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Regional Blood Safety Initiative

Blood is needed every day

It is a lifeline for:
  • Patients needing surgery;
  • Victims of accidents or violence;
  • Mothers & infants experiencing complications during childbirth;
  • Countless other patients.
Fact: One of every five people in the world will need donated blood at least once in his/her lifetime.

Yet, in Latin America and the Caribbean, thousands of people have been infected with blood-borne diseases as a result of blood transfusions.
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis BB
  • HIVV
  • Chagas diseasee
  • Syphiliss

A PAHEF grant helped launch this initiative to:
  • Increase and improve screening of blood for disease.
  • Attract more voluntary blood donors, who are less likely to be infected than paid or replacement donors.
The PAHO/WHO Regional Blood Safety Initiative is already making a difference:
  • Use of screened blood units reduced:
    • 87% reduction for HIV
    • 82% reduction for hepatitis B
    • 92% reduction for hepatitis C
  • Goal of 50% voluntary blood donors exceeded in six countries
  • Percentage of high-risk paid blood donors significantly decreased overall

Safe Blood Saves Lives !

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