHO/Europe and the United Nations agencies are actively involved in voluntary blood donations, which are organized through mobile teams from the Republican Blood Centre.
A WHO/Europe representative stressed the need to continue to maintain the system of voluntary blood donation in order to preserve and strengthen the health system of the country. He also stressed that the attraction and retention of donors improves the long-term security and sufficiency of blood supplies, which have direct implications for public health. The best results are achieved when blood transfusion services enjoy strong government support and attract mostly voluntary and non-remunerated blood donors.